Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Pioneers
Fantastic sessions today from Stuart Murray on "Cultivating a pioneer spirit". Quite a random title, but some good stuff.
One of the things that struck me was his thoughts that emerging church shouldn't ditch the language of church planting. While some of the concepts may seem from a previous era, there is much than can be learned from church planting attempts of the last 20 years or so.
He was also helpful in outlining ways those who are pioneering emerging communities (if that's not a contradiction) can sustain themselves and remain pioneers. He helpfully drew some thoughts about Apostles and Prophets, and how they have a role to play.
Top stuff (and if I had my notes to hand it would make more sense!). Key questions were around releasing pioneers, and the need for"both and" - bold new stuff, yet some called to renew the established.

Yesterday we had another good session, from the principle, Martyn Atkins surveying leadership over church history. This included good stuff on monks and catachesis which Paul covers better than I could here.

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