Conference on the horizon

I’m doing some travelling over the next few weeks. It’s been busy trying to get organised to go away. This week I head up to Abundant Life Church in Rockhampton with the Delamoirs and their crew. Looking forward to meeting them all!

Oh and we are in the process of ordering a bundle of resources to be available at the Victorian Vineyard Conference in October (5-7th) and then also in Brisbane the following week. John and Ele Mumford (National Directors of Vineyard Churches, UK) will be speaking at these conferences.

So if you live in those states, don’t forget to put those dates aside. Or if you live interstate, come and visit! (YVV is offering some places for billeting if that persuades you as an interstate visitor. Just call the office to enquire.)

In His Presence CD

Vineyard Anaheim have a new CD out and it’s on Worshipmusic.com. You can hear the full album for a short period of time on the worshipmusic.com radio. You’ll hear a mix of 11 new songs.

I Heard it Thru the Grapevine

I preached at YVV recently. It’s not specifically on worship, but if you are interested, it’s on our YVV’s webpage (under sermons).

AVCA website and music library

The AVCA website has been down for the last couple of days. Peter is aware of it and hopes it should be up by the end of today.

Thanks for all those who have let us know.

New: Vineyard Aotearoa NZ Worship Community Site

Dave Kane has introduced a new site attached to Vineyard Music, in New Zealand. It’s up and running and I’m sure it’s worth checking out on a regular basis to see what’s happening.

He talks about a DYI project he’s just run which is a great concept to get their songs into a wider sphere. I’m not sure of how the whole process has worked for them, but it’s something I look forward to finding out.

Don’t go past his podcast….for those of us who know and love Dave, it’s very Dave!

Learning and Growth

It’s been relatively quiet here as I’ve been away doing a course all of last week. It was centred on learning which celebrates diversity. The course was called 4MAT and gives a framework for learning and growth which encourages all learning styles and not simply the traditional linear way to learn. I really enjoyed it.

Here’s some random, unconnected thoughts (so far):

“Every person born into this world represents something new, something that never existed before. It is the duty of every person…to know that there has never been anyone like her/him in the world, for if there had been there would be no need to be. Every single person is a new thing in the world” (Martin Buber)

  • We all have preferred comfort zones of learning and yet need to have courage to learn in ways that are beyond our current comfort zones, as we miss out hugely if we are restricted to only one style. This relates so much to our discipleship as well. Are we incorporating such risk, courage and wholeness in our discipling/apprenticing? 
  • Learning is about doing.
  • “We all try to create worlds in which is comfortable for us to live in. If I don’t hear what you are saying in the language I grew up with, I don’t hear anything.” (A quote during one of our lectures.) How many of us have experienced that slow deterioration as you simply aren’t fitting into the world around you, and the language you are using seems to be foreign for those around you? Or perhaps we have seen it in others around us as they become passive or disconnected or loss of inspiration.
  • “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured and far away.”  (Thoreau)
  • Did you know that women have a larger corpus callosum (in their brain) so they can more easily multi-task than men? It’s true!
  • Jesus continually made connections to the world around Him.
  • Who doesn’t have a voice (in our own communities of faith or beyond) and why is that? By that, I mean, who is not given the chance to be themselves? Who have not been able to speak in their own voices around us because they are still ‘in a box’? If we don’t speak up, we deny who we are. It causes us to stop knowing ourselves and God, and others.

Jesse Mitchell’s music

Scott at Ranges has posted a link regarding Jesse’s new CD, now available on the net. Check it out!

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