Feeling encouraged and discouraged, hopeful and frustrated in equal measure at the moment about the progress of the gospel here in Bordeaux.
Some years ago we were very concerned for Mérignac. Now there's three or four churches newly there - a new ADD church plant, a CMA church plant and a big charismatic church relocated there from Talence. It does leave a hole in Talence, mind.
Meanwhile, on the more frustrating side, who can dare to come and pioneer in Bordeaux and in its suburbs? Our guys in their 30s need to be assistant pastors in settled churches and work in teams before they can get enough experience to begin church planting. That means they'll begin to pioneer when they're 40 or 50. It's what we did, but it's hardly ideal. We're old, tired out and hide bound, and due to retire before long, and we need young, flexible people with decades of service before them.
I wonder whether we need to lower the entry age to seminaries and training institutions?
Maybe if we took people into seminary at 10?
They'd need a few years work experience behind them, of course, but we used to do that in South Wales in the mines...