We’re Derek and Donna Batty and welcome to our site. We were both born in New South Wales (NSW) Australia in the 1960’s and married in 2008. As of writing, we are Dad and step mum to three beautiful adult children and one grandson.
Up until around 2002-2004, both of us had spent most of our lives involved in traditional church life. What we mean by traditional is a Sunday church service held in a building and run by a paid Minister/Pastor, with Sunday sermons, worship teams, all kinds of needs specific groups like youth groups, cell groups, over 30’s groups, singles groups, women’s and men’s groups, kid’s church. Not to mention local community outreach, bible study, prayer groups, rosters and so on. Both of us had been involved in leadership in most of these areas in various churches and denominations over the years.But the Lord has radically changed our lives and direction by leading us out of these traditional forms described above, into knowing Him more deeply as the Living Christ and knowing Him as the sole Head of His glorious church. And we are discovering that this looks pretty much completely different to what we’d ever seen and known before 🙂
It is very important for us to note here, that He has not called us out of the traditional church life to live separate and individual Christian lives consisting of just us and Jesus. No, He has called us to know Himin and among His people (who are the church) in a way we could never have known Him before now. Knowing Christ as one glorious body is truly paradigm blowing and breathtakingly beautiful! So since 2012 we have been walking with others in the same journey into discovering God’s Eternal Purpose and in December 2016 we responded to a call in our hearts to move to Western Australia (WA) to be part of a planted and functioning local expression of Christ.
We are calling this The Ancient Pathways for a few reasons – firstly, because that’s what God called them in the book of Jeremiah. And secondly, because it is not a new way at all. Perhaps it is more of a difficult and unpopular way because it walks outside of the traditional forms of accepted Christian practice. However, many have walked this way well before us, many are walking this journey today and many will walk it long after we are gone.
Heb 13:13 So, let us go out to Him outside the camp…