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Jonathan [London, UK]

[04.07]

Hi, welcome to our virtual coffee shop. Pull up a chair, take the load of your feet. Let's chat.  

So who are you, where you from, what do you do in life?
I'm Jonathan, now living in London but for the last 6 years I've been in Northampton. I'm a Baptist minister.

Can I get you a drink? Cappuccino, earl grey, dandelion and burdock, pale ale...?
Dandelion and Burdock today as my wife and I have given up alcohol for lent, otherwise the ale sounded good.

Would you like a doughnut or pastry to go with that?
Is it a jam doughnut? If so, then yes please.

So, if you had to describe the church/project/experiment/thingy you are currently involved with in one sentence, what would that sentence be?
A group of twentysomethings from a very trad Baptist church are seeking to answer the questions, "If we didn't have 2,000 years of church history (although we're grateful we do) and all we had was a message about Jesus in this contemporary society, what would we do?", and "Is there a way of doing church that has built into its very dna that change is here to stay?"

Are you an instigator? / new recruit? / have absolutely no recollection of how you got involved?
I came to London specifically to be an instigator of this.

What do you value most about being part of it?
The continual stretching, questioning and exploring, and the excitement that this generates

What excites you most about it?
Well, it's a new thing. And if we can get some good answers to the questions it could mean the start of something beautiful.

Has anyone ever turned up out of the blue not knowing what to expect? What did they say?
We're still in the questioning and exploring stage right now, our hope is to start offering some kind of expression of this thinking after the summer.

Three words that describe your attitude to 'being church' in the big wide world:
Inclusion, hope, forgiveness

Three words that DON'T:
Discrimination, judgement, closed

You have this weird dream - you meet Jesus face to face. Where does it happen, what does he say to you?
It happens on the street, and at first I don't recognise it's him. He tells me to dig deeper.

What's the big secret you're itching to share with everyone?
Umm, can't think of one

What would your 'emerging church survival kit' contain?
Coffee, Johnny Cash's "The Man Comes Around", "Moulin Rouge" on DVD, A copy of George Barna's "Revolution", a decent wireless connection, lots of snacks, some more coffee.

Anything else you'd like to share with us before you have to rush off?
If the people who were actually working on this stuff wrote the books, we might all be further on!

Thanks! Good to see you, have a good day!

 


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