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A message from Clint Harper: Fall Update 2017

Dear Ministry Partners,
Hello from across the pond! It was brilliant seeing many of you over the summer, sorry If we missed each other. It’s crazy to think its been just over a year since coming out here. Things have been very busy here at City Church Manchester, but God has been doing some amazing things among his people. READ ON to get a taste of all that God has been doing in my life and the Ministry here at City Church this term. 

Personal Update

How am I doing? 
Like the picture you see above, my term has been a bit like me and my roomate Matt hiking the hills in the Peak District just outside of Manchester. Hard work, can be very wet and muddy, met with wind and oppositions at times, but in the end the view and the journey makes everything worth it.

One of the hardest times to be here is over holidays, especially Thanksgiving. Although “Turkey day” is not a thing here in Britain, I had the joy of celebrating with close friends and a few students, as you can see from the first picture in the email.

A time like Thanksgiving helps me reflect on all of God’s provision over the last year of my life. Every one of you have played a huge role in being a visible representation of God’s faithfulness to me. For that I dearly thank you, and thank God!

Personally one of the biggest joys of this year as well has been working along side, and now dating a a very special woman in my life Hannah Brownlow.

Below is a picture of us in walking the walls around the City of York, a Roman City where Constantine started began his Rule as emperor!

I met Hannah my second day in Manchester, but it wasn’t until after 9 months of serving together at City Church that we felt the Lord was opening up the door for us to start dating. Hannah was a planting member at City Church Manchester, as well as a previous member of Christ Church in Liverpool.
She is a lovely woman of God, servant hearted, incredibly creatively gifted, and Gospel minded. She has been a massive encouragement to me, and an incredible gift to serve along side.

I always said I didn’t want to date in fear it would distract from my ministry while being out here, but I truly believe that our relationship has emboldened both of us to serve all the more alongside each other for the gospel.
(also, she helped me cook Thanksgiving dinner, and for a British thanksgiving it was pretty darn good 🙂 )

She’s been helping me out with support packs that will be coming your way here soon! If you have not given me or converge your address and you would like a letter/prayer card PLEASE EMAIL ME ASAP.

We will be out in Arizona from January 7th-12th, and we will hopefully be setting up times to see many of you, she would love to meet as many of you as she can!
Stay tuned for when we will be in Phoenix and up north in Payson!

I finished another module at Union, and I have three more coming up this term before I start my dissertation. It’s an incredible experience learning with Pastors from around the world. As well as learning from some of the brightest mind in evangelicalism.

This has been one of the busiest, most demanding seasons of ministry I’ve experience. I’ve learned a lot about what it means to do ministry in God’s strength, and have seen Him come through in huge ways.
I’ve been very encourage by this passage in 1 Peter 5:2-5:

“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”

How can you Pray for me? 

  • Continued faithfulness in ministry and witness. Keeping a Gospel vision even in the seasons of Ministry that are stretching me and those around me.
  • Prayer for Hannah and I as we seek the Lord and look towards the future. That we would continue to partner in special way for the Gospel. That we would encourage one another and be all the more outward looking in our relationship.
  • Prayer for my Theology Course at Union and diligence in study, along with a mindset for application to ministry and deepening my love for the Lord and the Gospel.
  • A refreshing and restful season of the holidays, and for wisdom and guidance about future plans.

Church Update

Come and Join Us!

Our new student video from earlier this term!

How is the Church?

City Church Manchester has been seeing incredible growth over this past term, with Sunday attendance nearing 200 people and over 38 nationalities represented. it is an exciting place to be serving and ministering. Many of our new people are either non-christians, recent converts, or believers who have never really been in church before. It’s different to any type of growth I’ve experienced in the states, but we are so blessed to see the Lord’s faithfulness. We are outgrowing our meeting space quite rapidly on a Sunday morning, and with over 120 people attending our midweek bible studies over two nights so we are are struggling to find space to put everyone! It’s a blessing to have growing pains and to see God growing our church not just in numbers but also in maturity.

I’ve had the opportunity to preach two more times at City Church this Summer during our revelation series. They were very challenging passages, but I was incredibly blessed by them as well as the opportunity to preach God’s word to His people.

You can Here the Audio recording of these sermons here on the Church Website! 

The Compromised Church Revelation 2:12-17 – Clint Harper
True Authenticity Revelation 3:1-6 – Clint Harper

Andrew Peterson

I also had the chance to organize an evangelistic concert for recording artist Andrew Peterson hosted by City Church just a couple weeks ago. It was a brilliant time, and a real blessing to have such a talented Christian artist come share his gifts with us as a church along with sharing the gospel to many of our membership’s unbelieving friends and Family!

How can you be praying for the church?

  • There is so much ministry to be done here in Manchester, and really our struggle is not finding people who are willing to hear the gospel, or even respond to it, our challenge is finding dedicated volunteers and mature believers who can serve and disciple those in the church. Prayer for our “middle” leadership, that God would Identify and grow this group to help serve the Widder church.
  • Pray as we are struggling financially to keep up with the growth we are seeing, that our members and supporting churches would give generously and joyfully to the work of the gospel here in Manchester.

Please Pray for our evangelistic Carol Service next week as well! That we would see many non-believers come along and here the gospel, and receive the gift of Salvation this Christmas!

College Student Ministry Update

Again we have some amazing updates within the college and student ministry here at City Church. God has grow our student ministry to See 65 Student within the church, with about 50 of those students participating in bible studies, evangelism, and getting plugged into the life of the church.

Here are two of our big student programs on this Term!

Student Weekender

It was a weekend of laughter, community, and just time to think as student who WE ARE in Christ. Ralph one of the Pastors here at City Church walked us through three Talks in Romans 3, 6, and 8 about how we are Justified, Sanctified, and Adopted in Christ. It was a brilliant time with more than 40 students during the weekend. So many good discussions and great gospel fruit from the weekend.

First Friday

First Fridays are a monthly gathering point for our students. At each first Friday we will eat, sing, and learn from practical teaching relevant to student issues.

WE have continued to hold First Fridays and this term I’ve been teaching through Gospel Stewards, What does God say we must be doing with our TIME, TALENT, & TREASURE.
We’ve been excited to see that all blessings are given for us to be a blessing to others. How we love God and love others with the resources we’ve been given really matters. It’s been challenging and encouraging thinking through these things and discussing them with our students at City Church!

What to Pray For?

  • Last year a survey was done, and out of the 95,000 students in Manchester only 800 of them were going to a gospel believing bible preaching church. Pray this number will increase by God’s grace. That we would see struggling christians come back to Church, and see unbelieving students come to faith!
  • Praise for all the students who both are coming along to church, passionate about the Vision of the church and the Gospel. It’s insane to think we have around 8% of the Christian Students in the City coming along to our church. But pray for the non-christian student who have been coming along, specially Eiligh, Mitch, Joe, and  Julia. That they would come to know the love of Christ, and follow him!
  • Pray for the Members at City Church as we are equipping them to do student ministry well and foster integration with the whole church body. Pray that we would be a church passionate about seeing students won for Christ!

For More regular Updates on what is Happening with Me and City Church Follow:

City Church Manchester’s Facebook Page 

As well as,
City Church Manchester Student’s Facebook Page 

After just over a year here in the UK, and God continues to show me his faithfulness. I cannot thank you enough as supports of me, City Church, and the ministry happening here in Manchester. This wouldn’t be possible without you being will to be used by God. So for that again, I thank you! You will be hearing from me next month before I head out to AZ in January so be looking out for that email!

Love you and miss you, may God’s grace and peace be with you all!

– Clint Harper

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