“So what’s PMC all about then?” I asked at my first Mission Innovation Team (MIT) meeting. PMC, MIT, The Village, People of Peace – goodness me I seemed to be listening to a foreign language! By the end of the evening I was no wiser! Yet I was intrigued.
“Where’s God in all this” I asked at the second meeting. The leaders patiently did their best to answer my barrage of questions. I went home understanding only slightly more. So – when in doubt turn to good old Google! I spent several hours looking up everything I could find about PMC. At the end of it I understood why the leaders had struggled to answer my questions – and why I’d had so many questions in the first place! Nevertheless, I was beginning to get excited.
A bit fuzzy
PMC, is appears, is meant to be ‘a bit fuzzy’ – leaving room for God to direct each church individually. But I’m a northerner – I like plain speaking – I need to keep things simple! And I felt that – even while allowing for God to direct – it could be better explained in plain, jargon-free language! In fact – I came across a video by another northerner – Peter Barrett from All Saints in Wokingham – explaining how confusing it had all been to the PMC team there. Phew – what a relief – it wasn’t just me being none too bright!
Peter Barrett on figuring out what PMC means in Wokingham
I love what Peter says about God working in All Saints through ‘coincidences’ – and ‘God moments’ – that He was at work even before they started the process. Ah – at last – someone was talking my language! God-incidences! This has been the story of my life for almost four decades!
You see, with the help of good old Google, I’d already begun to pick up on the fact that PMC is all about looking to God to see where He is working in our lives, in our church and neighbourhood, and spotting how he is directing and providing for us. I had no problem whatsoever relating to that concept. After all these years, it’s second-nature to me now.
For confused people like me
Yet – for the previous 18 months I hadn’t got my head round PMC at all. I’d heard mention of PMC in church. I’d even been to a meeting where we all put sticky notes on a timeline – a long sheet of paper with years on it. But it simply hadn’t ‘registered’ as part of the PMC process.
As early as my second MIT meeting I’d suggested that we needed a blog – for confused, plain-speaking people like me to go to for a simple explanation of what PMC is all about. And a place where we could update people on what we feel God’s doing and what we’re learning as we go along.
God kept ‘showing up’
You see – though I’d experienced a very dramatic conversion, my early Christian life had been a case of “one step forward and two steps backward‘ – progressing to “two steps forward and one step backward“. Yet all the time God kept on “showing up” in these “God-incidences”, bearing patiently with my failings and enabling me to learn my best lessons through my worst mistakes.
He’s even used me – with all my faults and failings. And He’s directed and provided the work I’ve been doing for Him. He’s brought incredible people into my life. He’s answered my prayers. He’s provided for me. He’s transformed me. He’s given me purpose and immense joy. I owe everything to Him.
Excited about PMC
So that’s why I’m excited about PMC, in spite of my initial confusion, in spite of the jargon. I’m excited because I know from personal experience that God responds to us when we ask Him to direct and teach us. He responds in very real, tangible ways.
And that’s why I’ve created this blog – because PMC could turn out be the best thing that’s ever happened to us, individually and as a church, if we can only ‘get our heads round’ it all and get excited about what God wants to do.
Follow the blog
The blog will evolve and grow as we, as a church, seek God and share our experiences. There are comment boxes at the bottom of each page – and a contact page where you can share your own experience of what God is doing. It would be lovely, too, if you would click the orange ‘Follow‘ button on the bottom of any page to receive a notification whenever there is a new post on the blog.
So here’s our new blog. Let’s create a God-glorifying record of what He does in our church and in our neighbourhood!
So – what does God want to do in Woosehill Church?
Click here to listen to Richard Lamey explaining his vision for the parish
Dear God, we dedicate this blog to you and ask you to make it your own. It is our desire that you should be seen to be at work in our church and in our neighbourhood, drawing hearts to your heart and transforming lives. And we want to record what you do – for your glory, for the building up of our faith and for the sake of precious souls in our community who desperately need you. We want this blog to to prove that you are a prayer-hearing, prayer-answering Heavenly Father, who still wants to demonstrate the love that took Jesus to the cross and the power that raised Him from the dead.