Planning is well under-way for the Easter event season. The teams for SERVICEstation (the advice area we provide for large events) are in place, and as part of our preparation, production of the next edition of iServe is in process.
This is very detailed work, so pray for me and my team as we put this resource together and that God will use it to point many to service opportunities.
The search for a new Executive Director for Global Connections is ongoing. Sadly, the person appointed in April last year stood down from the post just before Christmas. Team morale is good but we really need a new boss!
Please pray for those involved in the recruitment process – that they will have clear guidance and godly wisdom regarding this critical appointment of a leader for what is now a large network.
The next GOfest event will be at All Nations Christian College on 12th May 2018 and planning is progressing well. I chair the GOfest partnership. This will be a great day for all the family, celebrating what God is doing worldwide and exploring how we can be involved in His mission locally and globally.
Pray for good relationships to be built with local churches and the ongoing development of the programme.
We are currently planning for the next training cohort for City Pastors with a new promo video available to help our recruitment. We are also very grateful to receive the ‘Pride in Work’ award at the WOWs (Wonders of Westside) awards last month. Once again, we’re so thankful for the regard in which the project is held and don’t take this privilege for granted. You can watch our three minute video here:
Pray for more applications to come in – we need at least 15 to boost our numbers.
The pre-Easter event season was successfully completed. It was a logistical challenge with three events running simultaneously in three different parts of the country. Hundreds of people engaged with SERVICEstation and some who had been helped in previous years came back to tell us about how God had been at work in their lives and moved them into a new ministry.
GOfest has been a strong feature of the last few months. I’ve invested considerable time and energy into making this happen, alongside an excellent team from our key partner mission agencies. The event at Moorlands College happened on Saturday 13th May and it went extremely well with the venue pretty much filled. Our strategy with GOfest is not just to run an event but to use this as a basis for ongoing relationships with local churches to work with them in the realm of world mission. We had over 30 church leaders from across three different church networks gather together in January to talk about connecting with GOfest. We held another follow-up event on 9 June. Pray that meaningful relationships and positive engagement will follow. We will now also start to plan the next GOfest event which will be at All Nations Christian College on 12 May next year.
Planning for the summer events is already under way. Pray that we can recruit the required team members for each event.
We’ve been busy with City Pastors recently having just completed training with a new batch of recruits. Mark and I are also working with Gas St. Church over the next couple of months. One of the 10-week ‘Gas St. Groups’ will focus on City Pastors, so we’ll be delivering our training for that group in a different format and hope that those who attend will join our team at the end of the programme.
Prayers are appreciated for my mum who is awaiting major back surgery. She has already had her pre-op assessment but there’s still no sign of a surgery date yet. She is in constant pain, despite ongoing pain management.
Since Jo’s last input into Living Stones Prayer News, she has had a very busy summer season of events. Christian Vocations now runs SERVICEstation, an advice service for large Christian events, to help visitors seeking assistance with vocational issues and service opportunities.
“The new look was well received and we had the highest ever volume of people coming through at all the events we served. Pray for the many people we spoke to, that they will be released into new avenues of service.”
Jo chairs a partnership of mission agencies that run GOfest, a movement of mission-focused agencies and churches who together want to see UK Christians fully engaged in the great commission.
“With a new strategy in place, the first of a number of proposed regional events will take place at Moorlands College on Saturday 13th May 2017, with additional events in local churches the following day. Pray for wisdom in planning this, and future GOfest events, particularly as we listen to, and serve local churches.”
The 2017 edition of SERVEshort-term will just have been completed as this prayer news is released. Jo edits and oversees production of this publication. Pray that it will point many to a life-changing mission experience.
Jo and Mark continue to take forward the work of City Pastors in Birmingham. A dozen new recruits are currently in training and will join the team in the New Year. Pray that each one will get to grips with the role quickly and prove to be effective in this important ministry.
They give thanks for an award from West Midlands Police for their services to the city. Jo comments, “We don’t seek recognition, but it’s a great encouragement when it comes!” Pray that the whole team can continue to make a positive impact on the night-time economy in our city.
Jo works as Mobilisation Director for Global Connections, the UK network for World Mission. She is responsible for: production of Christian Vocations’s (a ministry of Global Connections) major publications; involvement in some of the major UK Christian events; and supporting joint mission agency initiatives including GOfest, which she chairs, amongst other network initiatives.
Give thanks for the encouragement of seeing through a number of projects that were undergoing significant change: two major publications (iServe and SERVEshort-term) and SERVICEstation (formerly ‘Vocationzone’) which is the advice service offered at major events.
Give thanks for a fruitful time running the all-new ‘SERVICEstation’ at Spring Harvest. The new look was well received and we had the highest ever volume of people coming through, doing the gifting questionnaire, browsing service opportunities, and talking with our advisor team.
Give thanks that the trip to Croatia in early April went well. This was in Jo’s role as Chair of European Christian Mission (Britain). The conference brought together 450 people from across ECM International.
Pray for on-going strategic discussions across the Global Connections network to facilitate working towards a more cohesive approach to mission mobilisation among mission agencies. Jo is leading this initiative.
Continue to pray for GOfest, which has been the UK’s largest mission festival but is now evolving into something new, with a new strategy and format. It is run by a partnership of mission agencies chaired by Jo. Pray for wisdom and clear strategic thinking as they research potential venues and suitable locations for future events.
Outside of GC work, Jo and Mark Jowett head up the City Pastors ministry. Training of the new batch of City Pastors recruits is underway. Pray that each one will get to grips with the role quickly and prove to be effective in this important ministry.
Jo Jowett works with Global Connections and is based in Birmingham.
Jo is responsible for the production of Christian Vocations’ (a ministry of Global Connections) major publications; involvement in some of the major UK Christian events; and supporting joint mission agency initiatives including GOfest, which she chairs.
Many other aspects of Jo’s work are undergoing some sort of change or review. Pray for wisdom, clarity and creativity in all discussion, and for Jo to be able to keep a handle on the changes and ever-increasing to-do lists!
Pray for strategic discussions that are ongoing across the Global Connections network, to facilitate working towards a more cohesive approach to mission mobilisation among mission agencies. Jo is leading this initiative.
Pray for wisdom regarding the future of GOfest, the UK’s largest mission festival which Jo chairs. Jo reports: “We are having to rethink how the event happens in the future since the recent news that the venue we’ve been using will no longer be available to us. Pray for wisdom and clear strategic thinking as we research potential venues and suitable locations for future events.”
Jo has just completed production of the revamped Short-term Service Directory which will be called ‘SERVE’. Pray that this will be used to point many to a life-changing mission experience.
Outside of GC work, training of the new batch of City Pastors recruits is underway. Pray that each one will get to grips with the role quickly and prove to be effective in this important ministry.
Jo works as Mobilisation Director for Global Connections, the UK network for World Mission.Jo is based in Birmingham.www.globalconnections.org.uk
Jo works as Mobilisation Director for Global Connections, the UK network for World Mission. She is responsible for the production of Christian Vocations(a ministry of Global Connections) major publications; involvement in some of the major UK Christian events; and supporting joint mission agency initiatives including GOfest, which she chairs.
Jo is also Chair of the Short-Term Mission Forum and European Christian Mission Britain, and is a governor of Redcliffe College.
Both Jo and Mark are closely involved with Isubilo, an HIV & AIDS ministry based in Zambia. They also run City Pastors in Birmingham, an inter-church project serving the night-time economy.
Jo writes: “There are many things to give thanks for:
“A very productive trip to Isubilo in Zambia for meetings to explore new leadership for the charity. Pray for God’s will to be done.
“For relationships in the city and in our community that have enriched our lives. City Pastors being awarded a BOB (Best of Broad Street) has been a highlight!”
Things to pray for:
For the on going impact of staff changes at Global Connections, and how it affects some of the key roles Jo has, and extra responsibilities that may follow.
For all the planning for GOfest (the UK’s largest missions festival) happening on 19-21 June (www.gofestival.info), and ultimately that as the word gets out many will be inspired to come and enjoy a unique opportunity to explore God’s heart for the world.
Preparation for the Mission Matters publication is well under way. Pray that this will be used effectively to mobilise people into mission.
Jo has been coordinating teams on three sites simultaneously over the Easter period – Minehead and Skegness (Spring Harvest) and Prestatyn (Word Alive).
She introduced a new package for involvement of mission agencies at Spring Harvest. Pray that this will bring fruit by adding a valuable dimension to what was already offered through Vocationzone.
Jo has just completed the next edition of Mission Matters. Pray that this will be used as an effective tool for mobilising people into mission.
Pray also for Jo’s work with GOfest, the UK’s only exclusively missions festival. Jo now chairs a partnership of organisations which plan and deliver this event. Pray for God’s wisdom in the planning and his provision to make it all happen. Find out more at www.gofestival.info
Jo chairs the Short-term Forum for Global Connections and she is currently overseeing the next Code of Best Practice review of agencies running short-term programmes.
Pray for the review team as they undertake this important review process aimed at raising the standard of what mission agencies are offering their participants.
Jo gives thanks for the 22 new volunteers who recently joined City Pastors. Pray for the continued effectiveness of the whole team as they serve in the city. A new training course will be offered in in May for those interested in joining.
Jo’s husband, Mark, started a new job in January after coming through a very difficult year in his previous job. Give thanks for God’s provision and pray for his effectiveness and influence in his new role.
Jo works as Mobilisation Director for Global Connections. She and her husband Mark also lead the City Pastors initiative in Birmingham.
Jo gives thanks for a successful time over the busy Easter event season. Many people were helped on their vocational journey and a number are still in contact with Global Connections. The GO Festival held over the first May Bank holiday was also a great event with full attendance over the whole weekend.
Pray for Jo as she considers taking on more responsibilities with the planning and running of this annual missions event.
The primary focus of Jo’s time in June and early July is preparation for the Keswick Convention where she manages all the mission input including the ‘earthworks’ venue which contains an interactive exhibition, internet café, bookshop, individual exhibitors and a live relay to the main stage.
Pray for creativity in the preparation of the interactive exhibition features and ‘earthworks’ handbook.
Pray for good time management to get through a massive workload before the event starts on 13 July.
Pray for safety in the set up and management of the venue over the three weeks of the event.
Pray that many people are impacted by the message we are seeking to communicate.
Pray for Jo and Mark as they give leadership to City Pastors. Pray for the continued growth and impact of the project with enthusiastic and committed volunteers.
Pray also for Mark as he seeks to support Jo’s ministry in practical ways, giving up holidays etc. to help amidst facing huge pressures at work.