40 people join our Global Gathering

Gary Atkins

More than 40 people from around the world joined together to take part in this year’s NAYBA Global Gathering.

As well as a keynote speech from Dr Shola Adega, Executive Pastor at Jesus House, London, attendees heard inspiring first-hand accounts of NAYBA’s impact.

Referencing the story of Jesus preaching to crowds from Peter’s boat, Pastor Adega challenged participants to do more for Christ. And he said that obyeying God means we can, like Peter, be more successful at reaching out and catching more fish!

Attendees were also introduced to NAYBA’s Global Replicate Catalyst, Madz Deyzel, who explained more about her work to help churches. She spoke about her counselling ministry, Edify, and how there are now 150 volunteer counsellors seeing around 100 people a week in South Africa.


Madz also explained how NAYBA’s heart for the community matched hers. She highlighted how her ministry – which partners with local churches in order to offer hope to communities struggling with mental health needs – became a Recognised Project.

She also shared how her experience of replicating Edify to empower churches around the globe was being used through NAYBA.

“I was asked to join the team as Global Replicate Catalyst, which was exciting as it takes the heart of what I do to the next level,” said Madz. “I now spend two days a week helping churches with great community-led projects get to a place where they can Replicate them.

“We want to take incredible projects, equip them with tools and resources based on Matt’s Replicate book, which is a practical resource for projects that have a Kingdom heart and vision. We journey with them to a place where other churches can pick up the projects and Replicate them.”

She then introduced Becca Green to talk about The Beehive, a church-led project that allows churches impact their local shopping centres.


The Global Gathering was then introduced to Enterprise Catalyst, Geoff Baxter OBE. He encouraged attendees to establish NAYBA Enterprise Hubs, which helps churches reach their neighbourhoods by tackling unemployment.

He then introduced Gary and Fhionna, who set up a business called Gravitate Webs, which is a digital media for social enterprises and charities.

Gary said, “As I learned about the social enterprises that NAYBA were helping set up and support, I saw a need for a web development business that was affordable for them to use. So we set up Gravitate Webs as a way to support new charities and social enterprises.

“The Spirit of Enterprise Course helped us work out how we could set up and run an enterprise to set and reach our goals.”


Our attendees said they not only enjoyed the Global Gathering and were encouraged. One told us, “Thank you to the Global Team. Great format, good get to know you breakouts and seriously inspiring content. Best session yet in my view.  Blessings.”

We’re excited about our next NAYBA Global Gathering, which are planning for October. We’re hoping that we will be able to do so in person. Sign up to our newsletter so you can be kept updated.

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