It must have been two years ago that I first read John Burke's book "No Perfect People Allowed". It had as big an impact on me in terms of understanding what true Christian community looks like as Phillip Yancey's book "What's So Amazing About Grace" did when it comes to my personal relationship with God, and has shaped much of the way I think about where we are going.
Not long after reading John Burke's book I started praying that God would make it possible for him to come and speak in Bracknell. I was inspired by Ben when he wrote to Erwin McManus asking him to come and speak (which he did), but it still seemed like a huge ask.
Well God has answered that prayer. John is coming to us to do a Willow Creek Seminar on Friday 26th February 2009, and then will be speaking in our two morning meetings on Sunday 28th (he then has to fly off to Denmark in the afternoon so can't speak in the evening). I can't tell you how excited I am about John coming. If there was a way in a blog of expressing "very excited" this blog would be full of them, but unfortunately there isn't so you'll just have to imagine it!
Please can I encourage as many of you as possible to book into the seminar. It won't just be for leaders but for everyone who wants to live a life that makes a genuine impact on those far from Christ. I'll publish details on exactly how to sign up for the seminar, and any volunteer opportunities, nearer the time.
(a very excited!) Simon.