Anyway, the computer will probably be one of the last thing's we pack (just before the Kettle and the Stereo!) because it's possible that I'll be off-line and without a phone for about a week. Pray for me! Pray also that the NTL engineers are given divine strength and wisdom and empowered to get the job done as soon as humanly possible (which obviously means turning up when they said they're gonna, hence the need for prayer!).
I guess you can tell that I'm not looking forward to the move. I can't wait to be there and get started, but I'm sick of packing and moving and unpacking ad infinitum.
I 've mentioned before that we're gonna be working in association with Urban Expression. I initially approached Urban Expression because, though they are primarilly based in East London, even if we weren't associated with them the work we will be doing will look very similar and be based upon the same foundations. If you've never heard of UE, here's the blurb:
"Urban Expression is an urban mission agency that recruits, equips, deploys and networks self-financing teams pioneering creative and relevant expressions of the Christian church in under-churched areas of the inner city."
Reading through their values is almost like reading my mind. Here's a few to get you started:
We believe that, in Jesus, God is revealed locally, and that we should be committed to our local community or relational network and active members of it.
We recognise that Christian faith is a journey and we are committed to helping people move forward, wherever they are at present.
We see teamwork, networking and mutual accountability as vital, recognising that individuals and churches need each other.
We recognise the importance of taking risks and the demands of mission in the inner city, and we believe that it is acceptable to fail.
We value courage, creativity and diversity as we try to discover relevant ways of being church in different contexts.
We believe that questions and theological reflection are important as we learn together and so discern the way forward.
We are careful not to drain other local churches of their often limited resources, but hope to be an encouragement and support to them.
We realise the importance of living uncluttered lives, holding possessions lightly and recognising that all we have is to be at God’s disposal.
We acknowledge our dependence on God and affirm our continual need of prayer and God’s empowering Spirit
I am also greatly encouraged by the following committments:
We are committed to being Jesus-centred in our view of the Bible, our understanding of mission and all aspects of discipleship.
We are committed to a vision of justice, peace and human flourishing for the city and all its inhabitants.
We are committed to unconditional service, holistic ministry, bold proclamation, prioritising the poor and being a voice for the voiceless.
We are committed to respecting and building relationship with other faith communities and averse to all forms of manipulation or erosion of liberty.
That's exciting stuff and I'm honoured to be a part of it. When I get back online, I'll post a brief summary of the recent associates day we attended.
See ya' soon, hopefully...