Over the last couple of years I have been inspired many times over by the stories I am hearing of God working in new and fresh ways. More and more people are rethinking what it means to follow Jesus and be the church of Jesus in our communities. Not just in one denomination, but seemingly in all of them, as well as outside the denominations altogether. And so many of the stories are coming from unexpected, unrelated sources. Some have said the church is slowly fading into irrelevance in Australia, but if you look closely you can see life everywhere. New life. There seems to be a growing sense of freedom, fun and experimentation with how we look at church, and as a result creativity is flourishing – both outside the traditional organisations and within them. I feel blessed just to be a part of it.
Case in point: Scott Guyatt.
Scott Guyatt has one of the most interesting job titles within Uniting Church QLD: Mission Engagement Project Officer. He is working on developing a mission engagement framework for UC Qld, which is a fancy way of saying that he’s looking at new ways for people to gather as church communities, and developing ways to train new leaders. What is our society like in the 21st Century? How do people connect? What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus today? And what does it mean to be a bunch of disciples in mission in our 21st Century communities? Some of the ideas have evolved from the “fresh expressions” movement that is revolutionising church in the UK, and Scott and his friends have been reworking it for the Aussie context. But I’ll let Scott explain more. Here’s an interview Steve had with Scott towards the end of last year. Hope you enjoy it!
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