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By Dan Wooding, ASSIST News Service
“The Higher Place” exists so that ordinary people can be transformed to passionate followers of Jesus.
Europeans, and many others from around the world, have to a large extent, walked away from traditional churches, feeling that their faith is meant to be kept private.
Undeterred, however, "The Higher Place" ministry, with its tag line "a place of community," is attracting people to its out-of-the-ordinary meeting space in London's historical Devonport House, King William Walk, Greenwich, London, UK.
Like many new churches in the British capital, it was founded by leaders with links to Nigeria who are showing their gratitude to British missionaries, like my parents, Alfred and Anne Wooding, who brought the Gospel to West Africa all those years ago, and now they are leading the way in bringing the Good News back to Great Britain.
"The Higher Place" is meeting once a week in this elegant 1920s building, located in the University of Greenwich, close by the River Thames, for a Sunday morning "worship experience" starting at 10:30 AM, and on Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM for a "life group" gathering in various locations across London.
And what a location that they have chosen to gather to worship the Lord. You see, Devonport House is part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, with the classical buildings of the Old Royal Naval College that were designed by England's greatest architects and are considered amongst the finest in Europe.
This site, features the sumptuous Painted Hall and the neo-classical Chapel, has seen a variety of uses, as Greenwich Palace, the Royal Naval Hospital of Seamen and then the Royal Naval College. And they gather in Devonport House, which is now a hotel.
The church was founded by Pastor Paul Ilo, born in Ogun state, southwestern Nigeria, and his London-born wife Debi, who are only two years into their marriage. They are young, passionate in their faith, and are bi-vocationally working in professional careers while pursuing their spiritual destiny by birthing "The Higher Place."
Paul is following in the footsteps of his father, Pastor Samson Ilo, in planting this outreach ministry as the twenty-second to compliment twenty-one mature Disciples of Christ Bible Churches founded by Samson in Nigeria. Paul revealed that it was during "Amsterdam '86," the International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists, organized by Dr. Billy Graham, that his father first received the call from God to start the Disciples of Christ Bible Churches, first of all in Nigeria, and then in different parts of the world.
"'The Higher Place' is a fulfilment of that vision under 'different parts of the world,'" he says.
Paul then says that he chose "The Higher Place" name for the church after reading the scripture: "The Lord God is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds' feet, And makes me walk on my high places." (Habakkuk 3:19 | NASB).
He stated that "The Higher Place" is a church with a three-fold objective: Connecting people to Jesus; Connecting people to life-giving relationships; and connecting people to their God-given destinies.
Pastor Paul Ilo told me that, at the age of seven, while still in Nigeria, he first embraced a grass-roots effort to lead fellow children to a relationship with Christ. he founded the Royal Diadem Int'l Network where he serves as International Director. He also founded Joint Action for Peace and co-founded Education to Africa. He has a BA (Hons) English, as well as MA International Relations.
Now living in London, Paul's aim is in "reaching out to the nations." He has written thirteen books including "Wisdom Bank," "United Nations Mediation in West Africa" and "Success: Your Inheritance." Paul also is the host of a series of worldwide annual events that include Leadership Conferences, Transformation Conferences, Academic Excellence Summits, Change Your World Conferences, and Pastors' Children Int'l Conferences to name a few.
He also hosts a program called "Wisdom Bank" on radio and writes for media houses and various journals.
"Through 'The Higher Place,' Debi and I encourage everyone to enter all conversations with an open mind and treat others with dignity," he explained. "As a result, 'The Higher Place' is attracting people of all cultures and race. We already have members from Bosnia, England, Nigeria, Turkey, the West Indies, and Zimbabwe."
This is his first time pastoring and Paul's inaugural worship service was on July 17, 2016, and also marked the first in a sermon series he has been presenting entitled "New Beginnings."
In it, Paul weaves together Biblical stories inspiring hope with what he calls "culturally relevant take-aways, that free people to turn the page and begin a new chapter in life."
One new member of the church is Karl, who told Pastor Paul recently, "This is refreshing. There is something different about you guys. This is the place I want to attend."
Karl had previously received an invitation to experience "The Higher Place" for himself, but waited six weeks before his first visit.
"Soon after that, he became transformed into a passionate follower of Jesus and memorialized his decision by being baptized," said Pastor Paul.
"While resting in God's grace, Karl is moving ever onward and upward by offering to play the keyboard in our worship services," he added.
Paul's communication style centers on four words: "Make it their idea!" He endeavors to talk with people rather than at them while embracing the notion that ultimately we are an audience of one -- unity.
He stated that this is based on the Scripture: "The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, THAT THEY MAY BE ONE ... that they may be perfected in unity." (John 17:22-23 | NASB).
The seed money for the startup of "The Higher Place" is the small savings that Paul and Debi have accumulated. With about twenty committed members after eight weekend services they are off to a humble start.
So, if you, or anyone you know, feel led to pray or help in providing financial support, Paul looks forward to you reaching out and connecting with him through e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. You may also directly make a donation through the web page as follows: http://www.thehigherplaceuk.com/awareness/.
You are invited to visit their website at: http://www.thehigherplaceuk.com/, and if you live in London, why not join them for worship.
Paul concluded by saying, "Together, we can encourage Europeans, and others from around the world, to find their spiritual voices here in the UK, and beyond, where too many have been silenced."
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 75, is an award-winning author, broadcaster and journalist, who was born in Nigeria, West Africa, of British missionary parents, Alfred and Anne Wooding, who then worked with the Sudan Interior Mission, now known as SIM. Dan now lives in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for some 53 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Dan is the founder/president of the ASSIST News Service (ANS), and is also the author of some 45 books. His latest is a novel about the life of Jesus through the eyes of his beloved mother, Mary, and is called "Mary: My Story from Bethlehem to Calvary." (http://marythebook.com/). Dan has worked as a writer with Dr. Billy Graham during his overseas crusades in Moscow, Russia; Essen, Germany, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, and wrote the cover story for the Saturday Evening Post about Franklin and Billy Graham.
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Karl got an invite from The Higher Place but didn't attend immediately. He kept the invite and pondered on it for 6 weeks. 4 weeks ago, he decided to visit and 'check us out'.
He was blown away on his first visit and kept on saying - 'this is refreshing, there is something different about you guys. This is the place then.'
That same day, he gave his life to Jesus. He was baptised on 27/08 and has now boldly stepped forward to serve.
He says, 'I've got nothing to loose following Jesus. It can only get better and not worse as I've seen a lot in my lifetime.'
The Higher Place exists so that ordinary people can be transformed into passionate followers of Jesus. We look forward to welcoming you and your friends this Sunday at Devonport House, King William Walk, Greenwich, London SE10 9JW at 10:30am.
Teamwork is all around us in life. We see it in marriages, businesses, neighborhoods, churches, etc. God loves to see Christians working together submitting to His will.
'the body is one unit and yet has many parts. As all the parts form one body, so it is with Christ. By one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.'
1 Corinthians 12:12-13
In Christianity there is one body, but there are many different functions. God has blessed us all differently. With our individual gifts and talents, we are able to glorify God and add to His higher purpose.
Most of us are aware of the saying "no man is an Island" neither were we created to be. The Devil knows well that there is safety in numbers, so often times will try to keep us isolated and vulnerable. But this is not God's intentions. Together we can encourage each other, pray for one another and be strengthened.
'Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.' - Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Message - Never underestimate the power of people. It takes people to make a difference. One person can achieve a lot, but imagine the impact that can be accomplished with people who are united in passion and vision.
Promise - "...a threefold cord is not quickly broken", once we decide to adventure ourselves into fellowship, the Bible guarantees strength and security.
'Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another'
There is so much that can be learnt from others, or even to teach others. We can be challenged and inspired to step out of our comfort zone, even with just the security of knowing you are not alone.
God created us for fellowship, we are social beings for a reason. He made us in a way that we can rely on one another. How else can we be Christlike and imitate the Love God pours on us, onto others if there are no people amongst us? The feet can not function effectively without other parts of the body, neither can the hands or the eyes. No matter how small or insignificant it may seem, there is always a purpose.
God created you with a purpose, which is to discover your place in the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ.
You are loved!
#BetterTogether Series continue this Sunday at The Higher Place, Devonport House, King William Walk London SE10 9JW. Join US!