launch team meeting on 30th August 2008

The first meeting as a developing launch team is planned for Saturday 30th August. In terms of deciding whether to come to the launch team meetings, you’re welcome if you’re planning to be part of the plant (or if you’ll most likely join us in February but still haven’t made the final decision).

The format will be similar to the interest meetings in that we will meet ‘formally’ at 4pm and then take the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company and chew the fat over dinner. We might try something other than a barbecue this time round—I’ll email suggested contributions when numbers are clear. Please try to rsvp by Wednesday 27th August.

I’ll also circulate an agenda and short discussion paper prior to the meeting in order to maximise the value of our time together.

Looking forward to meeting together again! If you can’t make it but are keen to be part of the launch team, it would be helpful to know that as well. Let me know if you’d like to have a yarn.


4pm-dinner. RSVP wez -at-



  1. Peter W · August 19, 2008

    Your dates are a little confusing Wez – did you mean 27th August perhaps? :)

  2. Wez Coffey · August 19, 2008

    Thanks Peter, 17th September will be the rsvp date for the next meeting. Now fixed. :)

  3. Geoff and Esther Meadows · August 31, 2008

    We’re thrilled about the Unichurch/Southside plant vision for mission and agree that small groups are a great context for evangelism. We feel that the church in the early 21st century is increasingly synchronizing with the world rather than being exclusive and discriminating. “Friendship with the world is hostility toward God” (James 4:4) and so to suggest that some members of a group meet in a pub where friends might more easily join them is the wrong direction. This doesn’t give any hope to the lost.

    Os Guinness (2003) writes that early 21st century evangelicalism now mimics popular culture as closely and successfully as anyone could ever hope to while still getting away with it, with the end result of not only a betrayal of the faith, but a hapless impotence before the very audience the church was out to impress.

    Pubs are where lonely people are drowning. So unless Christians are going into pubs to call people out, not join them, it’s far better that we reach out our hands and invite people into our homes. In this way we can extend the warmth of relationship and influence the culture, rather than letting the culture shape us.

    What say you?

    Geoff and Esther

  4. Wez Coffey · September 3, 2008

    I’ll pick up the pub/ alcohol issue further at another time (using a pub as a venue was mentioned in the discussion paper for launch team 01). I’ll make a few brief points now:
    First, drunkenness is not an option and shouldn’t be tolerated among us any more than greed:
    But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 1 Corinthians 5:11 (ESV)
    Second, doing life with gospel intentionality includes flexibility on areas which are not in themselves immoral.
    I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 1 Corinthians 9:22 (ESV)
    Third, my hero never got drunk but was pronounced guilty by association.
    The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Luke 7:34 (ESV)

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