Yesterday was spent meeting some new people
They came to a training event I ran,
As one said not sure what this is, or what we are going to look at but im told it will be helpful!
Well im the leader and Im not sure whats going to happen!
The group of people had in fact gathered to look at pioneering fresh expressions of church in their neighbourhoods and communities.
A diverse, mixed group of people who were both inquisitive and passionate about their faith and about mission in today's world.
Theres something very special that happens when you meet a group of disciples who you have not met before and you engage in conversation with them.
It was, i believe a really encouraging day.
Whenever I lead such events theres nearly always one thing, or word, comment or statement that i read, hear or say that stays with me on the journey home or to wherever Im going next.
Yesterday was no different,
Strangely Ive read this so many times
It really 'landed in my head and heart'.
“Pioneering ministry cannot be done to a community by someone who knows what they need, it can only be done with a community by someone who shares their need. Angela Shier Jones
So often we think we do mission when in fact we join in with mission
We join in with the God of mission
We join with those already present within our community.
Mission is not something we do to.
Its something we do with
Its vital we listen to the Spirit, to the community to other people
Its vital we respond to the real needs, desires and aspirations of a community, not the assumed needs
Its vital we listen to those who have gone before us and are already at work, on the ground.
Its vital, we do not work in isolation, but with others.
A journey is far richer, and meaningful when you don’t journey alone but with someone.
I have at the bottom of my email the following statement (pictures left) which has been with me more and more in recent years, it is for me a really helpful one that helps me realise my goals, visions and dreams.
Who are you intending to ‘be with’.
Maybe just maybe you need to walk a step at a time with them.