A few significant events have occurred internationally for Church Army in recent times. Details can be found below, courtesy of CA UK’s latest newsletter updates.
NEW ZEALAND – PHIL CLARK’S PASSING
Many in Church Army will know Phil Clark, leader of Church Army New Zealand.
Phil was commissioned in the UK in 1992 and founded our Xplore programme before he and his family moved to New Zealand to be leader of Church Army there.
Around four years ago Phil was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer and given only months to live. Since then he has proved every medical expert wrong and lived 3 years longer than every prognosis including coming to the UK in April for the Church Army International Leaders conference. How he faced his illness and mortality head on with humour faith and courage has inspired many.
At 2am on Saturday 2nd, New Zealand time, Phil passed away. His funeral took place Monday 4th September.
Please do remember this special family in your thoughts and prayers, and give thanks for a truly amazing and remarkable man, our friend and colleague Phil Clark.
UNITED KINGDOM – GEORGE LING MOVING ON
Long time Church Army stalwart George Ling is moving on from CA UK’s Research Unit. Read Mark Russell’s tribute to his service below:
“George joined Church Army in 1997 and has faithfully led our Research Unit for 20 years. My predecessor Philip Johanson had the foresight and vision to establish the then Sheffield Centre as a centre for excellence in research on church planting and fresh expressions of Church. In the 20 years since then George has honoured that vision. George and his team published a series of papers, Encounters on the Edge which told the story of what God was up to on the margins of the church, and this led to the seminal Church of England paper Mission Shaped Church, which George was instrumental in helping to write. As the church planting and fresh expressions movements grew, George continued to place our Research Unit at the forefront of this work. Over the past number of years this work has been significantly funded by the Church Commissioners of England and last year the team published the hugely influential paper The Day of Small Things and suite of other reports which told the story of the growth of fresh expressions of Church in England. Alongside George’s book Reproducing Church these works have made a huge impact on the church not just in England but across the world, challenging bishops and others to re-shape their budgets and strategies to set people free to do church in new ways. Earlier this year the Archbishop of Canterbury awarded George the Canterbury Cross for outstanding services to the Church of England. George has left a legacy that has changed and will continue to change the church.” (Mark Russell, CA UK CEO)
If you would like to receive more updates regarding the happenings of Church Army internationally, we would encourage you to check them out online. The vibrant international community of Church Army can be discovered on social media, through numerous websites and ministries and through newsletters.