Oh the irony of the last post and the dates between the two! I have been shamed into blogging again by my pals from Matrix. My problem is still that in my head, I blog, and get a lot out of it - i just never actually get around to posting them!!
Right, enough about me.
MATRIX. Fantastic. Really thought provoking, and I got a lot out of it.
Things it's left me thinking about:
Developing the West end team(s). James Lawrence's keynote talk about the youth worker as leader was universally acknowleged to be the buisness. Very challenging, but also very equipping and very encouraging. His book 'growing leaders,' is likely to join the pile of books sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. It tied in well for me with the session on training volunteers, as I'm currently looking at what we can do with our fab volunteers to invest in them.
Anne Holt's 'Youth worker as Theologian was GOOD - but I now can't make sense of my notes as I've got a series of half written quotes!! I've checked the amaze website, but i've not found any posting of presentations yet as was promised. Still, it has only been 2 days!!
The session about emerging Church was REALLY good. It was mostly based on the fellas reflection on his own experiences, and a few sage words for those of us who are looking at the subject. I went not cos it's a latest bandwagon - but because there will be young people here who aren't shaped like the churches are, (pointy steeple heads?) and if they are going to be Christian they need to have some expression of Christ centred community where they can grow, and be accountable. So who is responsible for that? Is it a church plant? If so is it a youth Church, and how do i deal with the theological recoil that happens in my gut at that phrase? So I still have lot of questions, if anything more that before the session BUT I'm also clearer on other things - the gordian knot has unravelled a teeny weeny bit.
Other highlights were all the people there. It was great to have stimulating conversation, open exchange of ideas and a really good giggle. Oxford Dioscese posse
, I salute you. Phil,
you are Holy. Alice
- you seem less little and shy - more like you have grown in confidence. Lev
- I hope the withdrawal from5 alive doesn't give you the shakes!
Overall, it was better than the 'Deep impact,' conference that i went to - myabe because it was smaller, maybe because it was more focussed around equipping full timers to equip their leaders. My final thought it that i need to focus more on God. I think I've fallen into the trap of making the work the focus - but it needs to be a response to God's grace, not something that works out because of God's grace!