Those who know me or have engaged online/theologically will know that the Vineyard movement, of which I am a part, has been a place where I have learnt a great deal. This year, 2016, was the first time I didn’t get along to the National Leader Conference, usually held in Nottingham at the Trent Vineyard, and that prompted me to reflect on some of what God’s taught me through those times in the past.
I’ve dug into the notes I took from some of the key sessions – and will blog some brief reflections on talks from Debby Wright (with her husband John, current National Directors of Vineyard Churches UK and Ireland), John and Eleanor Mumford (former National Directors of VCUKI, presently the Co-Ordinators of the Vineyard International Executive), Rich Nathan (Senior Pastor of Vineyard Columbus, and one of my favourite authors), Jason Clark (Senior Pastor of the Sutton Vineyard, London Area Leader and one of my favourite Vineyard theologians), Mike Pilavachi (founder and Senior Pastor of Soul Survivor, and one of my favourite Christian leaders).
This might seem an odd choice to readers of this blog, but I’m keen to remind myself of things I’ve known and learnt, and also provide some original theological reflection in amongst a stream of book reviews and more ‘reactive’ pieces, should the normal blogging wind fill my sails. By having to think about things from past parts of my journey, hopefully I’ll be challenged once again to focus on Jesus.
This series might be something that puts you all off the blog – that is absolutely fine. It will only last for about six posts, anyway.