Jonny is passionate about contextual and global mission and the particular edge he brings is the imaginative connection of the Gospel to contemporary culture. He is a creative communicator. He particularly connects with pioneers, leaders who have the gift of not fitting in as they are called by God to new forms of mission and ministry often beyond the edges of the church. Jonny works for the Church Mission Society and has done for the last 10 years believing that cross cultural mission is a gold mine for ministry in our own contexts now. The main focus of his work in the last few years has been setting up and leading the innovative Pioneer Mission Leadership Training. This has been very exciting with all sorts of creative pioneers engaging with it who are starting new mission projects. Jonny is a member of Grace, a creative church that was part of a movement in the UK that became known as alternative worship. He is author of Alternative Worship, a collection of resources from that movement, and more recently Curating Worship exploring lessons for leadership out of those creative communities. He also helped create the multi media labyrinth installed at St Pauls Cathedral London, and published in the USA. He is a partner in proost.co.uk – a new media company publishing downloadable resources for worship, and his blog is widely read as a hub to all things emerging, missional and alt worship related. See http://pioneer.cms-uk.org , http://about.me/jonnybaker for more info.
Recorded at Greenbelt 2012: GTV, 27 Aug 2012, 9.30am
Alternative Worship has carved out an innovative and creative space in and on the margins of the church in the UK over the last decade, reimagining the possibilites for worship and church. But what of the future? Can we see some pearls in the making?