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Church/Steve Clifford to step down as general director

Steve has been at the helm of the Evangelical Alliance since April 2009 and over the past decade he has helped the church have confidence in the power of the gospel and develop a clear voice in public life. But, perhaps above all, the Bradford-born Christian leader has brought together the diverse…

12 April 2019
Danny Webster

Mission/Steve Clifford: unity for the sake of the gospel

As I sat on the platform of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) leader’s conference at the International Conference Centre in Torquay, I reflected on the amazing diversity of the evangelical community across the UK. Over the previous eight months, an enormous banner with the…

29 August 2018
Steve Clifford

Thank you and goodbye from Steve Clifford

As I write, I do so with a whole mixture of emotions. It’s now 10 years since I took on this role, and I regard it as an amazing privilege to have been called by God to serve Him and His church within the Evangelical Alliance. I’m incredibly thankful to God for all that has been achieved over the…

Discipleship/Why we must be a light in the darkness

Here we were, just four days after the fire, standing looking up at the charred remains of Grenfell Tower. The image took my breath away. How on earth had this happened? This is 21st century United Kingdom, with all its sophistication, its building regulations and health and safety precautions. Yet…

1 September 2017
Steve Clifford

Discipleship/The generosity of God’s people

As I write this Last Word, I realise I've been general director of the Evangelical Alliance for more than eight years. I remember well my first day as Ann and I arrived at Whitfield House (our old resource centre), welcomed by the whole staff team with a large cake to celebrate. These last years…

1 November 2017
Steve Clifford

Unity/Race and the UK church: a personal reflection

The issue of race and racism has been a hot topic over the last few weeks, with the twittersphere abuzz with comment and reflections following the violent scenes in Charlottesville, Virginia, on 12 August, and President Trump's subsequent comments [i]. As I've reflected on the scenes over the…

17 August 2017
Steve Clifford

Mission/God is at work

I described it to a friend as “church, but not as we have known it”. Led by pastor Toby Abegboyega (or PT, as he is affectionately known by the congregation), SPAC Nation is a vibrant, colourful, high energy, loud church, with approximately 1,000 mainly 16 to 35-year-old young adults. Many in the…

27 December 2018
Steve Clifford

I don't get to decide

Many years ago, while I was working on a farm at Capernwray Hall, a Christian conference centre and Bible school, I responded to the challenge to become a follower of Jesus. I was 17 years old and about to finish school. I look back at that moment and recognise that was the point at which…

20 November 2018
Steve Clifford

Steve Clifford to step down as general director of the Evangelical Alliance after ten years’ service

The Evangelical Alliance has announced that Steve Clifford, its general director, will step down from his role at the end of 2019. Steve has been at the helm of the Evangelical Alliance since April 2009 and over the past decade he has helped the church have confidence in the power of the gospel…

12 April 2019

Discipleship/Opportunity amid uncertainty

I don't know about you, but for me the early months of 2018 have revealed a UK society living with extraordinary uncertainty and increasing fragmentation. The ongoing Brexit debate has exposed significant differences between young and old, metropolitan centres (particularly London) and the rest of…

1 July 2018
Steve Clifford

Church/To see the coming kingdom is our hope

The church is God’s chosen instrument to bring change to the world. It is Christ’s body on earth. As an organisation, the Evangelical Alliance exists to serve this church, and we have the privilege of working together to bring the great hope of Christ to the world. I don’t mean the church as an…

1 March 2018
Steve Clifford

Mission/Movement Day – What a day!

I began to reflect back on a conversation Roger Sutton and I had almost seven years previously. Roger, after 22 years of pastoral ministry at Altringham Baptist church was sensing God was asking him to respond to a new challenge. In a strange and yet what turned out to be significant conversation,…

1 January 2018
Steve Clifford

Opportunity and opposition like never before

You and I live in unique times. Today, I’m convinced that there is a greater spiritual openness than I can remember for decades. Yet at the same time we face opposition. I believe that, right now, God is calling us to act. And that’s why I wrote to many of you recently – to ask you if you could…

Discipleship/The last word: Developing resilience

It has been a wonderful privilege over the years to become close friends with some amazing men and women of God. I have made it a habit to observe their lives and learn as much as I possibly can. I not only study how they go about their work or ministry, but how they conduct themselves behind the…

26 April 2018