After a robust and challenging process we, as reps for Kairos Network Church, have the pleasure of announcing that Ben Askew has been appointed new Pioneer Minister. At the start of this new season for us we pray for courage and unity across all gatherings that form Kairos Church. Please be praying for the Askews; Ben, Helen, Callum and Bethan, as they enter a new phase of their life and ministry, for the church Vision Team, Trustees and Resource Base as they embed new leadership. We want to reassure you that we have reached this decision with the full confidence that God has a good and prosperous plan for this Church and for Harrogate.
The Church leadership want to thank you for your love and prayers over this period of vacancy and we pray we can move ahead into all the new plans God has for us. There is both excitement and challenge to be found in periods of change and we want to encourage you to be honest and gracious about these experiences.
As St Paul wrote to the Church in Ephesus: “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
The licensing of Ben will take place here on the 10th April, details to be announced.
Sarah Allison and Clive Dresner – Church Representatives
Meanwhile, the Askews have sent the following message:
We are so delighted to be the given the privilege of leading Kairos. We love all of you and are looking forward to (re)joining and leading the church.
Over the last few months we have been taking some time out to visit other innovative churches and learn a bit more about what God is doing around the North right now. We’ll share some of that with you in the future but if you’d like a cheeky preview then go have a look at Ben’s blog: askewben.wordpress.com.
Over the next month or so we will be getting the house on Harlow Oval ready and moving. Do feel free to say hello, we may even hand you a paint brush! We’ll be back at Kairos after Ben’s licensing and will want to listen to you and to God together, to find out what has been going on over the last term and to set a course for the next stage of the Kairos journey.
This is one of the verses that has kept coming to mind as we’ve been praying for you.
“Now to Him who is able to do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.” Ephesians 3: 20 + 21
God loves this church! He is proud of you and he has many more exciting adventures for Kairos.
See you soon! Love Ben, Helen, Callum and Bethan.