For most of my adult life I have either been a pastor or a publisher with my big claim to fame being that I was responsible for the British edition of the Youth Bible back in the 90s. Long before that, with an eighteen month old son, Wendy and I started a theatre group that, within a year, turned into a church. We were the oldest members until my parents came to join us. Today we have four children and eight grandchildren.
I'm now senior leader of Dayspring, another church with which we have been involved in nurturing since its very early stages. I focus on Dayspring's big ideas and look after the teaching programme so as to help everybody develop an all round spirituality with God’s mission at its heart. One of the things I particularly enjoy is leading a small group of slightly more mature people that has recently formed.
Over the last few years I have been thinking and writing about how we can pass on to the rising generation a church which is not tied to eighties culture and is thoroughly charismatic without being afraid to challenge hype and unreality. This has led to completing my MA in Emerging Church at Cliff College and I'm now (hopefully) just finishing doctoral work on how people with little church background are coming to faith in the 21st century.
Life here and now—in Wiltshire, with Dayspring—is where I want to be so it’s hard to imagine an alternative. I suppose it would involve living somewhere warm, learning to scuba dive and to sail safely and having the grandkids all living
around the corner with their parents ready to collect them when they have done rioting in our house. Some of that is unlikely to happen. For now I would like to help Dayspring get to a point where a new leadership team is in place that doesn't edit older people out of the picture but makes it possible to 'proclaim the gospel afresh in each generation'.
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