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CMS Oxford Graduation 2020
10 December 2020:3.30pm - 5.00pm
Church Mission Society Oxford Graduation 2020
This event is by invitation only so that we have enough places for students and their supporters.
In the wake of the pandemic, stepping out into ministry feels a bit like stepping out onto shifting sands. The landscape all around us has changed, and not yet settled. Our reference points are moving, and it’s disorientating. We are not where we thought we would be and we are not sure where exactly we will end up. The ground beneath our feet is unsteady, like a sand dune, and constantly changing as the prevailing wind blows.
The Pioneer skillset is primed to navigate this new and changing terrain. We need to be prepared for what we can’t see and equipped for what we don’t know. We need to be flexible and fluid, strong enough to withstand the pressures but also willing to adapt, bend and reform around them.
The tasks of ministry suddenly have a new poignancy, people all around us are looking for hope, comfort, and some sense of ‘normality’. We might find that our people are looking back towards what they were sure of… but our vocation is to call them forward into a new path, to encourage adventure, creativity and celebrate the unknowingness of it all.
Who knows what new ways we might come to see God?