Thursday, April 28, 2011

meeting a tallskinnykiwi: that charism that is Andrew Jones

It was 1999 and I was invited to participate in a US conference on new forms of church. I arrived and experienced a moment of profound disorientation. Despite the billing – new forms of church – the band were playing songs. They were then followed by the preacher. Who talked for well over 45 mins.

I left the first session in disbelief, trying to get my head around how songs + long preaching = new forms of church.

In the backrow was a stranger, who leaned across, introduced himself as a Kiwi and offered to take me for coffee. With gentle humour and some well told stories he fleshed out for me some of the history and background to what I was experiencing.

That moment for me sort of captures the ministry of one Andrew Jones Aka Tallskinnykiwi. A person with a profound sensitivity for those on the fringes. Combined with an ability to build bridges and promote understanding.

It’s a privilege to have him with us today in Adelaide. We’re working him hard

  • a media interview
  • discussion with faculty about training pioneers
  • coffee shop gathering to encourage those pioneering
  • a more public session on using social media in ministry
  • another more public session on the justice of social media

and hoping that through Andrew we might see some fringes blessed and some bridges built.

Posted by steve at 09:36 AM

Friday, April 01, 2011

mission in digital frontiers: a learning day with Andrew Jones

delighted to announce this –

mission in digital frontiers: a learning day with Andrew Jones

Thursday 28 April 1:30pm – 3:00pm Pioneering lessons

Pioneering is hard work and Andrew Jones has been doing it, and seeing it, for over 20 years. This session offers some wisdom on sustainability, dealing with difficulty and building creative partnerships.  It is by invite only, by simply asking for the pioneer password. The aim is to encourage folk with a pioneering heart and is jointly hosted by Mission Resourcing Network and Uniting College.

3:45 – 5:15 pm Social media as fresh expression of mission

The digital world is a fast moving frontier. This session with explore the potential of blogs, Facebook, Twitter for congregations and communities in mission. The content will cover getting started, strategies for effective network and the shape of mission theology for a digital world. The aim of this session is to both upskill and encourage local churches to think about their use of the internet.

7-8:30 pm Social media and justice-making in God’s mission

This session will explore the relationship between social media and justice-making. Can the use of social media be an outworking of “Your Kingdom Come”? If so, how? The session will share stories from around the globe mixed with theological reflection. The aim is to explore the potential and pitfalls that face those surfing the digital frontier.

Andrew Jones aka Tall skinny Kiwi travels the world with his family in a 4×4 truck. They seek to see the world that God loves, to eat unusual food {but not too unusual} and to help change the world by telling stories, throwing parties, making friends and giving gifts. Andrew is interested in spirituality and religion as it collides with new media and the emerging culture.

Details: April 28 2011
Venue: Uniting College
Cost: $20 per session or $30 for two.

Here’s a publicity brochure, which doubles as a registration from – low res here, high res here – feel free to post in your church, email it onto your friends.

Posted by steve at 04:31 PM