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What we share are not merely words, but words that have transformed us, and can transform those we walk with. We share life to life, engaging with Jesus through His Word and prayer. Our aim is not mere knowledge or spirituality, but His transformation by His Spirit. It does not end with us, but goes to the next spiritual generation, and on to succeeding generations.
Organisationally the Navigators is a worldwide mission partnership existing in over a hundred countries. The Navigators UK is a charity with a UK board and membership of both the Evangelical Alliance and Global Connections. The Navigators UK has been serving in the UK for 60 years
Our calling begins with the Gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom. Like others, we begin and end with Jesus and His purposes. We are His servants, grappling with how to present Him to a disinterested world. Jesus’ expression of this in us focuses on His work in our whole lives. He has called us to focus on sharing His life with those we rub shoulders with. We allow Jesus to lead us into the places where He would have us shine. Wherever He takes us, we share Him through relationships. We don’t bring a package; we bring a Person living in a person. Our desire is that those who grasp the reality of Christ in us will go on to share that same fullness with others.Derek Leaf
Who Are We?
Our calling begins with the Gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom. Like others, we begin and end with Jesus and His purposes. We are His servants, grappling with how to present Him to a disinterested world. Jesus’ expression of this in us focuses on His work in our whole lives. He has called us to focus on sharing His life with those we rub shoulders with. We allow Jesus to lead us into the places where He would have us shine. Wherever He takes us, we share Him through relationships. We don’t bring a package; we bring a Person living in a person. Our desire is that those who grasp the reality of Christ in us will go on to share that same fullness with others.
How We Work & Vision
Advance the Gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom
Our ministry flows out of a passion for Christ. We pursue him with our hearts through prayer and the word of God. We develop a relationship with him as through these times in his word he challenges our way of life. He encourages us and challenges us to be transformed to become like Christ.
Into the nations
This transformation by the gospel of Jesus bears fruit as others we meet are transformed in the same way. The word “into” is significant for we go to where people are and meet them in their world. The word “through” is significant for it points to the two key means that characterise us.
Through spiritual generations of labourers
We are not content to merely influence those around us. We help those who are close to us pass on what they have learned to those around them. So we look for growth not through numbers, but through generations of those who labour with Christ.
Living and discipling among the lost
We live close to others so that they can see the work that God has done in our lives such that we can be a model for them to follow. We help people to engage with God through word and prayer in order that their lives are transformed just as ours are. So, we live and disciple among people.
In the UK we have about 100 Representatives and Associates distributed in five regions – or Quadrants as we call them – Scotland, East, West, South and International Missions.
Each of our Representatives has a focus of ministry varying from student ministry to ministry among churches or ministry in the community.
A key element of our ministry is the development of the people God has entrusted to us. We have development programmes such as Connect for recent graduates, FFM for new Representatives and Overseas Summer Programmes.
The Navigators could be described as the largest missionary organisation that you have never heard of. Our World Wide Partnership exists in over 100 countries with about 6000 partners.
We are a charity, with an office in Southampton and a board of trustees. We are members of the Evangelical Alliance and Global Connections.
How We Came To Be
The Navigators has grown out of one man’s pursuit of God. Dawson Trotman lived in America. As he sought God, the Lord promised to build him ‘a house’. At a time when the Christian world saw no ministry beyond evangelism, he was led to invest deeply in the lives of the few in order that they could reach the many. This began in the 1930s with US Navy personnel. It grew significantly through WWII. Following the war the Navigators spread out through the world, it is now in over 100 countries world wide.
The Navigators came to the UK through the Billy Graham crusades of the 1950s. Billy Graham, frustrated by the unwillingness of local Christians to help those who came forwards at his meetings, asked Dawson Trotman to develop what has since become known as “follow-up”. The Navigators therefore supported Dr Graham in all his crusades. During the Haringey crusades, Christians’ eyes were opened to the possibilities of discipleship, and asked the Navigators to minister in the UK. Initially Joyce Turner came to set up an office for materials and as she did this she also began a ministry among women. As interest developed, more Navigators came to set up ministries in communities and universities, which became the starting block for the current ministry.
Living out our Calling
1. The passion to know, love and become like Jesus Christ.
2. The truth and sufficiency of the Scriptures for the whole of life.
3. The transforming power of the Gospel.
4. The leading and empowering of the Holy Spirit.
5. Expectant faith and persevering prayer rooted in the promises of God.
6. The dignity and value of every person.
7. Love and grace expressed among us in community.
8. Families and relational networks in discipling the nations.
9. Interdependent relationships in the Body of Christ in advancing the Gospel.
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