Discovering the Future – Navigating the New Mission Landscape
With Special Guest Contributor Chris Neal
This week we are excited to welcome special guest contributor Chris Neal. Here is Chris' blurb to this weeks session: The Church and Christian Communities are at a key moment as they face issues and situations which are fundamental to our understanding of what it means to be a follower of Jesus in the 21stc. Indeed, these days are as key and crucial as those of the first Reformation and the response will need not only vision but also courage as we begin to navigate the mission landscape which is coming into view. Chris Neal: Chris has been involved in Christian Ministry for some 45 years, 32 of them in local Parish Ministry. Until 2003 he was Team rector of Thame in the Oxford Diocese. During his 17 years there he was involved in planting several congregations, the exploration of new forms of Christian community, and helped lead the Church into a cell model. From 2000 - 2003 he was also the Diocesan Director of Evangelisation, helping the church in the diocese to respond to the radically changing cultural context and mission landscape. From 2003 he was Director of Mission Community for CMS, helping CMS re-imagine its calling and role in the rapidly changing global mission scene, and also seeking to release a movement of people who want to see their discipleship shaped by a mission spirituality and build missional community wherever they go. Chris 'retired' in October 2012, but since then has been developing a mission consultancy role, particularly around the release of creative and innovative thinking and the encouragement of the entrepreneur for the creation of spiritual, social and economic capital. This will, hopefully, allow Christian communities to speak prophetically and live out the promise of God's renewal of creation and so work toward the transformation of individuals, communities and the wider society. He is married with three children, and in his spare time enjoys walking, theatre and music.