On Thursday morning my phone vibrated in my pocket. It was Sylvain.
The Conseil National des Evangéliques de France is a national body uniting evangelicals from pentecostal, charismatic and other groupings. As soon as the CNEF was formed we in the Gironde transformed our local pastors' fellowship into a CNEF33 group.
Since then the CNEF has issued guidelines and structures for local groups, so we decided to knock down all we had and start again. And the Assemblée Constitutive was this Thursday morning.
Sylvain, one of our all-round good eggs, volunteered to go to the meeting for me. And now he was trying to phone me.
"I am in a meeting. Is it a grave emergency?" I messaged him.
"They want you to be président of CNEF33. Are you willing?"
"Yes, if that's what they want."
Moral of the story. Never miss a meeting and always turn your phone off!