On our recent anniversary trip, Lynne and I were privileged to not only visit the Kiev church, but also the Birmingham, England church led by Andy and Tammy Fleming. We spent four days with them, including a two-day retreat with all the leaders (most of them lay leaders) of the United Kingdom churches (and those of Scotland and Ireland as well!). Here’s a clip of the retreat (some of you will recognize Malcolm and Penny Cox, Mike deSouza, and the Flemings), with a little “shout out” to Seattle:
The leaders of those churches have struggled and overcome in their quest for a more mature kind of unity between the churches (not unlike what we’ve forged here in the Northwest family of churches). It was a GREAT honor to add our experiences to theirs on how to build respectful yet humble unity, and how to build the local works with “costly stones.”
Lynne and I both feel that in the days to come, we will be building more ties with these churches–stay tuned!