Two Conferences Coming Up In Brussels

This summer, Cornerstone International Church will be hosting two conferences:

1. VMI Brussels 2010

First off, Cornerstone will be hosting VMI (which is short for Visible Music Instructive). VMI exists to train musicians and worship leaders to serve within today’s church and the world. VMI will be specifically headed up by a team of gifted musicians and worship leaders from Visible School Music and Worship Arts College, which is based out of Memphis, TN, in America. In particular, this training time will provide hands-on, practical musical instruction on your instrument or voice, plus music theory, music band-ensemble training, and biblical-spiritual input. Musical emphases include vocal, percussion, bass, guitar and keyboard. Plus workshops will be offered in both worship leading and songwriting to help participants grow in these important areas as well.

VMI will take place Wednesday evening, 28 July, to Saturday evening, 31 July. The specific theme for this summer is God of This City. Click on the audio icon here to listen to the song by Chris Tomlin.

2. Fast Forward Brussels 2010

Secondly, Cornerstone will host Fast Forward. In brief, this is a time of equipping God’s people in ministry and leadership that they might serve Him in this generation. Many of us might enjoy the opportunity to take out a few years from our life to study and train in the Word, ministry and leadership. But, for most, that is not possible. Thus, we want to provide training opportunities for God’s people but in a compact time. We have the hope that this will serve God’s people in the 21st century.

Fast Forward will take place on Sunday evening, 1 August to Tuesday evening, 3 August. We will have a team of leaders from Lifelink International leading each of the seminars and speaking sessions. Our theme for 2010 is ‘According to the Pattern’. Jesus told us He would build His church (Matthew 16:18), but sometimes the church, the body of Christ, gets off track and builds according to a pattern that Jesus never had in mind. When it all comes down to it, we are called to build according to the pattern of what God is building Himself. We want the church to become what Jesus meant when He meant church.

Two Summer Conferences in Brussels

This summer, Cornerstone International Church will be hosting two conferences:

  1. VMI Brussels 2010
  2. Fast Forward Brussels 2010

First off, Cornerstone will be hosting VMI (which is short for Visible Music Instructive). VMI exists to train musicians and worship leaders to serve within today’s church and the world. VMI will be specifically headed up by a team of gifted musicians and worship leaders from Visible School Music and Worship Arts College, which is based out of Memphis, TN, in America. In particular, this training time will provide hands-on, practical musical instruction on your instrument or voice, plus music theory, music band-ensemble training, and biblical-spiritual input. Musical emphases include vocal, percussion, bass, guitar and keyboard. Plus workshops will be offered in both worship leading and songwriting to help participants grow in these important areas as well.

VMI will take place Wednesday evening, 28 July, to Saturday evening, 31 July. The specific theme for this summer is God of This City. Click on the audio icon here to listen to the song by Chris Tomlin.

Secondly, Cornerstone will host Fast Forward. In brief, this is a time of equipping God’s people in ministry and leadership that they might serve Him in this generation. Many of us might enjoy the opportunity to take out a few years from our life to study and train in the Word, ministry and leadership. But, for most, that is not possible. Thus, we want to provide training opportunities for God’s people but in a compact time. We have the hope that this will serve God’s people in the 21st century.

Fast Forward will take place on Sunday evening, 1 August to Tuesday evening, 3 August. We will have a team of leaders from Lifelink International leading each of the seminars and speaking sessions. Our theme for 2010 is ‘According to the Pattern’. Jesus told us He would build His church (Matthew 16:18), but sometimes the church, the body of Christ, gets off track and builds according to a pattern that Jesus never had in mind. When it all comes down to it, we are called to build according to the pattern of what God is building Himself. We want the church to become what Jesus meant when He meant church.

A Day Off In Brussels

I must be honest, it’s hard to get a day off at times. As a pastor, you’re kind of always ‘on call’ in case something comes up. Of course, there are times to leave the mobile phone at home, or turn it off, though I’m not always good at that. But it is hard to get that day off each week, during the week. You kinda have to fight for it. I don’t want anybody to play a sad song for me. I’m just writing a short blog entry about a day off that I did get and I thought I might start off with the reality of how it can be difficult to get that beloved day off.

I usually try and take Tuesdays off. You’d think Monday would be a good day to take off, and it would after giving so much on Sunday. But I have Dutch lessons starting at 9.00am every Monday morning. Not a good way to start your day off! Plus, there are little tasks and other such things that come up from the Sunday, which I try and tackle in the afternoons. Thus, I try and make Tuesday that day off.

But this week it wasn’t possible. But I did get to take Thursday off. I’m still getting used to not ‘working’ while everyone else is. It’s just weird waking up late on a day when everyone else is waking up early. But oh well.

Cook N BookSo, on Thursday I went into the city of Brussels (I live about 10 km south of the city). And I went to one of my favourite little combo cafe and book shops – Cook ‘N Book. It’s about the closest thing Brussels has to a Barnes & Noble, which I do enjoy very very much.

And while I sometimes wish there was a Barnes & Noble in Brussels, I am kind of glad there isn’t one. It keeps things more European, which makes sense with this being Europe. It’s nice to experience Europe’s culture in Europe, not America’s culture in Europe.

So, I arrived at Cook ‘N Book about midday (12.00pm) and went straight to the English book section. Thankfully they have such a section since I only speak juste un petit peu French (just a little bit). Remember, I am working on my Dutch-Flemish for now. One language is enough!

I pulled Dan Brown’s new book, The Lost Symbol, and headed straight for a table for lunch. I had been wanting to purchase the book since it came out, but thought I could wait until the The Lost Symbolpaperback for a cheaper price. Plus I was reading three other books at the time. But, after finishing up a fiction book I had been working through for the past few weeks, and trying to treat myself to a day off, I thought I will go ahead and fork out the 21 euros for the hardback copy.

So, I spent the next couple of hours eating an Italian club, sipping on a Coca-cola, and reading the first 50 pages of Dan Brown’s novel. And I took things slow in that little time slot. I savoured the time there. Of course, it was all followed up by a coffee. And the Europeans know how to make strong coffee (I think my spoon could stand up in the coffee by itself).

I kind of want to make some initial comments on Dan Brown’s novel now, but I think I will wait until I finish it and just post up a review of the full book in a few weeks. So stay tuned…

In all, I’m glad I had a day off in Brussels. It wasn’t anything special by most people’s standards, but it was just what I needed and love to do. For me, when you combine books and coffee, the Spirit can really start to flow.