missional ywamer

A thinking ywamer, living in Seattle working out how to follow Jesus and be grounded enough to hang out. How can I be in YWAM and live out a new kind of Christian life.

Quote: Jesus had strong views about rich men and loose women, but they both enjoyed His company.
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A YWAM thinker, trying to work out a missional life in YWAM

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Missional YWAMers

Last week I was hanging out with a few choice people in Orlando namely Will and Lori from YWAM PismoBeach, Kim from YWAM Winnipeg, William from YWAM Seattle, good connections happened. Also some of the YWAM big wigs were talking about young leaders again in the same old ways

I have been thinking for a while now, could I live out the life I'm being led into while being in YWAM. In these people I heard the language I use, I saw a desire to live out the YWAM life in similar ways I have been thinking about. While we were in Orlando the base there wanted to sell the 15 houses they own and buy a large campus so they could all live together. We said why would you do that? We want to live in the world not separated from them. We want to be neighbors and have neighbors.

During my time in YWAM New Zealand, I spent heaps of time rethinking my faith and allowing the questions God had put in my head reshape me and my thinking about the way we live in the YWAM context. I felt lost and alone as I deconstructed my YWAM experience, my wife worried, others left me alone as I got bitter and frustrated, one of my leaders tried to understand but didn't get it. During that time I had one ally, Thomas, a kiwi who had been living in Melbourne Australia working with YWAM and with Allan Hurst author of "the shaping of things to come." Anyway Thomas was a God send. As time passed Thomas was finding it harder and harder to work inside of YWAM and live the way he knew he should. Not long after, he left YWAM, making me think is there a place in YWAM for me. I believe there are a bunch of other people like myself going through the same situations in YWAM. Alot of them are young leaders wanting some help, strength, someone to understand.

I love this mission, I think we have an ethos that could be lived out in a beautiful way. I believe we have room in YWAM to do that also. I'm willing to leave YWAM behind to pursue this life I'm being lead into, if need be.


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