Last night was just a nice chilled thoughtful conversation at Christ Church, Kenilworth in the southern suburbs of Cape Town.
About 200 people turned up which was a great turnout considering the event was just an idea last week. Thanks to Dr John Hewitson for imagining the event and making it happen.
Michael Frost provided a good healthy chunk of thoughtful and challenging teaching on allowing the reign of God into our worlds. A lot of people had already read his books "Exiles" and "The Shaping of Things to Come". He talked about his church in Sydney called SmallBoatBigSea.
Gaby Ngaboca, one of the Lausanne Younger Leaders, added some practical and personal advice, as well as sharing her exploits in Budapest.
And I was there also. I started with a reading from Luke 10 and shared some history of Lausanne and some of the recent movements of church and mission among the next generation. Good questions and response. And some great and lovely people at Christ Church. I suggested the the modern Protestant missons movement is coming full circle back to its origins in sustainable enterprise like William Carey implemented, and like Henry Venn suggested for Africa in the 1850's. More on Venn and sustainable mission on the CMS site with my article "Mission and the Fourth Sector".
Rev. Duncan McLea is the Minister in Charge at Christ Church, is challenging his church around outreach, generosity and hospitality, three themes that found their way into our talks and prayers.
Thanks everyone for coming. I believe the audio will be available in a few days. Frosty's book is called "Exiles: Living missionally in a post-Christian Culture" and you should have read it by now.