I am off tomorrow to England to discuss the details of another hat | will be wearing. An English hat. An English Anglican hat. I just sent off my acceptance to CMS for a part time position as Mission Cell Developer. This is a role i will share with someone else (to be named later) in helping to initiate a new network of simple, organic, ecclesial cells. The network will involve, hopefully, all areas of UK and many denominations and mission organisations.
I am really looking forward to doing something more local in UK. As you know, most of my work happens in countries I do not live in. A third of my time (more when my family travels with me) is spent traveling to these countries. This opportunity will give me something to sink my teeth into more local and on my own turf. Appreciate prayers. And thanks for your prayers last Tuesday at the blog party in cyberspace. Here is a screenshot of you praying for me after i announced it.
Yes . . that's me in in the bathtub, with my hat on.
CMS is a 200+ year old missions society who have, since their inception, been involved in experimental, pioneering mission work across borders. They value innovation and have recently become a major support system behind the emerging church scene in UK. In fact, when I type "emerging church" into Google, the CMS site emergingchurch.info comes in at Numero Uno. This next phase is still a risk for them and it is something new for me. I am looking forward to the challenge.
Unfortunately, there are other people who work for CMS that are complete troublemakers and will be difficult to work alongside. I'm talking about Jonny Baker, Mark Berry, Richard Sudworth, Gareth Powell, and other bother-boys of the emerging church. I will be spending a lot of time in London at the head office and that might give me some time to convert these guys.
What about Texas? The Boaz Project will continue, although I am unsure if Baptist support from BGCT will continue next year due to their restructuring. Boaz is the project that we started under the BGCT in 2000AD to provide a support structure for the global emerging church. It is an almost invisible institution - no web site, no stationary, no strong identity which is how it is able to function gloally in a post-colonial missions setting as servant rather than master, foundation laying rather than flag flying. As funding transitions from Texas, I will be looking for more partners to help support the work of Boaz in more countries.