We’re delighted that this week we have, after much thought and discussion, invited Alistair Ghinn to serve within Chichester Harbour Churches in the role of ‘Church Mission Worker’ with a particular focus on how we are engaging with those we see too little of within our church families and whom we seem to find it so difficult to share this wonderful message of Jesus Christ with. Whilst much of that work will be among the younger generations, Alistair IS NOT a youth worker. Rather, he is with us to share in our vision to know Jesus, to discover the gift of His love and to follow in His way – the way that leads to life in all its fullness.
Jesus was God’s first mission worker. We all share, through baptism, in Christ’s ministry and mission. So we all share with Alistair the duty to make Jesus known, to share his love and follow in his way. No doubt Alistair will bring us the challenge of looking afresh and re-imagining how we might go about this task – looking at the present church demographic we have between 15 – 20 years left before they’ll simply be too few in the pews to be called a ‘parish church’… and maybe that is something which, if it happens, will lead to a new way of being the church – we must never doubt God’s plan however different it may seem to even the plan of the Church of England…. and you know how to make God laugh… tell him your plans!