Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Provincial Lad Going Up To Town

It never rains but it pours. You wait ages for a bus, and then three come along at once. And we have four or five social invitations for 15th July…none of which we can attend because we’ll be in London. I’ll be at the blah…emerging churches tour (Ryan Bolger and Karen Ward); and Jo will be taking the kids to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, and possibly on the London Eye.

Ryan Bolger’s co-author on Emerging Churches, Eddie Gibbs, is a Visitor* of The Order of Mission. I was chatting to Eddie about their book the other weekend, and flying the idea of a comparable volume looking at non-English-language continental European emerging churches. He thought he might know just the person to coordinate such a project…I’m not saying who – though I will say they are the quintessential continental European – but I hope they might be interested, or at least open to persuasion! Whoever ends up being involved, the outcome will be well worth the wait. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to meeting up with whoever will be at blah…London on the 15th – and just a little jealous that I shall miss out on the Eye.

*Visitor is a technical term within the tradition of monastic Orders. Visitors are not members of the given Order they relate to, but, as senior leaders within denominational and/or training institutions, hold that Order to account on behalf of – and therefore vouch for the Order to – the wider Church. Visitors for The Order of Mission are drawn from the various denominational backgrounds the Order arises from and relates to; which at present is predominantly (though by no means exclusively) Anglican, Baptist, and Lutheran.


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