Why did Infinitum start?

Infinitum started as a way of providing people with the opportunity to deepen their spiritual journey. It was designed for people who wanted to journey with others to see the radical call of Jesus become a greater reality in their life.

Who started it?

Infinitum was started by Phil Wall, Danielle Strickland, Stephen Court and Ian Mayhew. Their friendship and conversations over the years resulted in the creation of this tool.

Phil Wall runs Signify, a Leadership Coaching Company, and with his wife they are patrons of We See Hope, a charity working amongst AIDs orphans in sub-Saharan Africa.

Danielle Strickland is the Justice Secretary for The Salvation Army, based in Los Angeles. She is an international speaker and writer.

Stephen Court is an Officer within The Salvation Army and is a prolific author and blogger.

They were quickly joined by others from the UK, Canada and Australia who helped with research and writing.

Lloyd Kinsley (Lard Designs) created the Infinitum logo and vow icons.

How is it funded?

Infinitum is funded by private donations. The Infinitum App will generate some income which will pay for further social media development and resources.

There will soon be an opportunity for people to make donations if they wish to help fund peoples time towards Infinitum development

All resources are free though.

Is it for a particular denomination?

Although Infinitum started among Salvationists, it is not aimed exclusively at them. There are people from all denominations, and all walks of life, who are now embracing this rhythm of life

Is it a program?

No. Infinitum is not a course you can buy, but a journey you can explore.

There are scores of fantastic discipleship and Bible study programs out there, but Infinitum is not designed to compete with those

Infinitum is designed as a conversational journey that is centred in HUBs of people who explore what the Vision, Virtues and Vows look like in each others lives.

What exactly is a Hub?

HUBs are groups of people (normally between 2-6) who meet on a regularly basis (often weekly). They meet to, reflect on life lived since they last met, to ask each other questions around the vision, virtues and or vows and pray for each other. A HUB is not a Bible study group or small group, but a targeted spiritual development opportunity to promote radical and deep discipleship.

What is the best size for an Infinitum HUB?

Ideally its small. Most HUBs we know about have 2 or 3 people. But it could be 6 people. There is a practical issue – obviously it’s easier to get two people together than 6.

More strategically, HUBs give the opportunity to ask each other in depth questions. For some, being in a HUB with 2 people may actually prove too intense (you are always the next person to speak!); on the other hand with 6 people it can be that some get intimidated or left out.

Are Hubs best when they are single gender?

When we started Infinitum – some people automatically assumed that a HUB would consist of exclusively men or exclusively women. However there are HUBs where couples meet. There are no rules around it. The aim is encourage disciples on a journey of depth; so pursue whatever HUB context helps to do that

How often should a Hub meet?

The aim is for weekly. However we know that is not always possible. The secret is to always “book in” the day and time and stick with it as much as possible.

Is Infinitum just adding rules to our Christian life?

Too many of us have been formed in a religious culture that uses external measures to reflect internal truths. All of us who have lived this way know that spiritual health is impossible to do from the outside in. We are committed to the fact that lasting change only happens through the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:5).  These vows are as simple and profound as any. Jesus suggested them as a way of establishing an internal rhythm to our lives – as a measurement of our intentions to follow Him. We don’t think we can improve on Jesus’ take on the entire law and the prophets in a simple and deep way of living our lives. The two virtues are exactly that – simple, yet deep. They are guides to help us in living a different way than a dominate culture. And they are the embodiment of who God is – love. Living a life of love is impossible to demand – it must be driven by a spiritual hunger matched by an infilling of God’s spirit in us. These virtues are about love. Fueling our hunger and need for more and more love to reflect God to the world.

How can I join a Hub if I don’t know anyone locally who shares my vision/intentions locally?

You can contact us and we can let you know about potential Infinitum HUBs in your area. In many ways though it would be good to contact someone you know and start to explore the possibility with them. Many HUBs use a social platform to meet, and this proves to be a powerful way of connecting people who are close in terms of their discipleship intentions, but distant in their geographical proximity.

How do I connect daily?

Hopefully the 1-2-3 element really helps – see the resources section for a daily prayer and posture exercise.

Starting the day with

1 Vision – to follow Jesus. Asking Jesus that you would do that authentically throughout the day

2 Virtues – love and love.  Thanking God for his love for you and asking for his help to love him and others in the same way

3 Vows – Surrender, Mission and Generosity. Thinking through how you might be empowered by Jesus to live in a distinctive way.

How do I keep in contact with others pursuing Infinitum around the world?

There are a number of ways

a/ purchase the Infinitum App

b/ See who has connected with the Facebook Infinitum Page. You can leave comments and make connections there

c/ Get involved with Infinitum Day. On the 12th of each month we will be sending round info for people to pray about, and asking everyone who is connected with Infinitum globally to join together

d/ We occasionally hold Infinitum webinars. We will inform you about these through our mailing, the Facebook site, the App and the website

e/ Check our website for conferences, which are starting to take shape around the world.