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Oxted Digerati 2.0

With the Tech City Map and Silicon Roundabout grabbing all the headlines, it’s about time I gave an update to what’s happen with all things digital in my home town of Oxted, as a follow up to last year’s Oxted Digerati post.

More and more local people in Oxted are becoming active in entrepreneurial initiatives and digital story sharing.

From the classic “do one thing and do it well” school comes Giraffe in a Scarf, to continent-crossing tech firms like Natterbox, and local bloggers Diana Stavely and Allister Frost the Oxted Digerati are more active than ever.

Near neighbours in Limpsfield Village Shopping have grasped the nettle in using Social Media to promote their small but perfectly formed high st, and established favourites like Footprint going from strength to strength, while Big Yellow Bag is gearing up nicely.

So, what’s happening where you are?  What are you doing to contribute to your local digital community, and how serious are you being about taking the online…offline?

Feel free to let me know if you’re part of the Oxted Digerati, and I’ll give you a shout out too!

More on Oxted on

HT to PhillyClarke for the vid

Playing the numbers game?

HT to my buddy Mike at Out on a Limb for highlighting this little vid from Mike Frost, talking it about how…or how measure the impact or success of Church.

I love this. We folks who are involved in any way in Church leadership often succumb to the temptation to try and measure success in terms of numbers…how many people, how many services, how many buildings?

Mike kicks that idea right into touch, and I’m grateful for that.

It’s worth the listen.

For more on Frosty, check out the “Following the Missio Dei” page on johnnylaird

Following the Missio Dei


What does that word mean to you?

For some it’s a snappy buzzword. For others a tired and overused mantra.

There are two guys whose work has been hugely influential in helping me to form and figure out my view that following the Way of Jesus means being a sent people, not just like minded Christians hanging out in a Holy Huddle, but rather people who are out there in our communities with our sleeves rolled up!

Renowned missiologists  Alan Hirsch and Mike Frost keep cropping up on my blog because – for me – they have most effectively articulated, and most importantly lived out this idea that we should follow the Missio Dei…the Mission of God

There’s a phrase that I picked up from Mike Frost that has real resonance for me and my family at the moment.

We are“Following the Missio Dei into Strange Places”

HT to Mike for the image

Stuff on Alan Hirsch at johnnylaird

Stuff on Mike Frost at johnnylaird

Check out the individual posts for some more thoughts…

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Forge America

I was stoked to discover today that Forge are kicking off in the US.

Originally an initiative out of Australia, driven in large part by the work of Alan Hirsch and Mike Frost, who get so many mentions on my blog I’m fearful they might think I’m stalking them.

I’m not…really I’m not…I just think that between them they have the best handle on what it means to be missional in the West in the 21st Century, so it’s worth keeping a close eye on what they have to say.

My noodlings about Mission”Al”
My noodlings about Frosty

Forge America describe themselves like this:

Forge is an innovative mission training network that seeks to equip Christian leaders for mission in a first world setting.

Forge recognizes the enormous cultural shifts that have occurred in the world over the last few decades and is committed to developing leaders who can live and serve incarnationally, who have a holistic view of life and mission and who are able to re-think church structures recognizing that one size does not fit all.

Forge encourages the dreamers, entrepreneurs and the risk takers in our churches to boldly seek new expressions of church and new approaches to mission so that we can be genuinely connected to the heartbeat of our communities.

The Forge dream is to see both new missional communities birthed and established churches encouraged refocusing on the task of mission within their communities

Forge has emerged at a time when it is widely agreed that we find ourselves in a new mission context. In our present cultural climate most experienced evangelists and missionaries recognize that intentional mission responses and church planting is the most effective approach. Forge is a bold initiative that specifically addresses these challenges by linking experienced mission practitioners with emerging missional leaders. Forge aims to focus its energy on developing leadership that can understand the missional challenge and proactively develop strategies, approaches and teams, to be able to take the church onto new and uncharted ground.

You may want to check out the forthcoming Forge Missional Imaginations Conference in April, hosted by Wheaton.

Forge’s National US Director is fellow Aussie, Kim Hammond

As a double whammy bonus on this post, here’s a great little interview with Alan conducted by Andrew Marin of Love is An Orientation, and a link to Churchplanters conference where Hirschy gives a great lecture on the whole Missional deal….it’s really worth taking the time with a coffee to listen to this presentation if you want to get some perspective on this missional business (you have to give ‘em your email address)

Missional in 2 minutes

This is not the whole story, and obviously only a two minute snapshot which largely ignores the Biblical roots of missional Church, but I think it’s a reasonable starting point to get a notion of what missional is all about.

If you want to go deeper – and you really have to if you want to really understand the roots and reality of missional Church – go and read some Hirsch and Frost, or check this vid out over a coffee.

Here’s a more expansive explanation from Alan Hirsch

I always try to give an acknowledgment the source of any video I post on here, but I struggled a little to find the precise source. I was kind of in the same quandary at The Well Mission’s Andrew Feil, whose cheeky wee comment made me smile.

…found this on Tim Chester’s Blog, but he got it from the Missional Church Network Website, who found it the twitter feed of Alan Hirsch, who got it from Jeff Maguire’s YouTube…

Old Forge Vid: Frost, McLaren and Mr Bass

Check out these snippits of stuff from Forge Australia Dangerous Stories 2 National Summit for the emerging missional church from way back in 2007:

Powerful stuff that had slipped under my radar.


Reclaim Promo from Communications Bureau on Vimeo.

Today in Atlanta – and into the weekend – The Salvation Army holds the RECLAIM event.

There’s an outstanding roster of speakers and workshop leaders, including missiologist, author & all round top bloke Alan Hirsch, the wonderful Phyllis Tickle and Pete Rollins, who has recently made the move to the US from Northern Ireland.

Hirshy has had numerous mentions on this blog because of the impact of his writing – together with his buddy Mike Frost – on my understanding of what it means to be a missional – sent – people.

I love it when our tribe reaches out to other wise voices to help inform what it is to re-engage with mission…so important for a movement that sometimes struggles with the balance of it’s calling as a radical Jesus following mission movement and the challenges of also being a massive global social service agency.

It’s good too that some of the workshop themes are taking on the hot potato of human sexuality. I’m willing to be knocked down on this, because I haven’t researched the facts on this, but I can’t remember a time when a Salvation Army conference has dealt with it in such a head-on fashion. I’m glad the initiative has been taken.

We’re on a journey.

Wish I was there!

I’m looking forward to hearing how it went…

TwentyTen: I am released!


This is a biggie.

During all of the time I’ve been blogging, using Facebook and Twitter etc I’ve been very careful with my online presence to say very little about my previous day to day working life in the electronic music, audio & video product industry…concentrating rather on my life as a follower of Jesus trying to live as authentically as I can.

This was not some secular/sacred issue. I made that online separation simply because I wanted to be defined not by what I “do” in my career, but rather by what I “am”. In fact over the years I have become ever more convicted that it is this attempt at walking the way of Jesus that defines me; weak, faltering and broken as I am.

Now that maxim will apply more than ever:

Here at the beginning of 2010 I become a free agent.

I am released!

My employment came to an end just before Christmas, due to a merger within the corporate group I have been a part of for many years.

Together with my family – and with a lot of prayer – we’ve just been trying to discern where we go from here.

We feel this is gift of God (perhaps more accurately a hefty kick) to make myself more available to Jesus stuff in whatever form that takes. Expecting that there will perhaps be more time than before, I’ve already stepped out and started to take the initiative to get involved in a few things that I have a passion for, and are close to my heart.

It’s time to recalibrate.

Early signs seem to be focussed towards authentic missional discipleship, connection and some kind of increased & enhanced online activity – influenced in part because I have been inspired by those over the last little while who by their living, writing, sharing, creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, grace and love have impacted me more than they will ever realize.

JD, Thomas and Stewart are among that number with the Something Beautiful Podcast and JD’s book, St Peter’s Brewery – Chris with Geek-Speak - Sam Radford with his Awaken stuff, Duncan McFadzean with his Seven Men projects, Chris and Dana at Blue Door TV, the remarkable transitional journey of Chick and Margaret Yuill…the list could go on and on!

I’ve never been much of a bread head, so it will be my passion that will drive this thing. In many ways I want it to be a vehicle to help others, as much as help myself. I’m excited to see how it evolves.

Also, I guess I’ve been recently quite inspired by former pastor, Problogger and friend of Tall Skinny Kiwi, Darren Rowse, and although I don’t expect to be earning 6 figures anytime soon(!!), I am interested to explore just a little of what might be achieved. Over the longer haul, though, I’ve really been taken by how many of my buddies have just gotten off their butts, and taken leaps of faith…

If we’ve connected in any way since I started blogging YOU are part of my story, for that I thank you.

There’s a phrase that I picked up from renowned missiologist Mike Frost that has real resonance for me and my family at the moment. We are

Following the Missio Dei into Strange Places

I am excited about what God has in store for us!

If you want to join me on the journey or think I can in some small way support you on yours, feel free to get in touch with me on Facebook or Twitter

We would ask for your prayers.

Much love…in his dust

Imagine Chick

I was interested to read that Chick Yuill has joined the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity as the Regional Church Life Consultant in the North West of England for the Imagine Project, which seeks to

“cultivate open, authentic, learning and praying communities that are focussed on making ‘whole-life disciples’ who live and share the gospel wherever they relate to people.

Sounds good to me!

There are more details here

I’ve not had a massive amount of contact with the LICC, expect for their involvement with a Michael Frost event I attended last year, but everything I’ve seen has impressed me.

Definitely worth checking out

Book Haul

I’ve had a major book haul over the holidays.
New purchases to get my teeth into in the coming weeks:

ReJesus – by Michael Frost & Alan Hirsch
The New Conspirators : Creating the Future One Mustard Seed at a Time – by Tom Sine
Pattern Recognition – by William Gibson (HT to the Headphonaught for re-igniting my interest in Gibson)
Crazy Love – by Francis Chan
In Defense of Food – by Michael Pollan
The Peoples Bible: NRSV …“Relying on the best insights of historical-critical, liberationist, postmodern, and postcolonial interpretation”

Also, I finally got the chance to replace my copy of Mike Frost’s EXILES: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture, which by way of highest recommendation I had given away to a friend.

Plus copies of Trailrunner and Ministry Today thrown in for good measure.

Hope all this reading material for the daily train ride to the office doesn’t get in the way of me listening to the Something Beautiful podcast! ;-)