UPDATE: Organizer Tim Westcott has changed the venue. We will now meet at the Horse Brass at 6:30, Wednesday, Dec 8th. What really funny is that I used to go to the Horse Brass almost every lunchtime when I was a student at Western Seminary in the 80's. I even used to pray that God would somehow use this pub for His purposes. Interesting . . and Tim wouldn't have known that. Anyway. . .
This Wednesday evening is an informal chat with me at Horse Brass Pub. What I want to talk about is this:
Portland, Oregon was at the creative center for much of the emerging church movements over the past 2 decades. In fact, many of those experiments in the late 80's (coffee shop church, skate church, Mission Portland, house church, etc) became the template for new forms of church and ministry all over the country and overseas. And many of its leaders migrated to start flagship ministries far beyond Oregon.
But its not 1989 any more. The world is different. The needs have changed. The focus has shifted. There are new priorities that should give direction to our efforts, in particular those we discussed at the recent Lausanne World Congress in Cape Town.
So what will it take NOW for the city of Portland to be a player and leader in the next season of what God is doing now? That's my question. Come along and lets chat about it. Well, at least hear me waffle on about it and then, put your beer down, and ask some really penetrating questions and lets see what happens.
Wednesday, Dec 8th at 6pm. Horse Brass Inn. 4534 SE Belmont St, Portland OR 97215
Previously: Reflections on Western Seminary (2005)