I won't be at The King's Church Mid-Sussex this coming Sunday (14 October). Instead I, Dominique and Joseph, along with Steve and Carol Cornford will be travelling to Turkey. Yep, Turkey!
We'll be missing a great morning at TKC as Kieran Dunne will be preaching the next installment from Mark's gospel, however, we will be on our way to meet with about 500 other leaders from across the globe.
Recently we have heard a lot about our roots as a church, how we began in someone's home and grew to our current location at The King's Centre. As Terry Virgo travelled from Seaford to meet with a small gathering in Scaynes Hill no-one would have dreamt what God would do over the next 40 years.
Initially Terry served a few church in Sussex but that then grew to the South East of England, then wider in the UK and then internationally.
Newfrontiers, as it is now known, may have begun with a few people in Sussex (our church included) but is now a collection of over 900 churches across more than 60 nations. Kenya, Ukraine, Brazil, Phillipines, France, South Africa, New Zealand, USA, Bulgaria, Canada, Germany......the list goes on on and on.
For many years there has been an international leaders conference in Brighton. We have been very fortunate to be only a 10 minute train journey away to benefit from this superb global gathering. Many others travelled thousands of miles to be there.
However, Newfrontiers is changing and how we gather as a family of churches is also changing. Rather than one man leading Newfrontiers, we now have many teams leading Newfrontiers across the world. Today, there are far more Newfrontiers churches outside the UK then within it. In many ways, we are no longer a family of churches, but a family of families.
So Steve and I, with Carol and Dominique, will not be at TKC on Sunday - instead we will be at Global 2012. A leadership conference that is gathering 500 leaders involved in Newfrontiers from across the world to a hotel in Turkey. It feels like an immense privilege to have been invited.
We would value your prayers as this conference comes at a key time for Newfrontiers. We, as a family of churches are changing, it is an exciting season but there are certainly many unworn paths ahead of us.
At Global 2012, we will benefit from apostolic teaching from guys like PJ Smythe, Edward Buria and Dave Devenish as well as having lots of opportunity to catch up with what God is doing across the nations of the earth and celebrate what he has done from small beginnings in a home in Scaynes Hill.
If you are on Twitter look out for daily updates and I will post a full report here when we get back.