At the turn of the year, Newfrontiers UK, the UK part of the "apostolic sphere" of Terry Virgo, formally ceased to exist in it's previous form. While the relationships and future plans had been under development for a couple of years, that was the moment, when something really final happened.
"Newfrontiers" is now a collection of "apostolic spheres" all over the world, of which there are six relating in the UK, around familiar (within newfrontiers) names of Jeremy Simpkins, Mike Betts, Guy Miller, Dave Devenish, David Holden and Steve Oliver.
Names for these new church groupings have sprung up: "Relational Mission", "Catalyst", "Christ Central".
Many of these spheres involve Churches all over the world; USA, Dubai, Canada, Ukraine, Russia, France, the list goes on.
Other places in the world have seen apostolic teams released: such as John Kpipi in Ghana, Edwards Buria in Kenya and PJ Smyth in South Africa, and several more.
Out of these come new conferences, new Church planting, new Ephesians 4 ministries.
But what impresses me most of all, is what it actually says about newfrontiers.
WE NEVER WERE A DENOMINATION
So often people accused newfrontiers of being a denomination by any other name. Which it wasn't. And isn't. And now a myriad of new Church movements spin off from what we were together, it proves it once and for all. Instead of the legal, the bureaucratic, the centralised, all that is left is the relationships.
(EDIT: I am not saying this is a fair reflection of what a denomination is!)
IT WAS NEVER ABOUT ONE PERSON
Out of one person's ministry comes tenfold of what he started 40 years ago. That is real fruit.
TERRY VIRGO WAS WILLING TO LET GO
He could have appointed the next "pope" to rule over the whole thing. That is what many people thought would happen when he handed over to a "successor". But he didn't. He released his children to forge their own future.
But what now? It reminds me of the moment when parents stop hosting the family Christmas, and the children become the hosts. In this case spiritual children held together by common ancestry and identity, but forging their own lives and destinies, while still occasionally meeting up and carrying the family name.
I am not sure many Church movements have ever done it this way before. I don't know what will happen. I can see challenges ahead.
But ultimately, I think it's a really, really exciting time.