The last two weeks have been another whirlwind! I arrived back form an amazing trip to Lagos in Nigeria where we had the most amazing opportunities to meet beautiful people doing truly wonderful work in the Church and the broader community! While there I had the change to speak at a number of events and meet with some wonderful Church leaders and Christians in business. There is a strong commitment to the societal transformation and there was great support for the Alpha Course - a most amazing tool for evangelism. We also had great support for 'EXPOSED - Shining a light on corruption' and the work of 'Unashamedly Ethical'.
This morning I flew to Johannesburg to speak at the FastForward leadership conference at the wonderful Gracepoint Church! This is a most remarkable Christian community that holds personal holiness and social holiness in equal esteem. Indeed, one can only honour God when one is right with God and in right standing with God's will in the world. Gary and Jacqui Rivas are doing amazing work here. I am thankful for them, their ministry and our friendship. Truly amazing people in an amazing community of faith.
I promised to upload my slides from my talk at the conference today - however, my internet access is a little sketchy, so please do check back in a day or so when I get home I will upload my slides and the videos that I used at the conference. If you are interested in an earlier post I did on the subject of the Church and its growth and change please follow this link for some thoughts and ideas that I had back in 2009.
Tomorrow I will be speaking on justice and partnership at their morning services in a message entitled 'A partnership between the pavement and the pew'. This morning I was inspired by this beautiful quote in my morning devotions. Perhaps it will challenge, inspire and encourage you on your journey of loving service?
People may come to our communities because they want to serve the poor; they will only stay once they have discovered that they themselves are the poor.
Jean Vanier (founder of the L'Arche communities)