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Oh you made me smile big.... Next time your on this side of the pond, please drag Mark Berry with you! I love the DETOX Programme for leaving the consumer church! - because it's quite true. Anyway, lifting ya all up, all the way from Austin. xocat


Try www.weare3dm.co.uk for guys who've been at this for nearly two decades.
This is the way forward, but after hearing from them we can at least make new mistakes as we explore this way of mission rather than repeating theirs!

Shane Tucker

Jonny, thank you so much for sharing this friend! Last time we were face to face was years ago in London while grabbing a coffee with you and friend Greg Fromholz.

My family & I left the Anglican youth scene in Ireland and have been in the US (just south of Nashville) two and a half years now. We came to start a non-profit offering soul care for Creatives in the Art & Entertainment Industry and their families called 'Soul Friend' (from the Irish, 'Anam Cara') [www.ArtistSoulFriend.com]. Since, we've also begun a network of soul care professionals investing in the creative community called the Tour Alliance (Jonathan Thatcher of Delirious is a part of it now and he lives up the road)[www.TourAlliance.org].

I ended up being grafted into a small, missional Anglican community specifically called to serve the Creative community called Four Winds Mission. Much like yourself, I never desired nor planned to be to be ordained, but within a year I was (I know, I know). Thanks to the Fresh Expressions movement I was warmed to this notion, but I have held that it is an ordination to (primarily) pastor Creatives. We're now moving from a Cafe to a live events venue for touring musicians, rehearsals for local artists and community events - maybe even a School of the Arts in the future.

I was really encouraged by your comments and thoughts here on missional communities. We are one and desire to remain one in the midst of the Christian 'Mecca' of the West here in Middle Tennessee. I'd love to get you, our mutual friend Mark Berry and a few others from that side of the Water to come and speak into the Church scene here someday. Let's work on that . . .

Every blessing in your labors and loves Jonny!


just to say I've written, researched and practised quite a lot in regard to missional communities and children, teenagers and families in my book Children, Families and God: Drawing the Generations Together, based on my own experiences and a biblical and theological examination of life-on-life discipleship that misses no one age band out.

Eric Elnes

Hey Jonny, it has been a long time since I've seen you face-to-face! Very exciting developments you're reporting here. Have you seen Darkwood Brew, by chance? Darkwood Brew is an internet television that combines ancient mystical Christian practice (lectio divina) with modern interactive web technology, world-class jazz, arts, biblical scholarship, and guests who Skype in from around the world (www.darkwoodbrew.org). Darkwood Brew's main purpose is to produce online resources to help nourish off-line, missional communities like the ones you're talking about - including DVD and videos that are edited to enhance small group discussion.

Check us out at www.darkwoodbrew.org - and tell your friends! :-)

Keep up the good work.

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