There’s lots out there about The Turning in Reading. I will try to add to these personal reflections at some point, but for the moment I can only say that of the 1500 “decisions” for Christ, very few have materialised in churches.
However any move to get Christians talking about their faith is great. A good hundred or more went through training to use the script and will now feel more confident sharing their faith. We have generally neglected sharing the gospel openly for years.
I think is is fair to say that what happened in the two weeks that Tommy Zito was here took us all by surprise. We weren’t prepared to follow up on such large numbers.
In time it was also sadly true that church leadership were divided over how to respond and how to move forward. However, we pioneered something in Reading that other places seem to have refined and owned to better effect, so I am not too disappointed. May Europe hear the Good News!
I did go down to Cardiff for a couple of days with Mission to Wales 2017 (The Turning Wales)
I was really impressed by the way in which the whole methodology had matured. The training was brilliant. The encouragement to be really sensitive to Holy Spirit and not push people beyond where they are ready to go. The materials were much better. The partnership with the Bible Society was a significant move in that follow up materials have been produced and a dedicated book produced containing Luke & Acts. This can be given to people that have committed their lives to Christ.