DAWN meeting in Bergen

Here are my thoughts:
Well, the main conference is over now and the DAWN Europe team and friends (9 of us right now) are sitting around a conference table in a Bergen hotel.
Anyway, what we saw happen at the conference was this:
After the prayer team had spent a few days in prayer (i make it seem easy by saying it that way), they shared what God was telling the Norwegian church. Other people had some bible verses for the Norwegians. One guy flew all the way from England to deliver his message. I was glad to hear all these words line up with what I had said earlier in the day and the other speakers.
At the end of all this, many of the older pastors and leaders came up the front. Many of them in tears. After weeping and repenting and getting right before God, they prayed over the younger people that God was raising up. There were about 200 in the room. Very powerful. Very cool. We all felt good about it. DAWN has a strong team in Norway which is equipped to lead these movements.
But now we are in a room, discussing the various countries in Europe, talking strategic stuff, figuring out how the change the world, starting with Europe. I like this stuff. We dont take ourselves too seriously, but we really do expect to see things change.


I am sitting next to blogger Marc Van Der Woude (pictured) who blogs at Marcs Messages and Reinhold Scharnowski who heads up DAWN Europe (Discipling a Whole Nation) is an organisation and a strategy that is often [wrongly and unfairly] linked with the UBERMODERN, number-crunching, statistic-quoting, powerpoint-presenting, missionary-turned-mathematician type organizations. it is true that it was born in the 1980s, when these things were popular, but for me, DAWN is a group that holds strongly to a number of key postmodern values, and i really love working with them on projects like this.
Here are the values that appeal to me:
1. Relational Committment.
DAWN seeks out the key people that God raises up for a nation – the “John Knoxers” who cry out “Give me Scotland/China/______ or I die”. They commit to people.
2. Demystification of church.
DAWN challenges people to start churches, using simple structures that can be reproduced many times over by ordinary people. I use the word demystify instead of deconstruct.
3. Focus on organic church movements. The only way to see millions of churches start very quickly, and with limited resources, is to encourage organic church movements that will not be hindered by buildings, budgets, lengthy seminary preperation, etc.
Oooh – break time – time for a coffee. let me stop this blog and minister to the coffee urn.

Andrew

Andrew Jones has been blogging since 1997. He is based in San Francisco with his two daughters but also travels the globe to find compelling stories of early stage entrepreneurs changing their world. Sometimes he talks in the third person. Sometimes he even talks to himself and has been heard uttering the name “Precious” :-)

2 Comments

  • hey andrew, thanx for the great report. good to hear what’s going on over there, and especially that God is touching older gens to validate and bless younger gens. we may have churches without that, but i don’t think we’ll have kingdom culture without that.
    technical question: assuming the brown cheese was goat cheese … ummm … was it light brown goat cheese, or dark brown? both are equally valid and good in their own goaty kind of way, but i did think the more robust dark was gret for its zest, while the lighter brown for its creaminess. how nice it would have been to be there and demystify (a helpful term) … naw … deconstruct the metaphysics of norwegian native cheeses. p.s. the inventor of the cheese planer lived in Hamar, or a town close thereto. just in case yuh’all needed tuh know!
    [andrew] light, brad, light! and may i say that it reminded me of the brown fudge i ate in orkney.
    yummmmy!

  • Hi Andrew!
    I were at the DAWN conference myself. and i was one of the 200 young ppl who got up to be prayed for. a very blessing time, by the way.
    I was on your meeting on the conference and i wanted to write an poem, but i thought you only where kidding or somthing when you said we could do it. i guess i was a little suprised by it all. you have somthing new to give. you have a “new” way to preach (realy i dont wanna say new, it sounds like that preaching is like fashion). but i think its a blessing in it.
    i worked on the dawn conference. me and my bibel school. its was a blessing week, with teaching and work. and when i stood outside in the cold, telling ppl where to park and so on, i the best time praying. i remember one night, standing outside alone, i prayed for god changing my heart. and not longer after, when i came in, vincet told everyone who wanted to be prayed for to step forward, i had an meeting with god in a way so strong. i dont know if i ever have meet him so strong before. what i god we have.
    el shaddai.Jehova Nissi. Jehova Rapha.
    be blessed andrew. you and your work.
    i just pop’t in.. =)
    [ANDREW] HI MORTEN
    I CHECKED OUT YOUR WEBSITE AND IT ROCKS!!! SORRY WE MISSED EACH OTHER. PLEASE KEEP IN TOUCH.

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