Today is my last day with Methodist Church as their regional training officer - what a 5 years I've had.
Thoroughly enjoyed working among the Methodist people - real down-to-earth spirituality. Many of the 'nominal' Christians have left these last few decades so what remains are committed, Christ-like saints who faithfully do the Jesus stuff in their towns and villages. I'll be staying connected with these dear folks through my membership of Sidwell St Methodist and the Simply initiative so it's not really a good-bye but I'm no longer a big cheese in the region - probably good for my soul - these titles can damage us if we're not careful.
I'm moving on to more fully engage 24-7 with the Simply initiative and with my wonderful tribe ...
Great to be out again - after 6 weeks of bed-bound recovery from a 'near-death cardiac experience' (!), starting to venture out again ! Enjoying Penzance harbour, Truro, Sennen Cove, Porthcothan, St Ives and Lizard - amazing places !!
Hope to be back at work with Simply www.luvsw.net by late Sept, early Oct - I'll see what the doctors say !?
Thanks everybody for cards, prayers, meals and support over last few weeks - it is amazing to be loved.. I am deeply moved ..,
It's gonna be a great few weeks - sun is coming out, Murray to win Wimbledon, Lions to win Australian tour, Egypt to nurture non-violent democracy and I get to swim, cycle & run in great surroundings !
Day of prep, family and leading some training with Street Pastors tonight.
Gorgeous sunrise over the Exe estuary - out for an early morning cycle!
Doing lots of training & speaking this week - Plymouth youth workers and some community workers in West Somerset. Preparing today...
Got a young 'minister in training' shadowing me in a week or two- that should be fun, having someone alongside me for 2 weeks - poor bloke!
Also launching some small groups or hubs in next few weeks here in Exeter - some based around spirituality, one based around personal development ..
The much waited-for Ironman triathlon weekend is here - done lots of training and prep. Never done more than 5.5 hrs of continuous aerobic activity - this is 8.5 hrs so I'm going to be pushing my body to places it's never been before!
I'll report back Sunday evening - those of you who pray, please pray - those of you who don't, please cross your fingers!
Thanks all for your support as I've prepared for this big day..
Luv ya all - Steve
More personally the exciting news is that I'm going to be released to spend more time and energy developing Simply... from September 1st. Although I had thought of spending half my time with a new training network within the Methodist Church , after much soul-searching we decided that I need to jump in with both feet into this exciting opportunity !!
So big changed for me cos I have much enjoyed serving the Methodist District especially with my two friends Pete Pillinger and Dave Martin. I will miss them dearly but they'll still be around...
Ironman is in 5 weeks and if you want to sponsor me - click here - all the proceeds go to the charity, Simply...
I'm so blessed to meet new friends ... Friendship is a big deal - isn't the movement Christ started supposed to be just a bunch of friends having friendship with God and welcoming all into friendship ...
Much of church structure has been formed, I'm guessing, when friendship has broken down and we needed something else to hold us together??!!