I went up to Mike Pilavachi after the meeting on Friday, and I told him this.
Here is a meeting of different Churches around North Shropshire and surrounding region including several newfrontiers churches.
We discussed the meeting at our regional meeting on Thursday.
Something interesting came to light.
Phil Whittall, who planted North Shrewsbury Community Church 6 years ago, would point to Soul Survivor in 1995 as a clear point where God spoke to Him put his life on track.
Me, an elder at our Church in Shrewsbury for 18 months, would point to Soul Survivor in 1995 as a clear point where God spoke to me, and put my life back on track.
So when Mike Pilavachi comes up to preach at a Church in a small town in a relatively unknown county, what you find is two church elders, in their early 30s, who can point specifically to your camp and your ministry as clear points where God shaped our calling. Here, on the ground, on our turf, we are "doing the stuff", and so keep going, keep blessing these young people, keep making them ruined for the sake of the name of Jesus, because now the first generation of Soul Survivors blessing has reached the Church leadership stage and is bearing fruit.
He looked at me, took a deep breath and said "that thrills my soul". You and me both Mike, you and me both.