I am heading up to Sheffield today for the Mission 21 conference. There should be a good gathering of 500- 700 mission leaders and strategists. We will be licking our wounds after the hyper-numerical goal setting of the 90’s which left UK churches feeling like lamers, and discussing the future of church planting partnerships, transformation dreams, discussing STRATEGY [my wife wonders why we all keep meeting to discuss strategy – something that i often wonder in regards to American Rules Football – somebody please just grab the bloody ball and run with it!!!] and whatever else needs to be discussed.
And of course, in true British fashion, there will be plenty of PUBlic strategic discussions over liquid libations at key locations around Sheffield, all designed exclusively for memorable conversations of historical posterity to be orated audibly with a large glass pitcher containing a strategic quantity of amber refreshment to lubricate strategic dialog with stragetically softened reception and agreement. And you can count on me to keep the Brits in check and moderation.
This event really is important for UK. Pray for a profitable time. I am not speaking at this conference so you will not have to pray as fervently as you usually do. But do pray anyway for:
unity, clarity, vision, generosity, repentance, love, joy, hope.