i started work at cms on sept 1 twenty years ago! i can't quite believe it. it has been wonderful to work for cms over that time. the thinking and practice around mission has shaped my life more than i can say and i have made friends and worked with so many amazing and inspiring people who have also shaped my life so much. thank you to them especially those who have worked with me on team or in collaboration in the wider environment and for putting up with me for so long! It has been an absolute blast.
i began as a national youth officer, then picked up leading on mission in the emerging culture, managed a team, started the pioneer training, became director of mission education and now lead on cms's work in britain.
i dug out this photo from september 2002 which amused me at least to see what i looked like back then. definitely a few more lines in the face and a few more grey hairs in the beard now and hopefully some more wisdom gleaned. sadly i lost that ear ring which my friend clare made for me. throughout september i am going to post twenty things to celebrate - memories, musings, things i have been involved in over that double decade. love to hear back from anyone on any of those in the comments or on social media or wherever.
my heart is full of gratitude.