On Tuesday I was blessed to be invited to travel to Birmingham and to hang out in a sweaty little room with a bunch of guys I’d never met before. Essentially this motley crew was a bunch of men and women who are involved in church planting and gospel outreach in communities across the UK that are marginalised and crying out for Jesus.
While it was great to talk about something I’m so passionate about with like-minded brothers and sister (with coffee and muffins on tap), there was a reason for us all being there. One of the guys in attendance was none other than Tim Chester – a prolific author and leader of the Crowded House in Sheffield. Apparently Tim and a hand-full of other guys had rightly identified that when it comes to books about how to effectively reach broken communities, such as the ones we all represented, there is literally very little that is either sound or relevant on the shelves of Christian bookshops right now. The day was therefore all about putting our heads together in order to collate material for a book that Tim was overseeing.
What a privilege to be involved!
The next session is pencilled in for January – buzzin!
I’m not completely sure how this work group had come together, but I think it had a lot to do with an annual conference that Steve Casey (pastor of a church in Speke, Liverpool) organises called Reaching the Unreached. I haven’t been able to attend any of these conferences yet, though from what I gather it would seem that this conference is growing in stature and influence and as such promises to be a timely and strategic event. Suffice to say next year’s date is already in the diary.
You can find out more about Reaching the Unreached by visiting their blog (that I now contribute to).
I pray that God will bless all those connected to this network and that the unreached will be both reached and redeemed by His grace and for His glory!