Budapest. Again

Off to Budapest, Hungary for another conference with the Alliance For Saturation Church Planting. Its called “Church Multiplication Learning Community“. David Garrison is the main speaker and I am doing a breakout for emerging culture on Friday.
Dave Garrison should be great. I have heard much about him and his teaching.
albumcoverThe first time I spoke in Budapest, at Hope 21, April 2002, I delivered “The Budapest Album” which was a record with no music and no songs. Only tracks. This was a lot of fun and I got a lot of milage from it. In fact, you may even recognize some of these from other articles.
My favorites were:
Track 1. The Party in Their House
Track 2. The Tree and The River
Track 3: The Baptist Monk
Track 5: The Couch and the Pilgrim Trails

What am I teaching this time?
Well, if i had more time, and if i was as artistically motivated as i was in my 30’s (2 years ago) I would probably do a Budapest Album II: Church Planting in the Emerging Culture. But as stressed out and maxed out and aged out as I am, I can barely manage a short paper. Curse my old age!!!!
But . . . I did manage it. The paper is a supplement to what I will teach on Friday (Forward Slash) There may be some thoughts worth salvaging. You can download the file called emerging_culture_issues.doc and have a bo-peep, but please don’t publish or quote from it. And my Fundy Friends – please don’t use it as ammunition (yet). Let me know if you see some glaring errors. There is still time for me to fiddle with it. Its open source and full of bugs and i invite you to beta test it and shoot it back better and sounder.
Dang – I really shouldn’t be uploading this so early . . . but what the heck.


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • Deb says:

    Praying for a safe and effective trip. I’m struggling with the age thing too. Maybe we both need a mullet. Still waiting for the picture…

  • alexander says:

    Hey now that’s a conference I’d like to gate crash. Be really interested to hear your thoughts on Garrison and how what he has researched via IMB is applicable here in post christendom. have a great trip.

  • scotty says:

    i am 26, but feel that i wasted so much, too much, of my life and time that could have been spent with my father out and about living as i pleased. i feel at times i have done and am doing so much less than what i could or should….
    …but the time is now
    Bless your old age!!
    may you receive as much as you give on your trip and may you have a save return.

  • cloudburst says:

    neat andrew, we met someone from the ‘saturation’ crew here, and your name came up (how unusual 😉 ) .. i should email you, but we were wondering if somewhere down the road we might be able to work with them and go back to poland or something.
    any thoughts on their organization?

  • Willer says:

    Maybe this is not relevant and you are touching it. But i do think the issue of how people are viewing community and fellowship has a big impact on how we need to do church plant in europe…

  • Mark D. says:

    God bless you and the conference, and get some paprika!

  • Hi Andrew…
    Feedback: well my “glaring error detector” didn’t go off when I read your paper (like I’m some kind of *expert*!) but one question I have regarding issues in European church planting is the new multicultural context of many European cities – particularly the immigrants who’ve come from the Developing world who do not necessarily see things thru the postmodern lens. Where does this fit in? The massive (mostly Muslim) immigration patterns over the past 15 to 20 years have drastically changed the face of Europe (i.e., the French anti-headscarf law in schools, new anti-semitic violence increasing throughout the continent (and anti-Muslim violence, I may add), the mineret towers now visible in most skylines, etc.). I would think that this puts a spin on church planting missiology in trying to reach a European traditional (modern) culture, a postmodern culture and now an immigrant population who adhere to more non-European cultures and mores.

  • By the way, thank you for trusting us not to publish or quote from it. We (well at least I) in turn promise not to shoot you or burn you at the stake.

  • tom says:

    I was at the session in Budapest today and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was just disappointed that it was only an hour. I was looking for the 2-3 hour version!!!
    Thanks for coming!

  • Jerry says:

    Ya, today should have been longer, but I enjoyed talking with you afterwards. We just dropped in for your session. (And I downloaded the paper which I had asked you to email me.) Thanks for making the trip!

  • Larry Winckles says:

    I enjoyed your presentation today, I only wished your technology had worked and that the session hadn’t been cut short by a “commercial” from the conference sponsors. Is the media content that you would have presented available for download anywhere?

  • solomon says:

    Just wanted to pop in and smile…

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