The OCC "Family on Mission" blog

Reaching a whole city - Thrive Leys

Thrive Leys website

We are convinced that the gospel works in every people-group, culture and era. In our city, we believe we are called to plant a community for every community - an expression of church in reach of every bus-route, so that people of all nations, tribes, peoples and languages (Rev 7:9) can find a place of worship before God's throne.

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Andy O'Connell
Andy O`Connell serves in a number of leadership and organisational roles within the Oxfordshire Community Churches charity, for the Central region and within Oxford Community Church. He is an elder in the Oxford church. He also serves as Administrator to the Salt & Light UK and International apostolic teams, having worked for Oxfordshire Community Churches and for the Salt & Light family of churches in various roles since 1995.
Andy is married to Ruth, who has home-educated their 4 children.

Four reasons we're into church-based student mission

Student Weekend Away 2015

This is one of a series of 3 blogs explaining our approach to student ministry. We've talked about being part of a movement, how that connects with Fusion, and in this last blog I want to explain more about our values of 'church-based student mission'.

Our convictions, actually, are not really about just student mission, but mission and ministry in general. We believe that mission and ministry is supposed to be part of the task of the local church, where community, mission, discipleship and worship can be integrated, holistic and sustainable.

Andy O'Connell
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Andy O'Connell
Andy O`Connell serves in a number of leadership and organisational roles within the Oxfordshire Community Churches charity, for the Central region and within Oxford Community Church. He is an elder in the Oxford church. He also serves as Administrator to the Salt & Light UK and International apostolic teams, having worked for Oxfordshire Community Churches and for the Salt & Light family of churches in various roles since 1995.
Andy is married to Ruth, who has home-educated their 4 children.

Fusion: what's all that about?

Fusion Movement logo

I came up to Oxford in 1985. At the time there was little in the way of charismatic, Holy-Spirit-filled life in the church. St Aldates at the time was led by Michael Green (now an elder-statesman in the church, who we are delighted is coming to speak at OCC in the autumn) - one had to queue for entry, such was the level of excitement as Michael led the church in the life of the Holy Spirit. There was a small charismatic house church somewhere in Botley, and an odd, itinerant and therefore hard-to-track-down group of Christians called Oxford Community Church.

Andy O'Connell
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Andy O'Connell
Andy O`Connell serves in a number of leadership and organisational roles within the Oxfordshire Community Churches charity, for the Central region and within Oxford Community Church. He is an elder in the Oxford church. He also serves as Administrator to the Salt & Light UK and International apostolic teams, having worked for Oxfordshire Community Churches and for the Salt & Light family of churches in various roles since 1995.
Andy is married to Ruth, who has home-educated their 4 children.

Becoming a movement: what's all that about?

Arab Spring Tahrir Square

Over the summer one of the students - Pip - was camping with my family, while he and they served together in the 7-11s kids work at our UK summer camp. Amidst gunge-tanks, sore muscles and tiredness, Pip and I had a conversation about being a student movement. What on earth do we mean? And how does it differ from a network, denomination or simply the whole global church?

Andy O'Connell
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Andy O'Connell
Andy O`Connell serves in a number of leadership and organisational roles within the Oxfordshire Community Churches charity, for the Central region and within Oxford Community Church. He is an elder in the Oxford church. He also serves as Administrator to the Salt & Light UK and International apostolic teams, having worked for Oxfordshire Community Churches and for the Salt & Light family of churches in various roles since 1995.
Andy is married to Ruth, who has home-educated their 4 children.

A Spirit-led, prayer-fuelled prophetic movement (#prayerforgrowth)

Between gaps in the conference I'm involved with, I've just started Pete Grieg's award-winning book Dirty Glory. Crazily, God is already challenging me, and I'm only in the Introduction!

Andy O'Connell
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Andy O'Connell
Andy O`Connell serves in a number of leadership and organisational roles within the Oxfordshire Community Churches charity, for the Central region and within Oxford Community Church. He is an elder in the Oxford church. He also serves as Administrator to the Salt & Light UK and International apostolic teams, having worked for Oxfordshire Community Churches and for the Salt & Light family of churches in various roles since 1995.
Andy is married to Ruth, who has home-educated their 4 children.

Ten things I enjoy about being part of an international family together on mission

Next week the Salt & Light family hosts its annual meeting of the International Apostolic Team, this time near Kansas City, USA. It's my privilege to be part of these gatherings serving as Team Administrator, supporting Steve Thomas in his overall leadership of that team. Over the years we've had some great times of worship and intercession, discussed a range of fascinating topics, and built strong relationships together across continents and cultures.

In no particular order, here are ten things I'm particularly looking forward to:

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Andy O'Connell
Andy O`Connell serves in a number of leadership and organisational roles within the Oxfordshire Community Churches charity, for the Central region and within Oxford Community Church. He is an elder in the Oxford church. He also serves as Administrator to the Salt & Light UK and International apostolic teams, having worked for Oxfordshire Community Churches and for the Salt & Light family of churches in various roles since 1995.
Andy is married to Ruth, who has home-educated their 4 children.

3 daily choice to prepare us for worship

In our Sundays over the summer we're looking at the life of David. Around 10% of the Bible is written about or by David, making him one of the most significant figures in the Bible. A high point in the Old Testament narrative, he ruled as a king-under-God, and while not always getting it right, was seen as setting the standard for kingship within God's people.

Andy O'Connell
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Andy O'Connell
Andy O`Connell serves in a number of leadership and organisational roles within the Oxfordshire Community Churches charity, for the Central region and within Oxford Community Church. He is an elder in the Oxford church. He also serves as Administrator to the Salt & Light UK and International apostolic teams, having worked for Oxfordshire Community Churches and for the Salt & Light family of churches in various roles since 1995.
Andy is married to Ruth, who has home-educated their 4 children.

3 daily choice to prepare us for worship

In our Sundays over the summer we're looking at the life of David. Around 10% of the Bible is written about or by David, making him one of the most significant figures in the Bible. A high point in the Old Testament narrative, he ruled as a king-under-God, and while not always getting it right, was seen as setting the standard for kingship within God's people.

Andy O'Connell
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Andy O'Connell
Andy O`Connell serves in a number of leadership and organisational roles within the Oxfordshire Community Churches charity, for the Central region and within Oxford Community Church. He is an elder in the Oxford church. He also serves as Administrator to the Salt & Light UK and International apostolic teams, having worked for Oxfordshire Community Churches and for the Salt & Light family of churches in various roles since 1995.
Andy is married to Ruth, who has home-educated their 4 children.

The barometer of giving

A barometer

Part 3 of a 3 part blog. Part 1Part 2.

This is a barometer. A barometer helps us understand what is going on with the weather, which is always a bit hard to work out (esp in Britain). It helps us understand something that is a bit complicated. A barometer doesn't tell us everything we need to know about the weather, but it tells us enough to discern what is going on.

Andy O'Connell
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Andy O'Connell
Andy O`Connell serves in a number of leadership and organisational roles within the Oxfordshire Community Churches charity, for the Central region and within Oxford Community Church. He is an elder in the Oxford church. He also serves as Administrator to the Salt & Light UK and International apostolic teams, having worked for Oxfordshire Community Churches and for the Salt & Light family of churches in various roles since 1995.
Andy is married to Ruth, who has home-educated their 4 children.

The overflowing grace of generosity

Overflowing bucket

Part 2 of a 3 part blog. Part 1. Part 3

When I spoke a few days ago on this topic, an image that seemed to grab people's attention was this bucket. The bucket is overflowing because of the incoming flow of water. I asked, "Is this bucket's generosity to do with how wonderful the bucket is, or something else?"

Andy O'Connell
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Andy O'Connell
Andy O`Connell serves in a number of leadership and organisational roles within the Oxfordshire Community Churches charity, for the Central region and within Oxford Community Church. He is an elder in the Oxford church. He also serves as Administrator to the Salt & Light UK and International apostolic teams, having worked for Oxfordshire Community Churches and for the Salt & Light family of churches in various roles since 1995.
Andy is married to Ruth, who has home-educated their 4 children.