The OCC "Family on Mission" blog

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

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

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:

Andy O'Connell

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

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

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

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

7 reasons we *must* talk about money

Infographic showing the prominence of verses about money

Part 1 of a 3 part blog. Part 2.

What is our problem!? Why do we dislike talking about money so much? Of all the talks we do in church, the one on money is one that most regularly touches a nerve! It has been said, "If you want to start an argument in Christian circles, bring up tithing!"

Andy O'Connell

Gideon

The Turning

As I’ve been preparing for the Turning, I’ve been reminded of the story of Gideon in the book of Judges. He lived in a time when the people of Israel were not really close to God and the Midianites were regularly taking away their crops and intimidating them. His response was to hide away in a wine press and thresh wheat there so that his family could be fed. He is approached by an angel but immediately talks about what’s wrong in Israel. God’s response is to ignore what he says and call him to go and save the nation.

Simon Jackman