Sunday, 13 June 2010

Stuck in the box?

On Saturday we held our annual Central Baptist Association Assembly. It was the normal mix of worship, news, interviews, welcome and in memorium, AGM, address and, after lunch, workshops. A good number turned up, and I've only heard good things, so far! From my perspective, it was an excellent day, with a number of high points.

The workshops were well attended, even after lunch, and the one that I hosted, 'Love Your Local School', was led by a new minister to the association, David Skinner from Houghton Regis. In Reading he was deeply involved in a number of creative projects, one among asylum seekers, and another, in schools. REinspired was the result. Picking up on the Baptist Union mission emphasis upon Crossing Places, he stressed that the school is a unique crossing place as a centre and focus of the community. Many of the people attending showed that they were already in engaged, but he explored a number of very creative ways of furthering this engagement.

The other high point was the address by David Kerrigan from BMS World Mission. The theme for the day was, 'Stuck in the box?' and he brought an imaginative and challenging reflection on the subject. David is a class act and he was on great form. He showed this TED video clip, 'How to start a movement'. It's three minutes long - go see!

Over lunch I talked with David about blogging. His blog, thinking mission, can be found here, it's well worth a look. My last blog was 3 April, so it's been a significant gap. We had a great conversation about the blogging community, and how surprisingly meaningful it can be, and about levels of energy and what causes them to rise and fall. I've thought about a post on a number of occasions, but it's felt hard to get back into it. I'll be interested to see what happens in the coming weeks. There have been loads of things that I could have blogged on, and it may be that I revisit some of these.


Catriona said...

Welcome back! You've been missed.
I have a suspicion blogging is one of those seasonal things... works for a while and can then become either a chore or an irrelevance... I think so long as you own it rather than it controlloing you, it's worthwhile.

I will watch with interest to see how it pans out for you.

Geoff Colmer said...

Thanks for the encouragement. What was difficult was finding the initial energy to start again. Probably I'll blog prolifically for a short time and then settle into something more moderate!

Your blog continues to interest and inspire.

EasyRew said...

The CBA Assembly was my first, and I had little idea of what to expect. I'd been told by several people not to expect too much. But I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. There seemed to be a good mix of time for fellowship & networking, with the formal business, worshipping together and greeting newcomers, and the excellent seminars. I'll be encouraging others from our Church to attend next year. Well done to the team who planned, prepared and pulled it all together.

On the subject of blogging, I think I beat your break. I've recently published a series on Including Children & Young People in Worship. Prior to that, with the exception of some micro-blogging during my wife's pregnancy, and some automated posts, my last posts were in November, October & June 2009. I hope to use blogging as an aid to my reflection in my ministry and ministerial studies.

Keep up the good work...

Geoff Colmer said...

Glad that it was a good experience Ricky. At least for the moment I feel some fresh vigour. Over the past few months there have been things I wanted to blog about, but it seemed a big deal starting again.

jim Gordon said...

Came upon this late Geoff. Glad you are back on the blogging circuit - Catriona's right, own it and control it. Wondered where you had disappeared to though - need some culture out there in blogland and you provide some interesting chunks of it.