Monday, January 23, 2006

UCCF Relay Training 2: Day 1.

More conference retro-blogging. Just home from our second Relay training conference of the year. Superb week, my best Relay 2 thus far (of the four I've been to). A great week of remembering together that God is still God and The Gospel is still true

Relay is our discipleship training programme for recent graduates. We're in the business of formacion so they get input in personal study, ongoing supervision, active ministry and at three conferences throughout the year. There are over 50 Relays who are based across the Great Britain and Ireland.

The Relay Workers

Session 1 - That was the term that was
Anna Mac led us through Psalm 95 reminding us that God is still God and The Gospel is still true whether the last term has been good or bad. This set the agenda for the week.

Session 2 - The Bible Book of the Week
The main Bible teaching at Relay conferences is done by the Relay's in fellowship group Bible studies. At Relay 2 we turn to the Old Testament and that meant Joel. A book about God's fierce anger against sin and his lavish grace to sinners, a book about his passion for his glory. Maurice gave us an overview and some advise on how to apply the Old Testament, considering what it tells us about God, its application to the people of God, and the "hooray for Jesus!" application for us as Christians.

The day ended with Relay's going into regional prayer cells and the staff gathering to pray for the week. Its great to be back with family again. There are 14 of us on the Relay staff team and with only 9 days having passed since our Staff conference it was great to enjoy fellowship together again, partnering in the gospel as we serve the Relays.