Thrive Teams – they’re not just for Christmas

This Christmas, many young people in Oxford’s most challenging estates are struggling and have little to look forward to. We have been offered £10,000 of matched funding for Thrive Teams, meaning that any gift you are able to give will be doubled. With your help, Thrive Teams can reach out to the most marginalised – […]

How do we get through this? Lockdown 2.0

The word I’ve heard most this week is fatigue.   Everyone is tired. The respite of the summer feels like a lifetime ago. With news of another round of restrictions, you could hear the collective question: How do we get through this? I’ve shared here, three practices that will help us to live and lead […]

Multiplying our mission in Oxford

Multiplying our mission in Oxford Two years ago, an enthusiastic young man called Daniel approached Innovista, wanting to take part in our pilot Youth Ministry Training programme. He had a heart for youth work but very little experience, and wanted to be better equipped. Fast-forward a couple of years, and Daniel is now leading our youth […]

Multiplying our mission in Moldova

Multiplying our mission in Moldova The restrictions of coronavirus have rapidly become our “new normal” this year. Like you, we are grateful daily for the technology which allows us to connect and communicate in meaningful ways even when we can’t meet in person. In Moldova, coronavirus cases continue to rise, hospitals are running out of […]

The impact of leadership in L’viv

Innovista Ukraine has been having a busy year. Since Coronavirus hit, they have managed to provide 234 sessions of coaching and training to 51 church leaders. Today, we want to share the story of one particular church in L’viv. God’s Love Church The leadership team of God’s Love Church had been struggling for a while. Although […]

Empowering the local church: a new direction for Thrive Teams

Passing on the baton Ten years ago, we pioneered our first Thrive Team in Barton. Our vision was to raise up leaders within Barton to reach the community with the hope of Jesus. Over the past decade, we’ve done just that. We’ve worked alongside Barton Community Church, running great youth work, mentoring leaders, and seeing […]

Thrive Teams summer updates

After months of lockdown, and trying to engage young people online, Thrive Teams were delighted to run holiday clubs IN PERSON during August! Thrive Teams ran holiday clubs for three days in South Abingdon, and three days in the Leys. Beforehand, leaders asked for prayer for “good weather, for young people to positively engage, and finally […]

A Flexible Friend

Cornel (23) and his team of youth leaders from Nisporeni, Moldova, took Innovista’s Tempo Leadership Course in 2019. Then Covid-19 hit. Thankfully, he had just learned about the importance of flexibility. Cornel always believed that he had what it takes to be a leader. He is the youth and worship leader at his church, Bethany, […]