We had our first one day conference today at the college. It really was a pilot to test the waters whether the college could host these kind of events more often - it seemed to work pretty well. Near on 120 people were there to hear Malcolm Duncan of Faithworks as he took us on a journey looking at that place where Mission and Spiritual Formation collide.
It was interesting to hear him say that he thought our sacramental theology of the sacramental life was right for TSA and was something that was a gift to the wider church. "You have something to teach us....."
It was interesting hearing his concept of Spiritual Formation only making sense when it impacts our communities through us.
It was interesting hearing him point out that Mission without Spiritual Formation makes as little sense as Spiritual Formation without Mission.
It was interesting hearing his unrelenting proclivity towards 'the poor'.
A point that stayed with me was when answering a question that was really an apologetic for a position of 'there is more than just poor people to look out for...!' - 'know your purpose don't be a jack of all trades'
As he left for his train he turned to me and with a puzzled face asked "Why would anyone join The Salvation Army if they weren't bothered about the marginal?"