It's summer in Australia. I've been back for six weeks head down working on my next book. The first major draft is 99% done. We've put the English to the sword in the Ashes cricket series. Now I'm ready for two weeks camping by the beach somewhere with Michelle.
Back early February with a tan, then off to India.
Just back from five days of training in Berlin. We had over sixty people attend. Twelve were Muslim background believers.
What happens when you offer prayer to 212 Berliners?
- 122 say, Yes.
- 54 want to hear the gospel
- 19 want to meet up again
- 5 are ready to turn and believe
- 1 is ready for immediate baptism
Ok, it's hard to get to multiplication — although Marcus Rose has shown it's possible. One thing is certain, thousands of Berliners are waiting to hear the gospel and learn more.
Then again, maybe we need more time to reshape the message for the postmodern context before we do anything . . . Let's not be hasty.
Three years ago we left Australia with a call to pioneer movements of disciples and churches across Britain. We got involved in the harvest, first in east London and then in Leicester. We mobilized and trained nationally and began to identify practitioners who could do the same.
We met Russell Godward soon after we arrived in the UK. For twenty years he’d been a pastor in Essex. In recent times he had led the church through a restructure around missional communities. He was frustrated that the process had not resulted in reaching and multiplying new disciples.
At that time Russell and his wife Jan were in the midst of grieving the loss of their son James.
Russell was uncertain regarding his ministry future but convinced he wanted to give his life to multiplying disciples and churches.
Early in 2015 Russell completed our training at an event in Manchester and began implementing in his local community.
Michelle and I came down and trained members of his church and other churches in the area.
Russell formed a team to reach out locally and he began to train with us.
In November 2015 Russell joined me on a trip to Kenya where we trained fifty young leaders over four days. I discovered Russell was a natural at connecting with students, training and mentoring. He led the way in taking students into the local village to connect with people far from God, share the gospel and then open up a discovery group in their local community.
Halfway through the week I shared my thoughts with Russell and challenged him to pray about moving from being a frustrated local pastor to be a movement pioneer for Britain.
In March 2016 Russell finished up as a pastor and began raising support to join MOVE.
Earlier this year Russell became our lead trainer for Britain. Michelle and I have played a supportive role since. In November, we’ll hand over the leadership of MOVE UK to Russell.
What’s next for us?
Until recently we thought we’d keep living in the UK and focus on opportunities in Europe. We still have Europe on our hearts. But as we have prayed and discussed the future with our Board, we have come to the conviction that it’s time to return to Australia.
Yes, we'll be home by December!
How to catch the flu in the summer? Have visitors from the Australian winter arrive. Back in action after two weeks of the worst suffering in human history.
I fly out today for Houston for some meetings and then the NoPlaceLeft Global Summit (July 28-29). Get there if you can. Then back to run workshops at the NewWine Summer Conference with John McGinley and Russell Godward.
Finally, for two weeks I'm at Trinity College Bristol working on my next book — the Movement LifeCycle. Off to Slovenia to train some Wesleyan missionaries to Europe. Then some time off with Michelle.
I'll set a few podcasts and videos to drop. Otherwise things might be quiet for a while.