You may, or may not, be aware that I am now a relay worker. This is very exciting for me as I have known I was going to be doing this for months but now it is finally here I can’t wait to get cracking. The last two weeks were spent on conferences, Relay 1 (the first of three conferences for relay workers) and Forum (for the leaders of Christian Unions across the UK). […]
Relay 1 – So this was a lovely conference. A small group of around 70/80 people, held indoors. It had a warm community feel to it, which was helped by the abundant supply of tea and cakes. What was great was the emphasis on grace during the week. I didn’t really know what a relay worker was until day four. We looked at enjoying the cross, how we must look to grace, how we need to stay rooted in Christ to grow and how great the gospel is. It was brilliant. What a joy to know that this next year is about God and his grace rather than me and my works.
Forum – As Relay 1 finished Forum began. The hordes of students arrived and at first it was daunting. The sleepy conference centre had been comfortable up to this point. But it didn’t take long before the conference kicked off, and despite the mud and the rain, Forum was epic. Preaching from Tim Rudge, Terry Virgo, Kris Khandiah and Richard Cunningham was wonderfully encouraging. How great is it to know that we are new creations because of Christ!
But what I found really helpful was this phrase. “Be prepared to go, but be willing to stay.” This is in regards to world mission. It is a response to how we normally act about world mission which is, “Willing to go, but preparing to stay.” This was tremendously helpful for me and I may adopt it as my own.
What has got me thinking since getting back from Forum is how can I encourage students to ‘Speak for Jesus, and live for Jesus.’ We cannot motivate ourselves we must look to Christ. Easier said than done sometimes, but it’s something that I must pray about and think about.
Now I look forward to studying God, knowing him more, deepening our relationship and walking in grace daily. This is the core of relay. A discipleship course in a student context. Applying what I learn about God to my life, working alongside students. Brilliant.