The Body and the Bride

Uniting the Body and preparing the Bride for the coming of the Bridegroom King

Our Vision

Our vision is to see the Church become united as One, and to embrace her true identity and destiny as His radiant Bride. We want to see her passionately in love with Jesus, fully prepared, without spot or blemish. and looking for the return of Jesus, her Bridegroom King.

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Foundations For Farming
We are pleased to announce a working friendship with the amazing Foundations For Farming based in Zimbabwe

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About The Body and the Bride

What is The Body and the Bride? The Body and the Bride is part of a 'movement of God' which focuses on two urgent and essential needs in the Body of Christ today. 1) The unity and restoration of the much broken and divided Body. This comes about only through repentence for the deep seated competitive and critical attitudes held so frequently the leaders and ministers in His Church. 2) The awakening of the Church to understand and embrace Her Bridal identity and destiny. This is the day of the Bride and we are committed to see the Bride of Christ make herself ready for His coming, the coming of the Bridegroom King

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Team Members

Howard and Tricia Barnes

Howard is the overseer and administrator of this network ministry. He was born in England in 1944 to pastor parents. He is married to Tricia and has two lovely married children and four grandchildren. He was a school teacher and a pastor until 2003 but in 2009 became a team member of Time Out Mission International. Howard has an apostolic ministry and serves the body of Christ with a passion to see the church empowered through unity and bridal awareness. He has many years of missions experience and has a particular prophetic anointing to speak into nations for transformation.

Tricia is a gifted musican and woodwind teacher. She recently retired from the County Music Department in Cornwall, UK after many years of service and now is beginning to explore a ministry in caring for the elderly in her neighbpurhood with a UK organisation called Age Concern. She has been a supportive prayer partner in the ministry that God has given to Howard and looks forward to working closer together with him in The Body and the Bride ministry now that she has retired from teaching. She is a busy and loving grandmother and demonstrates wherever she is and to whomever she meets a generous and loving spirit.

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David and Jill Munby

David and Jill Munby have been leading St Georges Barnsley – a Charismatic, Evangelical Anglican Town Centre church- for over 25 years. During that time David has been seeking to encourage unity in prayer, friendship and mission among church leaders and congregations in Barnsley. He has led a number of conferences in Kenya on spiritual renewal, reconciliation and unity, some with Howard Barnes. In 2004 he was made a canon of Bungoma, Kenya. Jill has also been involved in speaking at conferences in India and Kenya and has been working on a Foundations for Farming project in Barnsley. They have 3 children who are all involved in church leadership, 2 of whom are married and the 3rd recently got engaged. We rejoice that grandchildren have started to arrive. We hope to be able to serve the Lord again in other nations in the future. Go to David's Page Go to Jill's Page

Bill Smith

“I was born and grew up in Liverpool. My parents were Christians and my earliest memories are of the Baptist church we attended. I received Jesus as Lord and Saviour as a 15 year old and soon became conscious of the call of God on my life for specific Christian ministry. This meant my dreams of professional football, treading the boards in the West End as an actor, singer, dancer, or managing a business from behind a large desk, all went out of the window! I went to Bible College in response to this call and became a Pastor within the Baptist denomination. However, mixing with people from different denominations and traditions was something I often found uncomfortable because having grown up in a family with an open Bible I was aware of its teaching about Unity as being high on God’s purposes for His people and it pained me that His Body seemed so divided. Today, I constantly live with a fiery passion for revival in the UK, planted in me as a new believer. I am convinced we will see widespread returning and turning to God in these coming days and that Unity will be part of the work as well as a product of it. Through the difficulties, challenges and what seems like failures in life, I have come to appreciate the grace of Abba Father in growing us, healing us, restoring us and revealing more of His extravagant love for us. This process has accelerated over recent years as He has revealed His heart more and more leading me to see the reality of church as the Bride of Christ Jesus. Oh the magnitude of God’s love, demonstrated in the sacrificial death of Jesus, that brings us into that amazing relationship with Father in which He chooses us as the beloved Bride for His Son, the reward of His suffering. As well as regular teaching and preaching in the UK, my wife and I have ministered in Malta, India and Mozambique, bringing salvation and healing, as well as encouragement to several hundred church leaders. Whilst in Mozambique I was lead to speak about the abundance of God’s provision for us, offered as a banquet in ‘His Banquet House’- a strange topic among the world’s poorest people. This message became the backbone of the book which has recently been published called ‘Feasting on the Father’. It’s a book about Abba Father’s love, about His heart for real unity in His Body, about the Bride, our intimacy with God and so much more. Being associated with The Body and the Bride Network Ministry is such a natural progression for us and our relationship with Howard Barnes, which God has forged over recent years. Our hearts beat with the same longings and burden in God and we are here to support, encourage and help to advance the message of Unity and the Bride across the nation and the nations. One day we will see the Bride in all her glorious beauty as we make ourselves ready for the great wedding to come. To this end we co-labour in His name to see…. His Kingdom come and His will done on the earth as it is in heaven.” For a more detailed version please see Bill’s blog on the website Go to Bill's Page

Latest Members

Saleem Botta Saleem Botta
6 Jul 16

i like to start BBN in karachi,pakistan God Bless you all

Moheeb Moheeb
16 Jun 16

We are a growing group of Christian business people who met for the purpose of growing spiritually and financially. We provide a forum in which business men and women can promote their business in...

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1 May 16

Mr.Jostas is the Executive Director, Founder and Senior Research Consultant of Rwenzori Center for Research and Advocacy (RCRA) a not for profit communication for development organisation in...

17 Apr 16

I am a Born Again Gospel Minister , travelling to the Nations

prashansa francis prashansa francis
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i work at rgpv bhopal

HowardBarnes123 HowardBarnes123
United Kingdom
30 Nov 15

Howard Barnes is the International Director and Founder of The Body and the Bride Network Ministry known as the BBN. He was born in England in 1944 to Salvation Army pastor parents. After...

James Kaggwa James Kaggwa
26 Nov 15


Missionary Joan Bosman Missionary Joan...
21 Nov 15

am an missionary, Evangilist. I have been in East Africa for 7 years now.
I come from South Africa. I have been in ministry for more than 55 years now.

JonKania JonKania
United Kingdom
17 Oct 15

I am a saved child of Jesus. I have a prophetic and creative gifting. I write like a scribe for Jesus. I help others in other nations when I am called. In 2008 and 2009 I was a missionary in...

25 Sep 15

I am a pastor of His flock and a teacher of His word. I moved from Southern part of India (Kerala) and presently here in New Delhi (Capital of India) and expecting His intervention. I evaluate...

Michelle james MJ Michelle james MJ
12 Aug 15

My name is Michelle i am a student of advance graphics program... And want to be fruitful in Almighty Lord. Amen

Head4Jesus Head4Jesus
United Kingdom
2 Aug 15

I was a teacher for many years, firstly in state schools and then in the little Christian schools which sprang up in the 80s. Now I divide my time between writing Christian novels, serving the...

Gill Chapman Gill Chapman
United Kingdom
1 Mar 15

Deeply loved, richly blessed, highly favoured and eagerly anticpating our Bridegroom Jesus, soon return.

Juny Juny
United Kingdom
24 Jan 15

I am of mature years, married to Jim and a Mother, and Grandmother. My husband Jim and I are currently house sitters, where we literally look after other peoples houses and pets if there are any...

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14 Jan 15

I am a disciple of Jesus Christ and available to his service.

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Member Blogs

howard barnes The latest report from Nepal Sunday 23rd February 2014 submitted by Pastor Bishwa Dev Khadka Nepal & Tibet Border

23 Feb 14
 "Proclaiming Christ,Training Peoples, Making Disciples , Raising Godly leaders & Planting...
Bill Smith A personal biography by Bill international ministry team member of The Body and the Bride

13 Jan 14
“I was born and grew up in Liverpool. My parents were Christians and my earliest memories are of...
Bill Smith Faithful God

22 Dec 12
"If you hold on to Me for dear life" says God, "Ill get you out of any trouble, I'll give you the...
Bill Smith Pleasure in the family

1 Dec 12
Hi, This is a section of a chapter  from the new book I am writing. It looks at how Christians...

11 Oct 12
 - 2 Sam. 1 : 25 "Staying up is far more demanding than going up." "Might" does not prevent a...
apostle A White Stone for the Apostle Sam c. Ojukwu from T.O.M. Nigeria on Sunday August 19th, 2012

19 Aug 12
   "To him that overcometh will I give ........a white stone, and in the stone a new name...
Pst Precious c Shedrack DOES GOD LOVES ME

29 Jul 12
As you cry out does God really love me and allow me to suffer,because you feel unable to know God's...
DeborahButt He is my Bridegroom. I am His Bride by Deborah Butt TOM Friend UK Written 2011 -2012

24 May 12
    In January of 2011, I journalled a few prophetic thoughts that Holy Spirit had me...
Globalfaithcoalition THE MAN GOD USES!!!

2 May 12
And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him. And he...
howard barnes ‘Walking with God’ ....."And Enoch walked with God and was not"...Gen 5 v 24

23 Apr 12
Introductory statement Enoch, the God pleaser extraordinary! Enoch was a man who walked so closely...

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We are a missionary based ministry and are open to travel anywhere in the world where the Lord opens a door. We have no outside funding or support and therefore all of work is done with a total dependency upon God for the provision of finances. Because the ministry has grown significantly it has been necessary to adopt a specific policy on how mission trips should be arranged, and it is important for anyone wanting to arrange a visit from the apostolic team to be aware of the steps involved. We have therefore put together a simple outline explaining what to do.

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You have reached the growing family and online community of The Body and the Bride Network. By providing this social network it is our hope and prayer to encourage the development of new relationships, mission partners, prayer forums, events calendar, and much more. The social network aspect of our website is brand new and still under development, although it is fully functional, and we invite you to get involved by creating or joining groups, participate in onlne discussions and communities. There is also the facility for your own photo galleries, blogs and other content.
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Word for the Week

I am dead but still living, crucified with Christ but still so very much alive.... A mystery indeed

18 Sep 16
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20 KJV) I remember many years ago being so challenged by a sermon that was based on this scripture. I found it impossible to accept because intellectually it was a paradox to me since my spirit accepted the truth but my behaviour denied its reality in my life. It took me years to understand the mystery. Oh what a blessed mystery. Dead but living! This paradox aptly more ...

Word for the Week Posts

I am dead but still living, crucified with Christ but still so very much alive.... A mystery indeed
18 Sep 16
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself...
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Preparing the Church as the Bride of Christ
15 Sep 16
“For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:2 In the ancient times, especially in...
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The call to warfare and the weapons we use.
10 Sep 16
Good morning dear brothers and sisters Did you know that we are called to be like a military battleship and not a cruise liner full of holiday makers? That's why Paul encourages us to "Put on the...
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The Word of the Lord for 2016
9 Sep 16
Dear brothers and sisters, Scripture says that nothing God Intends to do will be fulfilled until first it is revealed by the prophets. We do well to heed this prophetic word given by Cindy Jacobs in...
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The call to persist. God prizes faithfulness and rewards the pursuit of His Holiness.
7 Sep 16
Good morning from us all We bless you this morning and would encourage you to "having done all, to stand". This message is particularly for those who are being deeply challenged this morning whether...
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The victory that overcomes the world
6 Jul 16
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith.” (1 John 5:4) We are not of this world The born-again believers are not of the world;...
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Returned safely from Italy
2 Jul 16
Just a quick email to say that I have returned safely from the weeks ministry in Italy. I had a wonderful time and will send a full report as soon as possible. Arrived home tonight. Some reports and...
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The Extravagant Father
27 Jun 16
“Therefore the LORD will wait, that He may be gracious to you; and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for...
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Videos, Pictures and posts of recent BBN mission trips and other encouraging posts
20 Jun 16
Dear brothers and sisters Thanks for your encouraging messages regarding the two most recent posts....Word for the Weeks. Im so glad that they blessed you. Can I direct you to our The Body and the...
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Being 'Forerunners' of King Jesus and His coming
19 Jun 16
Dear brothers and sisters, I just HAD to send out another Word for the Week today.  I have just received an article from my dear friend Pastor Jegede Sunday E from Trinadad on 'Prepare the way...
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Howard Barnes