reflections from new york

October 20, 2009

(The New York skyline to the south of Central Park. Don’t panic…the people in the foreground aren’t ghosts. This is a collection of photos put together with AutoStitch (iTunes link).)

I had a fantastic time in New York at the church planting round table hosted by Trinity Grace last week. I’m still contemplating much of my experience, but here are a few brief reflections:

  • Jon Tyson opened up our time together describing how he keeps having similar conversations with a lot of people. This round table was born out of a dream of bringing those conversations together. It was great to be with the group of people from many different settings but with similar hopes and dreams.
  • I love what Trinity Grace is about. They aren’t trying to be an emerging or postmodern or neo-reformed or ubercool or whatever else kind of church. They are truly a community formed for mission out of the leading of the Holy Spirit. I said it a few weeks ago, and it should probably sound obvious, but their focus on prayer for the city as the primary means of ministry challenges me a great deal.
  • Much of what Trinity Grace is becoming lines up with some of the dreams we’ve had for Austin Mustard Seed. Specifically, I love how they are forming around relational communities focused on mission and thinking in terms of proximity. They call this the parish model as each community/gathering takes spiritual responsibility for their section of the city.
  • Among the many new friends I made, I especially enjoyed meeting Ben Sternke and discovering the many mutual friends we share.
  • I’m having an emotional affair with New York City. I was eager to return to my family, but this is the first time I’ve returned to the Austin airport after a trip and felt a little discontent toward where I live. The country music that plays at the airport might have had a lot to do with that.
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