PASSIONATE ABOUT THE CHURCH,
I AM A LEADER WHO COMBINES EXPERTISE IN ACADEMIA AND PRACTICE
I’m a church leader in London in my early thirties. As a church we attract the kind of people who don’t do church…either because they never have and wouldn’t know how or because they tried it before and got burned. As a church community, we love God, love people and love life. How that looks depends on who we happen to have walking with us at any one time! We believe that God’s gift to his church is the people so we encourage our people to discover their unique gifts and passions and then to use those to build the kingdom of God in whatever way he leads. For the leaders, that’s both exciting and terrifying all at the same time!
As for me, when it comes to church, my academic theologian friends see me as a practitioner and the normal people think I’m a bit too much of an academic. Living in the middle, though, is a good place to be. My passion is to make disciples of Christ and I love to share all that I’m learning from both academic and practical contexts as widely as I can. In line with this, I am not only in the church doing leadership but I’m also researching a PhD in the same topic! And because I want to reach as many people as possible with the joy of Jesus’ invitation to follow him, I give the rest of my time to lecturing, preaching, writing and mentoring. You can find out more about my work at www.chloelynch.com.
What else…? Well, like any church worker, I drink lots of coffee and most working days find me spending at least an hour in a cafe hanging out with somebody. If you’ve ever wondered what church leaders do all day, now you know. (Though I do work quite hard outside of those times, I promise!) As well as good coffee, I like good food and good wine. I love to read – which is probably somewhat obvious! – and I really like spending time with my friends who make me laugh. But if you know me, you know that I’m an introvert and I need a rhythm of solitude and space too. I usually get that in the local swimming pool, when I write this blog or hanging out at my desk at college.