Charlotte Cohort/Charismatic Convergence
We met at a new location—the urban prayer room run by Charlotte 24/7, which is just a great space, absolutely saturated in prayer. We had about 25 people there—one of our largest gatherings—many of whom were involved in the 24/7 prayer movement in Charlotte and/or justice-type ministry in the Optimist Park neighborhood itself. I tend to think of these folks as being more in the apostolic/pentecostal/charismatic stream of the emerging church, which, sadly, we (those of us who have been involved with the cohort for a while) have not made many strong connections with. Of course, they don’t necessarily see themselves in that vein, but that’s OK. They are really just being missional, with a heavy dose of Spirit-led-ness. Last night was a good time to connect and hear about what the Spirit is speaking to the Church (capital C) in Optimist Park. One woman prophesied over me, and that was interesting. It just doesn’t happen every day. I felt very refreshed by it.
Josh Shope has posted his reflections over on his Xanga blog. He makes me laugh though because he talks about “this little community of kids in Charlotte,” but later admits “these kids [are all] around my age”! So you need to stop calling them “kids,” alright, Josh? Here’s the scary part: While Josh should not be calling his peers “kids,” I on the other hand am now old enough to call people in their early 20s “kids.” Or as I prefer to say “youngsters” or “younguns” or, better yet, “whippersnappers.”
On that note, let me mention briefly: Next week I’ll turn 32, and since I’ll be out of town, we celebrated tonight with my parents and my brother here at Alfred & Charlie’s BBQ in Gastonia. Becky got me two T-shirts, a yin and a yang, if you will (but I digress …):