A small group of KZN Midlands leaders met in Pietermaritzburg in April to launch Soul Action Midlands – a space for Christians who are addressing poverty to come together to connect with one another and with God’s mission for their lives, city and country.

After spending time (re)introducing ourselves to one another, our initial conversation focused on a really helpful and honest discussion around some of the reasons why we thought we should meet and perhaps be meeting more regularly.

Here’s a summary of why we think we meet and what we value:

Relationships – we worship and follow a participatory God, who invites us to establish covenant relationships with himself and others.  God blesses where two or more gather in His name.  To remain isolated, separated, or ‘tunnel visioned’, runs the risk of missing some of the things that God has for us – we are better together.  We come together with one heart for a common purpose – development – to see people recognise and reach their own potential.  We are comforted and challenged in meeting others you’re hungry to see God’s perspective.  Each of us has a unique role in the body of Christ.

Listening – before, during, and after we turn faith into action; we recognise the need to feed our souls.  We seek to be spirit filled Christians, who read, explore, and listen, to God’s written and spoken words.  We recognise the importance of hearing the still small voice of God and value the space to be with and actively listen to God.  Our desire is to get a better picture of what God is doing in the Midlands.  Our prayer is simple, “Dad, show us what are you doing.” Our aim is to start where God is at, where He is already working.

Best praxis – we are a group of people who in sharing our journey of faith together value the space created to develop different approaches to Christian development.  We believe in peer education and shared learning.  We enjoy the freedom to be able to ask, listen, and share what God is saying or doing, compare this to what’s currently happening, explore how God works and who He is, and find ways to continue or change our practice for good.  We outwork theology practically and simply – our thinking about God informs what we do, and what we do informs our thinking about God.

After concluding that there was both a need and the energy to gather more regularly – and following a brief discussion on the nature / format of these gatherings – we spent the rest of the morning listening to God.

A decision was made to regather on the first Tuesday of every other month, starting on Tuesday 5th June 2012, between 9am and 12noon.


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