had a day in birmingham today with about 30 kind people who showed up to help us reflect on the emergingchurch.info site and how it's working or not and to dream ideas for how it should develop. it's going to take a while to process all the thoughts. but it was a good day.
there were a couple of highlights of the day for me. one was hearing local stories of what people are up to in birmingham - B1, a city centre networked church that has been going about 4 and a half years; sanctuary which has an east meets west fusion; and mission stuff in sparkbrook which richard is involved with. all the people presenting the stories had such integrity - i found it a very hopeful moment. it also raised some really interesting challenges and questions about what mission and worship can be like in contexts where there are people of other cultures and faiths.
the other highlight was showing people a new interactive piece for the site but i can't tell you any more about it until june 1 when it will be launched on the site... it seemed to go down well.