We long to see every Christian released to be good news in the whole of life, or spheres of life, in the Bristol region: in Arts, Business and Workplace, Education and Young People, Family, Media, Politics and Social Action, Sport, and Health.
Together4Bristol: The Whole of Life is a “network of networks” (rather than an organisation), with a facilitating group, and core groups for all eight spheres of life. We also engage with church and prayer leaders. We help to connect networks, organisations, projects and initiatives in the whole of life. We also organize wider gatherings, including conferences, to release Christians to help transform the whole of life in the Bristol region for good. See the Spheres diagram. T4B:Whole of Life has the following vision and objectives. For current news, articles, calendar, and more of what is happening, see Bristol Networks website.
We long to see every sphere of life lived with Justice, Compassion and Humility made possible by a growing number of Christians, from every age-group, tradition, and culture: serving together, sharing the good news of Jesus and inspiring others to transform the whole of life in the region for good.
See the Summary of a Big Vision for a Good Bristol
See the Long Version of a Big Vision for a Good Bristol
See Let's Work Together: A Christian Manifesto
T4B:Whole of Life has a Facilitating group who are:
Jane Auld (Family)
Rev Erica Bebb (Arts)
Jonathan Clark (Health)
Miggs Clark (Media)
Paul Hazelden (Politics and
Derick Mulubwa (Prayer)
Grant Sheppard (Sport)
Tim Simpson (Business and Workplace)
Andy Street (Politics and
Jo Sunderland (Media)
Akeel Yousaf (Sport)
Roger Allen (Enabler/Education)
To build relationships
We gather Christian leaders across the spheres of life, together with church and prayer leaders, to build friendship, exchange news and get a better overview of how each initiative and project fit together, to help form a “network of networks”.
To learn from God and
We pray together for one another, and for the whole of life across the city, for example, at an All-Night Prayer Vigil.
We spur one another on to more radical whole-life missional discipleship, using resources such as LICC's Fruitfulness on the Frontline.
We learn together, for example through city-wide gatherings, such as Going Deeper, which explored these issues in greater depth.
To act together and as individuals
As a result of growing relationships, the Christian community can take strategic action together, within or across the spheres of life. For example, we are fighting food poverty through a network of foodbanks and other organisations called the 5K Partnership.
We are also sent out as individuals, to live and communicate the good news of Jesus. At the Arise Bristol! Ashton Gate stadium gathering we prayed for and released thousands of Christians to help transform the whole of life in the Bristol region, for the benefit of all.
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A few highlights of T4B:Whole of Life
Informal gatherings of Christians involved in the Whole of Life in the Bristol region started in about 2009. “Forum for Change” brought together leaders in the spheres of life. They met twice a year, including for a great Christmas dinner!
Since then there have been:
Three city wide “Arise” and “Together for Bristol” gatherings of thousands at Pentecost (at Ashton Gate 2012, Castle Park 2013 and College Green 2014) with representatives from the spheres involved. For example, at Ashton Gate there was Repentance, and Declarations made to work together more for the good of Bristol.
Since then, core groups with facilitators have been formed in the spheres of life, with regular gatherings and practical action (see the different spheres' webpages for details).
A city wide Going Deeper conference at the Colston Hall (2013), including nearly 60 stands and sixteen seminars, exploring issues across the whole of life.
There have been numerous other wider gatherings, with food and drink, such as in the summer of 2013.
One All-Night Prayer Vigil at the Cathedral and St Stephen's (May 2014).
In 2015, the name of the spheres networks was changed from “Forum for Change” to Together for Bristol, or T4B:Whole of Life.
For several years, the Global Aware Bristol conference (a unique collaboration between CAFOD, Christian Aid, Fairtrade Bristol, TEARfund and others) has taken place, including Swords into Ploughshares in February 2016.
There have been other conferences for hundreds of people, such as Love Work in February 2016
In March 2016, Let's Work Together (a Manifesto for the elections of 2016) was launched. In April, a Hustings for the Mayoral candidates was held.
From 2017, “Together4Bristol” has a website, including this page to help people connect with other people in the Whole of Life, through the different spheres' networks.
Whole of Life
Together for Bristol: The Whole of Life is a “network of networks” (rather than an organisation), with a facilitating group, and core groups for all eight spheres of life. We also engage with church and prayer leaders. We help to connect networks, organisations, projects and initiatives in the whole of life. We also organize wider gatherings, including conferences, to release Christians to help transform the whole of life in the Bristol region for good.
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