Since the Reformation Christianity has developed in relation to Modernity and made the message, or teaching, central to doing church and therewith doing church the core paradigm for the practice of the Christian faith. Though God regularly brings Renewals, Revivals, and Awakenings, we’ve not yet responded to make pursuing and engaging God the central practice of our faith though many have urged doing so since the Reformation. This has resulted in every movement birthed during Awakenings and Revivals settling into doing church as a meeting about God, focused on the message, rather than as gatherings to meet with God, focusing on God present to speak and act.
Increasingly, within the postmodernising world people are turning to God after God, people are turning away from religion while turning to God. Moving forward, we need to establish the practice of the faith as the practice of the Presence of God.
In light of this we need to deconstruct church, recognise that the problem of God is presented anew in the postmodernising world, and cultivate opportunities to practice the presence of God throughout our lives and gatherings as individuals and faith communities.
Tim is an urban mystic, a thinker, writer, and conversationalist committed to relational spirituality. Tim is best known for his work with postmodern spiritual seekers and as a provocateur arguing that we make practicing the Presence of God central to our spirituality as individuals and communities of faith. Tim hosts various short courses including 7 Key Relationships and The Trinity Sessions, and a seminar De-/Re-Constructing Church and the author of Sharing the 7 Key Relationships.
Tim holds a B.A. Honours in Religious and is a M.Th. Candidate in Christian Spirituality at UNISA.
Bev is an urban mystic and the host of 7 Key Relationships: For Kids. Bev has a corporate background in Educational and Tourism Publishing in SubSaharan Africa. She is an illustrator and author who is passionate about knowing God and hearing from God. Bev has run a successful Children’s Ministry on behalf of Metro Vineyard in Cape Town, has a wealth of experience and training in the Prophetic and works as a Prophetic Voice for Father’s Heart Ministries and serves as a member of an international intercessory team. Bev is committed to enabling people to hear from and nurture their relationship with God.
Bev is currently studying theology at the Vineyard Institute.