welcome to our virtual coffee shop. Pull up a chair, take the load of
your feet. Let's chat.
who are you, where you from, what do you do in life?
Jonathan, now living in London but for the last 6 years I've been in Northampton.
I'm a Baptist minister.
I get you a drink? Cappuccino, earl grey, dandelion and burdock, pale
Dandelion and Burdock today as my wife and I have given up alcohol for
lent, otherwise the ale sounded good.
you like a doughnut or pastry to go with that?
Is it a jam doughnut? If so, then yes please.
if you had to describe the church/project/experiment/thingy you are currently
involved with in one sentence, what would that sentence be?
A group of twentysomethings from a very trad Baptist church are seeking
to answer the questions, "If we didn't have 2,000 years of church history
(although we're grateful we do) and all we had was a message about Jesus
in this contemporary society, what would we do?", and "Is there a way
of doing church that has built into its very dna that change is here to
you an instigator? / new recruit? / have absolutely no recollection of
how you got involved?
I came to London specifically to be an instigator of this.
do you value most about being part of it?
The continual stretching, questioning and exploring, and the excitement
that this generates
excites you most about it?
Well, it's a new thing. And if we can get some good answers to the questions
it could mean the start of something beautiful.
anyone ever turned up out of the blue not knowing what to expect? What
did they say?
We're still in the questioning and exploring stage right now, our hope
is to start offering some kind of expression of this thinking after the
words that describe your attitude to 'being church' in the big wide world:
Inclusion, hope, forgiveness
words that DON'T:
Discrimination, judgement, closed
have this weird dream - you meet Jesus face to face. Where does it happen,
what does he say to you?
It happens on the street, and at first I don't recognise it's him. He
tells me to dig deeper.
the big secret you're itching to share with everyone?
Umm, can't think of one
would your 'emerging church survival kit' contain?
Coffee, Johnny Cash's "The Man Comes Around", "Moulin Rouge" on DVD, A
copy of George Barna's "Revolution", a decent wireless connection, lots
of snacks, some more coffee.
else you'd like to share with us before you have to rush off?
If the people who were actually working on this stuff wrote the books,
we might all be further on!
Good to see you, have a good day!