Going Further is back for 2016 and here at the Grace Collective we couldn’t be more excited! We are partnering with Presbytarian Youth Ministry to be part of Going Further in February 2016. It’s an incredible week in community to consider God’s loving of us and living the Jesus way as we head into the year with our life, career, studies and church.
Following Jesus and his call on our lives is seldom straightforward. Life is overwhelming, full of distractions and discouragements. Going Further is about going beyond the superficial noise and easy words and diving into the stuff that really counts.
It is a time to become more ourselves, to be refreshed by the Holy Spirit, to hear the voice of Jesus, connect in community and to be re-formed in order to go further as God’s people in this complex, beautiful and needy world.
This time the key speaker is Reverent Francis ‘Frank’ Ritchie. Frank cut his teeth in broadcasting by hosting The Green Room on Life FM for 8 years. He can be heard on Newstalk ZB at Easter and Christmas as part of some award winning shows, runs a blog that he updates from time to time, has a colourful social media presence, and loves good coffee.
Frank has also worked for a number of years with TEAR Fund, one of New Zealand’s leading aid and development agencies. That work has taken him into the slums of Nairobi, Delhi, and Mumbai, where he has seen the difference that can be made by generous and innovative people. He has also been caught in the middle of tension between the Israelis and Palestinians while on short trips in that part of the world.
Frank is a Wesleyan Methodist minister and is hungry to see the Kingdom of God come, on earth as it is in heaven. As a brilliant communicator and pastor he will help us grow in our understanding of our place in God’s unfolding story.
If you still aren’t convinced, Alex Johnston talks about his experience at Going Further in 2015 here.