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”.
Dave Warnock takes him to task over his claim that New Frontiers was never a denomination, and I think he’s right. If it swims like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, chances are it’s a duck! And like Dave, I have some concern about the language of ‘apostolic spheres’ that seems to have arisen. This is very recent, and as far as I can tell is linked to the ‘New Apostolic Reformation’ which (I think) claims that the church entered a second apostolic age in 2001. I find it very strange.