The Crosslink gathering was an interesting experience. Main speaker was Ed Delph from Arizona, author of 'Church @ Community', an excellent and witty communicator, who talked about strongholds of opportunity for the church in the city, making optimal use of spiritual momentum for the Kingdom of God. It's incredible how many oneliners some Americans can squeeze in one sentence, but it was good stuff and I'm sure highly challenging for most participants.
I had the opportunity to talk to Brian Medway, the main facilitator of Crosslink, to ask his assessment of the church in Australia. He foresees that the transition we're in from a maintenance mindset to a prophetic-apostolic paradigm will inevitably lead to clashes in the church, because sectarianism (my own denomination, ministry, ego, etc.) is incompatible with the Kingdom of God. Brian also taught on the need to build based on a vision from heaven and that often to receive that kind of revelation we need to have reached a point that like Paul we count everything loss for Christ. "There are few forces in Christian ministry that have more power to destroy than a religious idea masquerading as a spiritual one," Brian said.
This morning I had breakfast with David Orton (insert), a prophet from Melbourne, who plans to come to the Netherlands in 2007 and 2008. He confirmed that the Europe-Australia connection is going to be important in God's reformation plans. He told some encouraging stories of people who got spontaneously healed in God's presence during their Tabernacle of David gatherings.
We also met shortly with Ian Shelton of One Heart, a nation-wide initiative to bring pastors in unity for the sake of their cities, and two young ladies who started a 24-7 prayer initiative in Canberra. In the evening Donny and I shared in the Youth Forum, which was received well.