Mission Shaped Intro has got off to a great start in Toronto. Twenty people have come faithfully each week to sessions led by John Bowen and Jenny Andison. We have had great group discussion, watched video clips from such movies as Sister Act, and done a number of practical exercises. We have experienced a variety of styles of prayer, watched videos of fresh expressions of church in the UK, rewritten Acts chapter 2(!), eaten bread freshly baked during the session, and discussed why night clubs sound like fun while church sounds so boring. A measure of how well the session has gone is that several people are wanting to take the materials and use them to teach MSI in their own home area.
John Bowen was Professor of Evangelism and Director of the Institute of Evangelism at Wycliffe College from 1997 till 2013. Now retired, he is happily engaged in preaching, teaching, mentoring, and writing. His most recent books are God is Always Bigger: Reflections of a Hopeful Critic (2021) and The Unfolding Gospel: How the Good News Makes Sense of Discipleship, Church, Mission, and Everything Else (2021). He also writes a monthly column, “In Other Words,” in The Niagara Anglican. John is married to Deborah, an English professor. They have two adult children and four grandchildren.