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Kevin Roberts writes
With Spring in the air and with Easter in view it seems appropriate that our focus over these coming months will be on God’s plans for our future.
We are entering the ReSource Future process with an increasing confidence that God still has work for us to do, but we want to consciously seek Him for a fresh mandate and for a greater clarity about the focus of our ministry. We also want to listen carefully to our supporters, to church leaders and to partner organisations so that we can discern what seems good “to the Holy Spirit and to us”, and move together into God’s “new thing” for ReSource, whatever that might be.
As Graham Cray points out in his helpful article in this Newsletter “discernment is a fundamentally corporate or communal activity”. We shall be in contact with supporters after Easter to offer a variety of ways in which you can contribute to the ReSource Future process.
Rowan Williams helpfully reminds us in his delightful little book ‘Being Disciples’ that while discerning the mind and will of God requires something of the ‘poised attentiveness of a birdwatcher’, it is also something into which we can relax, knowing that God wants to draw us into His plans and purposes. Discernment happens, he says, “not by effort and struggle, with furrowed brows and tensed muscles, but by allowing something to rise up, something irresistible within your awareness, that is God’s purpose coming through to make the difference that only God can make”. Our main task this year is to be still enough and attentive enough, and even relaxed enough, to “perceive” the new thing that God is doing.
I am delighted that I shall be sharing the leadership of the ReSource Future process with a small discernment group and with a new half time staff member, the Revd Dr Christopher Landau, all of whom introduce themselves on the 'ReSource Future' page. Please keep us in your prayers.
With love in Christ,