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Thames North Synod welcomes their new Discipleship Enabler, Revd Eddie Boon
10th November 2020
Dear members and new friends in Thames North Synod
It is a real joy to introduce myself to you as your new Synod Discipleship Enabler. I have had to be patient during these last few months of the pandemic needed to accept the delay and wait to begin this new ministry post not just for me but for our Synod.
But now I have begun, albeit remotely from the New Forest while our new home in London is being prepared, I continue to be full of anticipation and excited about the privilege and opportunity that lies before us in this adventure of discipleship in these next five years.
Just to give a bit of personal background I am married to Alison who is a nurse and we have three children; Martha, a singer and performer, Jake in his final year at University studying PE for the Primary years, and Sam in his final year in Sixth Form College studying Sports Science. I was ordained into ministry in the URC thirty years ago and I have served in three pastorates; Haydock & Toll Bar (Mersey), St. Mary Cray & Outreach Co-ordinator (Southern), and Hythe (Wessex) as well as a number of other responsibilities and ministries, local, regionally and nationally. In recent years I have completed a Masters degree in Applied Theology (Christian Leadership) and a Certificate in Christian Mentoring and I have sensed the strong but gracious leading of the Holy Spirit to consider ministry that is not congregational based – and here I now am!
I have quite a few personal leisure pursuits including Films, Culture, History, Sport especially football and cricket, reading, technology and visual media, musicals, cycling and swimming.
I am excited that our Thames North Synod has been, in the last few years, progressing a re-visioning process and that Christian discipleship is a significant part of that, as is my new role and ministry. It could be argued that in the midst of all the challenges that we have faced and are facing we don’t have the energy or the resources for this. Despite our road being hard in many ways I believe the opposite is true. We have been learning more about what it means for us as followers of Jesus Christ to be gathered and what it means to be scattered.
God is with us wherever we are and whatever is happening and I sense that we will be led into more of what this means for us as individual people, as groups, churches, local area groups and as a Synod as a whole – and that is whole-life discipleship. If discipleship is to live in relationship to the God revealed in Jesus Christ, then walking the way of Jesus, really matters for us all and not just for an enthusiastic few or committee.
There may be no quick fixes but there can be a long obedience and as it has once been said “There is never a time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment, the time is always now. I feel that it probably won’t be ‘business as usual’ and there may be some points along this journey when we might decide to let go of some things that we are might be holding on to tightly – but God is gracious, good and faithful!
So, I am really glad to join you as a companion on this exciting journey and in the next few weeks I look forward to meeting you in due course. I am currently planning this first short remote phase of my ministry and it may well include some online get togethers for discussion, bible study and prayer and I also hope to record some short messages to explore discipleship further that can be used as you wish in your own personal or congregational context.
Most of all I do believe that change can begin with a single conversation and so I am happy to chat in the old-fashioned way by phone (or other means) with you as well! Please bear in mind that I am not here to solve problems that you feel you may have but to join you in the discovery of what God is already doing and move more deeply into this into our future as we encounter and are led by the Holy Spirit.
I am humbled by the responsibility that is now placed upon me and I promise to be committed and faithful to God and you his people in this calling. I will also be praying for you and hope that you will be in prayer for me as I begin this ministry as your Synod Discipleship Enabler especially for this complicated first couple of months.
Finally, “Let every detail in your lives - words, actions, whatever - be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.” (Colossians 3.17 The Message)
With best wishes and love to you in Christ
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