Have been reflecting on some discussions at two recent Clergy get togethers.
We had a discussion about Emerging Church, based on the ppt show for Mission-shaped Church. (I was told the powerpoint slides could be downloaded from the C of E website, but I'm blowed if I can find them). What struck me was that people thought I was being a pioneer for what I was doing here trying to make an emerging Church with the teenagers. I personally feel like a late adopter (I spend time browsing and plagiarising every other blog I can find). I felt dis-heartened to think I was the only person apparently trying something like this, but I suppose Jesus talks of the kingdom being like a seed.
I also enjoyed talking to my old Team Rector, Nicolas. He is hoping to write about his experiences of growth through suffering. I am not aware of any emerging Churches exhibiting this very Biblical pattern of Church life. (Ok I get stressed sometimes when I have to set everything up on my own, but I hardly think that's the same thing).
Where are we suffering to build new ways of being Church?