After a near fatal car accident in 2010, Michael Cassidy felt that God was trying to get his attention in order to refocus his energies. In this new season, Michael felt strongly that God was saying that he needed to invest time and energy into mentoring younger leaders, but he was unclear as to the form this would take or how it would happen. A few months later at Angus Buchan’s Mighty Men’s Conference in KwaZulu-Natal, Michael found himself amongst eight younger leaders from George who over the course of the week­end asked him to be a mentor to them. Thus was the first “Barnabas Group” born.

Since then the ministry has expanded to include nine groups and over two hundred men and women in leadership positions across South Africa who meet quarterly. This is some of the material covered so far. We hope it will be a blessing to you in your Christian walk.

Blessed in Order to Bless

“God has been blessing lives since the great Beginning. He has done it in so many different ways , to so many different people, and at so many different times and places that one would be a fool to claim to be able to understand the whole process or to reduce it to a...

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The Church Jesus Prayed For

Introduction from Michael Cassidy “If my book The Church Jesus Prayed For can in even modest measure challenge the Lord’s people in many places to strive in new ways after the church Jesus prayed for, narrated in John 17, I will feel rewarded. Most assuredly does this...

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Obstacles and Stepping Stones to Faith

“No one can say Jesus Christ is Lord but by the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:3).    Introduction from Michael Cassidy   “As you are involved in seeking to share your faith with others you may encounter all sorts of obstacles in people’s hearts and minds preventing...

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How to Make the Most of Your Time

“It is a liberating thought that time can be a tool to be used to good advantage. Given two leaders of equal ability, the one who uses best this tool by planning their time more effectively will far outperform the other person. They will take time for creative...

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The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

“Before Christ sent the Church into the world He sent the Spirit into the Church. The same order must be observed today.” – John Stott   Introduction from Michael Cassidy  (Extract taken from Bursting the Wineskins) “I want to stress the importance of approaching our...

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A Balanced Christian Witness

Introduction from Michael Cassidy   “One of the great contemporary Christian challenges for both individuals and the Church as a whole is to avoid personal and ministry ‘lopsidedness’ by discerning and demonstrating a Balanced Christian Witness. All of us are so prone...

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Holding True and Pressing On

Introduction from Michael Cassidy “Wherever any of us might be in our ministry or leadership roles, the biblical challenges remain the same, both in terms of “holding true to what we have already attained” (Philippians 3:16) in our Lord and His Word, and “pressing on...

read more

The Christian Life in Balance (Discipling New Believers)

Introduction from Michael Cassidy “Apart from worship and prayer, evangelism, I believe, is the primary task of the Church. Our Lord’s last word in His Great Commission was to go out and preach the Gospel in all the world and make disciples of all nations. And surely...

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Being a Witness for Christ

Introduction from Michael Cassidy “Apart from worship and prayer, evangelism, I believe, is the primary task of the Church. Our Lord’s last word in His Great Commission was to go out and preach the Gospel in all the world and make disciples of all nations. And surely...

read more

Developing an Ordered Devotional Life

“Christians from the beginning have encouraged one another to offer their first words, their first thoughts, the first moments... each day to the Lord of all creation.” -  Eugene Peterson   Introduction from Michael Cassidy   “I can never be thankful enough that soon...

read more

Blessed in Order to Bless

“God has been blessing lives since the great Beginning. He has done it in so many different ways , to so many different people, and at so many different times and places that one would be a fool to claim to be able to understand the whole process or to reduce it to a...

read more

The Church Jesus Prayed For

Introduction from Michael Cassidy “If my book The Church Jesus Prayed For can in even modest measure challenge the Lord’s people in many places to strive in new ways after the church Jesus prayed for, narrated in John 17, I will feel rewarded. Most assuredly does this...

read more

Obstacles and Stepping Stones to Faith

“No one can say Jesus Christ is Lord but by the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:3).    Introduction from Michael Cassidy   “As you are involved in seeking to share your faith with others you may encounter all sorts of obstacles in people’s hearts and minds preventing...

read more

How to Make the Most of Your Time

“It is a liberating thought that time can be a tool to be used to good advantage. Given two leaders of equal ability, the one who uses best this tool by planning their time more effectively will far outperform the other person. They will take time for creative...

read more

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

“Before Christ sent the Church into the world He sent the Spirit into the Church. The same order must be observed today.” – John Stott   Introduction from Michael Cassidy  (Extract taken from Bursting the Wineskins) “I want to stress the importance of approaching our...

read more

A Balanced Christian Witness

Introduction from Michael Cassidy   “One of the great contemporary Christian challenges for both individuals and the Church as a whole is to avoid personal and ministry ‘lopsidedness’ by discerning and demonstrating a Balanced Christian Witness. All of us are so prone...

read more

Holding True and Pressing On

Introduction from Michael Cassidy “Wherever any of us might be in our ministry or leadership roles, the biblical challenges remain the same, both in terms of “holding true to what we have already attained” (Philippians 3:16) in our Lord and His Word, and “pressing on...

read more

The Christian Life in Balance (Discipling New Believers)

Introduction from Michael Cassidy “Apart from worship and prayer, evangelism, I believe, is the primary task of the Church. Our Lord’s last word in His Great Commission was to go out and preach the Gospel in all the world and make disciples of all nations. And surely...

read more

Being a Witness for Christ

Introduction from Michael Cassidy “Apart from worship and prayer, evangelism, I believe, is the primary task of the Church. Our Lord’s last word in His Great Commission was to go out and preach the Gospel in all the world and make disciples of all nations. And surely...

read more

Developing an Ordered Devotional Life

“Christians from the beginning have encouraged one another to offer their first words, their first thoughts, the first moments... each day to the Lord of all creation.” -  Eugene Peterson   Introduction from Michael Cassidy   “I can never be thankful enough that soon...

read more