Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Westpoint Gathers Pace

Westpoint 2011

New Frontiers Churches in the South & West regions gathered together last weekend under the leadership of Guy Miller and his team. This is the second time that we have gathered together and man it has kicked on!

Great Teaching

This year Terry Virgo came and was brilliant by all accounts. My wife was particularly blessed. Guy Miller spoke on 'remember the poor' which was a challenging word for local Churches particularly at this time in our nation and in places like Kenya. Next year PJ Smyth will be among us. Bring it on!

Good Time Together

Of our Church around 70 people came for at least one day. I had a great time on Friday just hanging out, chatting among friends and catching up. I was particularly impressed by the caravan brigade and the birth of a new nickname for one particular Church member. It was a lot of fun.

Other Leaders

As a pastor it was good to hang out with some of the guys from other Churches. I had one or two chats with other leaders which was really good. I do feel increasingly part of a wider family as we share life over time and look forward to being together more in the future.

It's really exciting to be part of such a vibrant family of Churches. With all our faults and shortcomings I love all that we are seeking to do and am seeing much evidence of the grace of God on us! :-)

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Back for another go!

Times change

When I was single I did what I wanted to do on holiday. When I got married I started to do more what Chloe wanted to do on holidays. Chloe likes to be 'out and about' on holiday going for trips and enjoying coffee shops. I prefer to be asleep in the sun or in the gym. Now that we have kids we do what neither of us like to do!

New joy

It's funny how kids change every area of your life. Early mornings, seal sanctuaries, short beach trips, and throwing stones into rivers were all part of our break this year. It's a good day if we've been able to bless the babies and then we get joy from their enjoyment! My wife is awesome. She was able to release me to go for a run every day. We went on holiday with close friends again this year who were a massive blessing and we even had a couple of sleep ins! :-) We also took the opportunity to see both sides of our wider family.

Energy for holidays

I had a lot of fun with my family and it was special to be able to invest time day after day. Two year old's have a lot of energy so I have to remind myself that I cannot binge holiday any more. (Overwork and then sleep for two weeks.) I really want to create good memories for our family as our kids grow up.

New term

I'm now back in the office with some fresh reflections. I have read two or three books (in part) over the last couple of weeks and I think I have some greater clarity over areas of strength and weakness in my leadership from last year. I'm looking forward to another year of learning and grateful for the next couple weeks preparation time and a chance to catch up with people more thoroughly.

Westpoint (Regional New Frontiers Conference) begins tonight. Will be good to be with a couple of thousand Christians singing to and looking to hear from God as we seek to live for Him in the West! Let's get it on...