Ministers’ Gathering in Dijon

…. and no mustard in sight!

From the 6-8th of November, David and Michael were privileged to attend the annual gathering of Baptist ministers and mission-workers. It is during times like these that we appreciate the friendships that we have built-up over the years, and seek vision together.

The keynote speaker this year was Dr Rick Durst, on 21st Century Discipleship. I had also been asked to be part of our round table discussion on “Same Challenges – New Paradigms”, chaired by BMS colleague Christine Kling. So it felt like God (once again) planned everything perfectly, as some of the aspects Dr Durst emphasizsed are at the heart of our discipleship vision at l’Eglise Autour de La Table:

  • Making disciples, not just converts (where orthoPRAXY (ie doing) is as important as orthoDOXY (beliefs)
  • Emphasizing obedience to God’s word rather than just studying
  • Every disciple is can make other disciples (cf Oncken’s phrase: ‘Every Baptist a Missionary’)
  • Overcoming sin and walking in freedom,  ecoming and being an actor of reconciliation .



Other highlights including reflections on various pieces of art (Raphaël’s Transfiguration and a one-man show based on various interpretations of the Last Super), playing music as part of the worship band (always a privilege!) and deep, passionate discussions about what we can learn from past Revivals that may be relevant to 21st century France (more about that later!).

Michael then spent some time with some teams who are going through a Learning Community, using a framework called M4 (Master, Mission, Multiplication and Movement) to help with their communication and widen the impact of M4 in the Fédération (and France in general).

Exciting to be at the heart of new initiatives, shaping new paradigms, and seeking to live out what God is (still!) teaching us about discipleship.