I am back from South Africa and am very HAPPY. It was a fantastic time. The South Africans were great hosts and they treated us like kings. I have lots of stories and maybe some videos for later on.
One of the highlights for me was meeting some key leaders from India and hearing about their networks of house churches and simple churches. One lady at the conference ( I cant mention names for security reasons) together with her husband, has started 14,000 house churches in the last ten years.
I shared some of the thinking and terminology behind the emerging missional church and Olgavaro shared the example of the Latin American emerging church which is doing extremely well. It has been nearly 3 years since my last visit there (in Colombia) and the various countries all seem to be growing and impacting their regions. I was invited again to the yearly gathering in Brazil – have to check my schedule on that one.
My presentation on the global emerging church had a number of technical hiccups – I really should have used my own computer, rather than the offical PC up the front with an older version of Quicktime (perhaps did not recognize the H264 compression?). And I should not have tried to transfer all my videos from Arkaos VJ over to Powerpoint. Dangitt.
But regardless, I did get to share about the thousands of emerging-missional churches around the globe and what it might take to make that number tens of thousands (from song of Saul to song of David) in the near future.
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Sounds like a great trip! Props.
Welomce home, Can’t wait to hear more.
Echoing the above 2 comments! Missed your postings! Adele
Didn’t you get the memo. PowerPoint has been banned for use by Christians!
Glad you’re back.
Hey Andrew, great hanging out with you in Joburg! How was the braai in the end? Thanks for all the tips and guidance – hope to catch you in some random country sometime…
so good to hear about India. i’d love to hear more of what you heard…
Welcome home. We’ve missed your virtual presence.
Good to have you back. My morning coffee doesn’t taste the same without some kiwi.
14,000 house churches you say? We need to talk more about this kind of stuff so that we can remember church planting isn’t unusual or out of the ordinary. It can happen monthly and even weekly. That is something I can’t quite get my brain around.
Love your blog and thanks for the cool info about your trip to Africa. Some cool stuff.
Totally random question – can you give any pointers for some good Brazilian worship music?
Thanks in advance!