LEADERSHIP TEAM

BRONWYN
Bronwyn is a gifted musician, a loving mother and has a real servant heart. She and Gregg have been married for 25 years and have planted and led many Churches in different countries around the world. She is still the undisputed family table tennis champion, but her sons are likely to rob her of this title sometime soon.
GREGG
Gregg is a Church planter who has in the past held down a demanding secular job while planting Churches. He currently leads Lighthouse Christian Church in Jersey, UK, and heads up the Leading Lights Network. Gregg is devoted to his family, and he loves to help people develop to their full potential in God. Gregg has never run a marathon.
JAMES
Having spent six years in south-west London James joined the Lighthouse leadership team in 2011 along with his wife, Heidi and 3 children. He has been involved in various pastoral roles over the last 20+ years and is tremendously excited by the challenge of Church planting. With many years spent living in Zimbabwe, James has a great appreciation for the outdoors and loves any opportunity for a bit of adventure.
HEIDI
Heidi is married to James and is Mum to Rebekah (15), Alex (13) and Judah (8). She has been involved in part and full-time ministry for over twenty years and currently deals with all the administration at Lighthouse. She loves to use her spare time creating memories with family and friends.

HISTORY

 

Lighthouse was born in 2009 when four people sat on a park bench on a Sunday morning to pray and seek God’s heart for the vision of a
new Church in Jersey that God had put in Gregg’s heart.

 

This tiny group began meeting on Saturday evenings in a rented community hall, with no equipment, and hardly any money, but with hearts full of passion to show God’s love to this Island, and beyond.

 

People found their way to us from all sorts of backgrounds and

places and there was a powerful sense of destiny and a growing understanding of the huge love that God has for us as individuals and for the world around us.

 

We have outgrown our venues several times and now have lots of people and lovely facilities and equipment, but the original heartbeat of compassion for the lost world around us has never changed – in fact it has grown stronger. In addition to reaching Jersey for Jesus, we are now also involved in helping ordinary people around the world to start churches where they live. God truly has made us a “light for the nations” and the best is still ahead.

OUR VALUES

These are the things that we hold dear. As a Christian Church, our main foundations will always be the Bible and Jesus’ sacrificial death for us on the cross. But out of these two foundational truths, certain other things become very important to us, defining who we are, and how we live our lives, and making us different to other Churches and Christian organisations.


Grace

Grace is the wonderful love and kindness of God. Imagine going to a supermarket and finding out that someone had already paid for all of your shopping! This is a picture of the free gift of salvation in Jesus, and we love and revel in it. Grace makes us joyful and thankful. It also makes us eager and able to live a Godly and clean life for God. Rather than making us sin with impunity, grace actually gives us more power (and a desire) to live for God, in a way that rules and laws could never do. Grace makes us humble, because we have not deserved any of these great gifts that God has given us, and it makes us gracious and forgiving to others, since we are recipients of such amazing generosity from God.


It’s all about relationships! God went out of His way to restore a relationship with us, and we are willing to go the extra mile to keep good, healthy relationships in our Church family. We want be real and authentic, honest and mature, and we are willing to invest and commit to these relationships so that they stand the test of time. Membership in our Church is not about having a name on a list, it’s about being committed to my brothers and sisters and working together for a common cause. These Christian bonds are so rewarding that they make any effort totally worthwhile.


All Involved

One of the main pictures in the Bible for the Church is that of a BODY, with every part being vital to the health and activity of the whole. The Church is not a show or a service that we watch and consume, but rather it is a team sport in which we all get to use the gifts and talents God has given us. Our leaders lead (make decisions for the Church) and coach others, but the MINISTRY is not done by them – it is done by all of us. Because of this, our Sunday services are an equipping and coaching time, but the main activity of the Church happens in the other 165 hours of the week – in small group meetings, in one on one interactions, and in our workplaces and social spheres.


Charismatic

A Charismatic Church believes that God is still willing and able to do miracles today. We are such a Church, and we expect and experience supernatural interventions from God at any time in our daily lives. Our worship times are Charismatic too – heartfelt and lively songs and prayers that involve our “heart (emotion), soul (will), mind (intellect) and strength (physical body)”. You may see hands raised, emotion expressed, and supernatural expressions of God’s love while we worship Jesus. We believe that all Christians can be filled with God’s Spirit and operate in the supernatural realm, and, in fact, we encourage it as a part of ordinary, everyday life.


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If Jesus left heaven to live and die for us, then we cannot remain in a comfortable “Holy Huddle” in the Church while millions die around us without Him. We must tell others about God’s love and Jesus’ death for them, and we must be willing to pay a price to demonstrate this love too. We actively seek to show God’s love to as many people as we can, in our home of Jersey, but also around the world. This is one of the main heartbeats of our Church life together and we are passionate about seeing the lost saved, set free and healed while we “plunder hell and populate heaven”.

OUR MISSION – THE GREAT COMMISSION

Jesus told us to “GO and MAKE DISCIPLES of all the nations, BAPTISING them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit and TEACHING them to obey all the commands I have given you. ” (Matt 28:19)

This is our mission and purpose, and we are excited and passionate about living it out.

   

  • We GO out of our Church buildings and meetings into the world around us to interact with people and show them God’s love. We also broadcast our teachings through TV and the internet and we are interacting with people all over the world in an attempt to help them to become disciples, and to disciple others.
  • We MAKE DISCIPLES by fostering relationships and small groups. Relationships with leaders and equippers result in people catching the heart of what is being taught. The small group is a Biblical model for people to use their gifts for the Lord, grow as Christians, and be accountable and committed to other Christians.
  • We BAPTISE people as often as we can, in many different settings. Baptism is a powerful sign of new life in Christ, and is an entryway into the fullness of being in Christ’s body and being filled with His Spirit.
  • We TEACH in large public meetings, as well as using  small groups, discussions, personal discipleship, and video / audio / written media. 

We make our resources available through the internet and TV, to grow and develop small groups and leaders in our home area as well as in other parts of the world. Freely available resources, and relationships with gifted leaders, mean that anyone, anywhere can mature in Christ and become a leader for God. Our main tool is a website, LeadingLightsNetwork.com, where all of our material is available for free in a format that makes it easy for people to grow and become equipped for ministry. Mature believers, and new groups and Churches, will fulfill the mission that God has given us, and we believe we are well placed to see the whole world reached for Christ in our lifetime.

 

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“I have made you a light for the nations; you will show people all over the world the way to be saved.”  (Acts 13 vs 47 MSG)

 

We believe that there are people in every corner of the world who can start or lead groups of believers in their homes or other settings. This is why we have set up the “Leading Lights Network” to put this wonderful opportunity well within the reach of ordinary people wherever they live. The same resources that help people in other countries, are used by our local members to reach our community for Christ, primarily through starting and leading small home groups that we call “Lifegroups”.

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