Together, we are pressing into God’s call to become a community that increasingly reflects Revelation 7:9. It is clear that this is a journey where there is a need for inward change and outward action, like two parallel train tracks, the heart journey and practical action. It’s not all about a heart journey, and it’s not all about practical action. It’s very much both-and. Like a train on a winding journey, at times we will lean more towards the heart journey while at other times there will be an emphasis on practical action. Both are hugely important. So whilst we continue on the heart journey as a church family, we are also taking practical steps in a number of key areas. We have a racially diverse steering group of church members who are helping us navigate the way forward. We have also established a number of stakeholder groups looking at strategic and practical steps in a number of key areas of church life including:
· Training and learning for existing leaders
· Leadership Development
· Newcomers Integration
· Production and Comms
· Social Action and Justice
As we continue on our twin-tracked journey, there is one action that underpins all that we are doing – prayer. So as a church family, let us be praying that God would give each of us the grace, wisdom and humility to continue on this journey, that he would bring healing and reconciliation where needed and that together we would each day become more of the community that he is calling us to be.