It is widely accepted that each of us sees the world through a particular lens, either one that may distort or correct vision.  Types of lens might be economic, social, technological, political or cultural but they are forged from our experience of life.  Your lens may help you see clearly or it may add in bias and prejudice.  Much is said these days about diversity, discrimination and equality – how does that sit with you? Are you filtering what you see through the same lenses you’ve always had or has your world view been challenged and undergone change?  The default human condition is to mix with those who reinforce one’s own world view, be that secular or spiritual, but there is another way to see things that is truly better.

  •  ‘We see the world through the lens of all our experiences; that is a fundamental part of the human condition’ – Madeleine M Kunin
  • ‘Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera’ – Yousuf Karsh

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You may well know this bird is an Oyster Catcher and be familiar with its beautiful burbling sound but none of us can share its unique perspective as it skims low across the sea. What is your unique perspective in life at present?  In the twists and turns of life, we find ourselves in diverse places, travelling at different speeds and dealing with many types of emotion.  Here are some experiences you might be entering, wanting, dreading or leaving behind – going into the valley, on the mountain to, in the boat, on an eagle’s wing or walking on water.  Whichever one it is, you probably won’t be able to change it so the vital thing is to have the right perspective as you pass through it.

  • ‘Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life’ – Gregory Peck
  • ‘The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective. You don't have control over your situation. But you have a choice about how you view it’ – Chris Pine

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Years of development and trials which began in 2008 led to the launch of C4L Online in 2015 - a new set of free ministry online and app resources. From Easter 2017, there is now a free high-tech extensive set of outreach and discipleship resources to match the established hard copy versions. – Olaf Fogwill, Ministry Director with Connect4Life

This features two free apps – MY CONNECTIONS for discipleship and BEST CONNECTIONS for outreach – which accompany two short courses, TCL and ABC. 

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“Five years on, Pentecost 2015 seemed an ideal time to bring out a new set of free ministry online and app resources. Church Connections sets out to help churches make multiple connections within their communities” – Olaf Fogwill, Ministry Director with Connect4Life

This features two free apps – MY CONNECTIONS for discipleship and BEST CONNECTIONS for outreach. Material from this is also freely available online.

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Countless Christian parents and church leaders suffer the constant pain of lost contact with their prodigals.  Back in 2007, research from Tear Fund showed 16 million people have stopped attending church – the lost generation. Findings from new research released today gives in depth insights from people who have reconnected and from church leaders about the causes and possible solutions.

A panel of 16 national church leaders has come together to reflect on the data from research carried out by Connect4Life for the wider church to address this problem.  The list of commentators includes Bishop Graham Cray (Fresh Expressions), Michael Harvey (Back To Church Sunday originator) and Debbie Thrower (TV Presenter), with other leading figures from denominations and youth ministries. 

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