Mission at the heart of the church, the church at the heart of mission
  • Presentations from the Global Connections conference in January 2014 are now free to download from the website
  • Articles from the latest issue of Sphere magazine, considering how to go about improving your church mission strategy
  • A free resource with articles written for people considering long-term involvement in mission and a directory of organisation to contact
  • Articles and resources for churches, organisations and individuals thinking about short-term mission

The UK network for world mission

Global Connections is a growing network of over 300 UK churches and agencies with a passion for mission. Our members include organisations of all sizes working in countries all over the world. Drawing on this wealth of experience, together we seek to address the key challenges in mission today.

Serving the network

Coming events

24 Apr 14
A Missional Conversation
Location: London
29 Apr 14
Coaching Skills Workshop
Location: Lichfield, Staffordshire
22 May 14
Serving at home and in Central Asia
Location: London
23 May 14
Be still, my soul - A Retreat
Location: Cannock
23 May 14
Does China still need foreigners?
Location: London
31 May 14
A retreat for mission partners
Location: North Shropshire
4 Jun 14
Topic: Can Islam experience a Reformation?
Location: London
12 Jun 14
Performance management of mission partners
Location: London

Key resources

Sphere - Any which way?
Any which way?: Improving your church mission strategy
Short-Term Service Directory
A directory of short-term service opportunities in the UK
Master Policy provide insurance solutions for compliance with the Package Travel Regulations
How to join
Find out how to join the network and the advantages that membership provides
Pension and retirement planning schemes provided via Prosperitas
For churches and agencies facilitating short-term mission trips in the UK and worldwide

Latest prayer points

Pakistan
Hit and run: Friends of a popular Pakistani preacher killed by a hit-and-run driver suspect he may have been murdered because of his conversion from Islam. Rashid Mehmood, 33, came from a rich, influential Muslim family but turned to Christ in 2005. Though he trained as a lawyer, he decided to become a pastor and to preach the Gospel, despite strong opposition from his relatives. He was riding on a motorbike driven by another pastor friend on Boxing Day when a car began to chase them, then deliberately drove into them. He suffered serious head injuries and died later in hospital. Pray that God will comfort Rashid’s church and strengthen their faith so they will continue his ministry by reaching out with boldness and love to their community. (Release International - March 2014)
Japan
Returning believers: Pray that many of the Japanese who live overseas will have their eyes opened to the truth of the gospel during 2014 and that they will put their trust in Jesus. Ask that those new believers who return to Japan this year will do so with eagerness and boldness to serve and to witness. Pray for them to be strengthened and encouraged amidst the potential challenges of settling back into a culture and mind-set that will often be very different to what they have experienced overseas. Please pray that Japanese pastors and Christians will embrace these returnees, endeavour to understand and support them, and equip them to flourish and bless the churches, communities and workplaces they inhabit. (Japan Christian Link - March 2014)
Indonesia
Soccer ministry: Ricky*, who comes from a Muslim background, had promised his friends he would not become a Christian. However, after three encounters with God, he decided to give his live to Him and get baptised. “I have grown fast as a Christian,” said Ricky. “[Initially] it was difficult to be a Christian. I got a lot of injuries, troubles in my family, school and so on, but again, Jesus met me... He said, ‘Don’t worry about anything; I’ve taken all your worries to the cross.’” While on a retreat, Ricky sensed God calling him to soccer ministry. “Now, my dream is to travel around the world and tell the people about Jesus, and also to share my testimony with Him through soccer.” he said. Praise God for calling Ricky. Pray for wisdom and protection as he shares his faith. *Name changed.  (Operation Mobilisation - March 2014)
Chile
A new society: “In Chile 70% of students will be the first generation of professionals in their families. That means that in 5 years time there will be a new society, a new culture, a new mentality and new expectations being born...” (Evangelicals, Politics and society in Chile, Fediakova, 2013). Please pray for the church in Chile, that it would have an influence in the new country that is being born. Pray that the church in Chile will get a vision from God to be an influence to those who will be leading the country in the next generations with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Church Mission Society - March 2014)
United Kingdom
Discipling international students: Hundreds of thousands of students come to UK universities from all over the world. During February many Christian Unions ran weeks of events and talks that offered opportunities for international students to hear the gospel for the first time. Pray for the students that took the opportunity to find out about Jesus, that God would open the eyes of their hearts to the truth of what they heard. Pray too for effective follow up and for new Christians to be discipled and connected to churches. (Friends International - March 2014)
Bangladesh
Loss and devastation: One recent Monday afternoon, more than 60 teenaged girls squeezed their way into the local Christian girls’ club to play, sing, listen to a story and learn a memory verse. The next day most of them were homeless and the room where the club meets was gutted by a fire that had swept through the slum, destroying more than half of it in a short time. Thankfully, no-one was badly hurt but many families have lost everything they owned. One believer looked at the remains of her home and wept: “My verse has gone! I’ve lost my verse!” She had asked the team to paint on one wall: “Jesus said: ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.’” She had put her trust in Jesus through that verse and wanted everyone to see it. Pray for the affected families to experience Jesus as the Way even through loss and devastation, giving them the strength, comfort and courage to start again.  (Operation Mobilisation - March 2014)
Thailand, Indonesia
Asia-Pacific radio planting : One hundred Christian radio ministries have been established in the Asia Pacific Region in the last 10 years. The 100th station was a radio plant in Thailand that was dedicated during a large celebration in February. Stations have also been installed recently in Indonesia, including one in a highly sensitive, unreached area. Pray that God would prepare the hearts of listeners within the coverage areas of these stations and that many would come to Christ. (Reach Beyond - March 2014)
Iraq
Worsening violence: Canon Andrew White, known as the ‘Vicar of Baghdad’, has asked for urgent prayer for the church in Iraq amid intense violence. With frequent bombings and shootings in cities such as Baghdad and Mosul, monthly death tolls have soared recently. January’s toll of 1,000 dead was the highest for almost six years. “Hundreds of our people have left the church because they have left the country,” he says. “The hundreds left are those who cannot afford to leave, so the poverty and needs seem greater than ever. I honestly cannot tell you how terrible things are. We are in more than a desperate crisis. We need your prayers.” Ask God to protect and sustain Iraqi Christians amid the worsening violence. Pray for an end to the bloodshed in Iraq and an end to the fighting, which is mainly between Sunni militants and the Shia-dominated government.  (Release International - March 2014)