Welcome to my blog. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate you taking the time.
Who am I?
I am David, a follower of Jesus who is just trying to work it all out. There are two women in my life. One aged 10. One a bit older. When the world was young I was a youth worker and church planter and pastor in inner London and then Watford. I then joined the leadership team of Tearfund as Youth Director and am now Integral Mission Director.
My goal is to inspire and equip as many Christians and churches as possible to serve their communities with word and deed in the power of the Holy Spirit.
This is a big goal and means that I do lots of interesting things!
I am Integral Mission Director at Tearfund where I am part of the Executive Team and responsible for Tearfund’s work to inspire and mobilise churches for integral mission through the Integral Mission Initiative and church mobilisation work. I am also responsible for Tearfund’s community mission work in the UK, HIV and sexual based violence work around the world, the Inspired Individuals programme, the Transform programme of international volunteering and experience trips as well as coordinating Tearfund’s theological work and prayer
I am Director of Soul Action which is a partnership between Soul Survivor and Tearfund to enable a new generation of Christians to serve the last, the least and the lost around the world.
I am Co-Chair of the Cinnamon Network that exists to strengthen the muscles of the local church in serving their communities
I am Natonal Director of Serve a partnership within the Evangelical Alliance to inspire and equip churches for mission
I am an academic researcher in the area of missiology and working towards a PhD at Kings College London
I am an advocate for Saying Goodbye
This blog is about following Jesus. My greatest desire and deepest prayer is that I faithfully and effectively follow Him wherever He leads, becoming more like Him, living to bring Him glory and representing Him faithfully to all whom I meet.
I have been a Christian for as long as I can remember and for as long as I can remember I have been gripped by the vision of mission. I was enthralled by the evangelists who came to Church and always resonated with those who were passionate about the last, the least and the lost.
And so mission became my passion. I always knew that I had to make Jesus known. So I began sharing my love for Jesus with friends, I learned how to speak in public and eventually I became a youth worker, church planter and leader.
Those experiences taught me that too much of my evangelism ignored the context of people’s lives. That word and deed needed to go hand in hand. That good news to a troubled teenager caught up in the legal system was to have an advocate. That good news to the worn out single mum with three kids was someone to give the children a great afternoon while she had a rest.
At the same time I became more and more convinced that while Christianity had to be about practical service it couldn’t just be about that. That while it was obscene to talk about the eternal riches of Christ to someone who didn’t know how they were going to get through the week. It was completely inadequate to help someone through this week if they were facing an eternity separated from God.
Evangelism, conversion, prayer, practical service, worship, justice seeking, discipleship. All these things were meant to be together and stay together. It is what some brothers and sisters in Latin America began to call Integral Mission. Mission that can’t be separated out into different parts like evangelism or social action because all of the parts together reflect God’s heart, passion and character.
That is what I am going to spend time exploring in this blog. How we join in God’s big, integral, holistic mission in the world.
I hope you join the adventure.