This year Surrender came together in the Adelaide CBD in an amazing location right on Light Square. We celebrated a great diversity of participants contributing to the conversation of 'making things right'. It was a great privilege to have Uncle Clyde Rigney, Paul Sparks, Dave Andrews, Jarrod McKenna, Teresa Lee and Joel McKerrow among key voices helping us press into the message of living the sub version of a narrative that puts things right in the world the way God intends.
What made Surrender such a huge success this year in Adelaide was not just the presenters or the amount of people who showed up, but the fact that Surrender has stimulated a movement throughout South Australia and we have many more conversations and activity to look forward to in the coming months. People have connected around the theme and conversations. Networks are popping up as we encourage each other to be the change we want to see in our neighbourhoods.
We are grateful to the team in Melbourne and Adelaide who helped bring Surrender Conference together in Adelaide on September 18-20. We are now attending to the ongoing conversation and movement of the Spirit of God calling us into communities where God is making things right.
Our vision in Adelaide is not that we host a conference once a year, but that we nurture a network of faithful Jesus followers who can be connected to the message Surrender offers and to each other for encouragement. The conference is a great catalyst for connecting with one another and we look forward to doing it again in 2016!
Regional Truth Labs
We held two highly successful regional SURRENDER Truthlabs in Bendigo and Mornington. At each event Paul Sparks and a panel of local mission and justice practitioners joined a packed house in exploring how in an increasingly dislocated and hurried world how can we find and create a sense of home and togetherness in our local communities. There was some truly significant unity around following Jesus’ great call to love our neighbours and ongoing momentum generated as key local leaders and voices picked up the call to find ways to join together to love their neighbours and seek the kingdom! The potential of on the ground action generated is something that will be exciting to see play out…
SURRENDER Engine Room: Youth and Community Work Training Day
Off the back of our highly successful Youth Leaders Training day in March where we saw 120 emerging leaders come together, we ran another ‘Engine Room’ training day where we brought together some cutting edge practitioners and thinkers to continue the conversation and help young leaders explore together how to express mission and justice as we seek the kingdom coming. We had over 45 people spend the day hosted at Urban Seed in the city with sessions on neighbourhood mission and church, engaging with mental health and illness, the circle of courage and resiliency, community development and developing collaborative partnerships, and engaging with injustice in our world. All these were run in a storysharing interactive format that saw some deep engagement and fantastic feedback!
SURRENDER Mission Collective Dinner
In September SURRENDER hosted a dinner and get together for over 40 different leaders engaged in missional communities and neighbourhood based expressions of church from around Victoria. Enjoying the hospitality of The Cave community in their fantastically creative building we had a encouraging time over great food of sharing stories of what God is doing across our local communities and neighbourhoods, as well as being encouraged by guest Paul Sparks to stay grounded in what God is doing through our presence and linked together with others on a similar journey for mutual encouragement and resourcing. It will be exciting to see what God does through these connections as we continue to map where those connected to the SURRENDER movement are active on the ground and build a sense of collective presence!