I had a fantastic week of travels two weeks ago and met a number of fantastic leaders and men.
First stop was in Whitehaven (Cumbria) where I spoke on reaching working class men with the gospel. I met a very dedicated group of people who had decided to move the church out of the town centre and onto a needy estate nearby. Not many churches doing that! In the evening I spoke to leaders and church members from around the area about the gospel and culture…and how we connect the two.
Then it was all about Scotland. Firstly I met Rob Waller of Mind and Soul in Livingstone. Rob is a consultant psychiatrist and committed follower of Jesus. Emotional and mental health in men is something I’m really interested in, particularly in the alarming number of suicide victims who are men. I was so struck by what Rob had to say that I’ve asked him to speak at our CVM training day in Feb and I hope also at The Gathering next year.
Finally it was all about Scotland. Firstly A pit stop in Falkirk and a quick tour of the Royal Yacht in Edinburgh (seeing how the other half lived). Picking up CVM Scotland Director Stephen, we went up to Inverness to speak at a men’s day there, organised by the “Alive” team. I have to say it was a fantastic day and gives me great hope for our work across Scotland. The urgent need now is to raise funds so that we can deploy a team to carry the work forward.
All in all a great week of travel. There’s a huge amount going on out there in the world of men’s ministry. My hope is to give you some snap shots from time to time so that you get a feel for the movement as it grows.