Connections : National
Open Heaven is very well connected with many key churches and Christian organisations in this Nation. This has developed over our ten year history where we have valued partnership very highly and Ness and Rich have had the privilege of working with and becoming friends with many national leaders and speakers.
Some of our strongest links are with Fusion
, Spring Harvest
, Soul Survivor
, all of which have come about because of a shared passion for students. This has resulted in planning and hosting national events together eg. Student.Evolution. We are also part of the Pioneer Network
of churches and a member of the Evangelical Alliance
. We are a connection church to Fusion, the national student initiative and also work closely with DNA-a church based discipleship training year.
Below you'll find a little more detail about those we work more closely with.
Open Heaven belongs to a network of churches called Pioneer which is led by Gerald Coates and the Pioneer Team. Open Heaven is overseen by Steve Clifford who is part of the Pioneer Team. Pioneer influences us in many ways and we have received much support, wisdom and inspiration from being connected into Pioneer.
Fusion’s vision is clear: to engage with and begin to shape student culture – a complex and constantly changing sea of ideas, philosophies and morals. We are believing God for a whole generation, but starting one drowning person at a time by throwing them a life ring of God’s love and values. Fusion’s mission is simple: to see thousands of Christ centred, active, caring, mission-focused groups springing up all over the nation’s campuses – we call them Cells.
Fusion is a national student cell movement that we connected to when we realised that our vision and mission was the same. Like Alpha
, Fusion provide a model for local churches to reach people in a specific way, along with the resources and support to do it effectively. Fusion are a support and resource to the local churches who run the student cells here in Loughborough.
Open Heaven is a Fusion Connection Church
and part of a student friendly church list compiled by Alpha, Soul Survivor and Fusion.