Been doing a lot of reading in the dark evenings the last couple of weeks. Revivals are fascinating. I always thought of them as a revival of interest in Christianity, new people coming to faith. Seems from my reading that it was often more about putting the fire back into Christians and reviving them. More thoughts to come.
Also been thinking about worship a lot since reading a definition that said “Worship is bowing down to lift up”. As someone who doesn’t really connect with sung worship this is significant. More thoughts on this later too.
Trying very hard to focus on the idea of identity. We have to know who we are so we can decide what we can/should do. Definitely more to come on this.
Service is a big thing in many churches. The biggest in some. How do you step beyond serving into sharing faith. That’s an important move that would help most churches. Something I’m thinking a lot about.
Also considering the difference between mission and evangelism. They are not the same thing but often get conflated. I am building my own definitions based on what I see rather than what the dictionary says.
Also I’ve been doing a little reading on guerrilla gardening and how that can be applied to the church. Meon Angels is one excellent working example of Guerrilla gardening techniques being applied to sharing faith.
Finally I’ve been thinking about retreating to advance. There is a need to step away to clear your mind so you can see clearly how you can advance. You have to be able to see the road clearly to be able to complete your journey.
Really finally I’ve been thinking about pilgrimages. The British Pilgrimage Trust has a website that provides guides to a number of pilgrim routes in the UK including one called the Old Way which runs from Southampton to Canterbury Cathedral and Thomas Beckett’s shine. Walking a pilgrim trail seems like a wonderfully contemplative way to connect with God.
As I say. Lot’s going on in my head right now. Looking forward to seeing how it all comes out.