We just got back from the Pastorale Nationale of the Union Nationale des Eglises Protestantes Reformées Evangéliques de France (UNEPREF) which was held at Chausse deep in the heart of the Cevennes.
We left Pessac at about 3:30 on Sunday afternoon and made good time till we got very near our destination. Sadly the GPS didn't actually have the conference centre in its data, so we had to resort to following the instructions, read by our indomitable navigator. Thankfully the instructions were good and we arrived just in time to be in bed by midnight. 625km door to door.
The main sessions were on handling conflict in the church and I found them very helpful.
It was also very good to meet up with the guys again.
Also to put in motion the process of establishing a protocol between the mission and the union of churches, which would also involve me becoming a non-stipendiary pastor on the churches' list.
The conference centre is in the middle of forests of sweet chestnuts. It's a gorgeous place though very much off the beaten track. We drove back this afternoon and made very good time because we only made one brief stop at Carcassonne (about half-way).
Tomorrow I hit the ground running with a CNEF meeting at 10am - 12, a Pessac guys reading group 12 - 2, then meeting up with Simon at FAC at 2:30, then the TheOshow preparation meeting in the evening.