Billy Patterson is the Director of City Collective and a veteran church planter with his wife Kelly. After visiting with the great folks at Missio Dei in Chicago, Billy hopped on an overnight flight to Dublin where he shows us what a typical day is like as he connects with church planters around the world. Here he visits Ireland, making his first stop in Dublin to see Rob Jones, the pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Rathmines.
Rob picks me from the airport and we make the drive into the city. Traffic is traffic no matter what city you're in; however, conversation about the history of Dublin is definitely unique. I love hearing the heart and passion Rob has for his city and people.
We discuss the agenda for our next couple days together over some great coffee and a few Irish snacks (as seen to the right of Rob).
Meet Dilys, Rob’s wife, in downtown Dublin. We walk around the city, grab lunch, pray together and encounter historic sites all along the way. Dilys is also a great leader and a calm force in Rob’s life.
Fortunately for me, I am with the Jones family on Ethan’s 8th Birthday. We celebrate in an American Restaurant called Captain America.
Rob arranged a special meeting with other evangelical leaders from all across the city. We had great conversations about how they can work together to reach the city, share God’s love and see God’s Kingdom come to Dublin.
We concluded the evening with a great stroll and train ride home to the Jones’ house. Crashed and let the jet lag take over.
Had breakfast with Rob and Dilys around 8:00 a.m. and then went on a prayer walk through the city on my own. Around 10:30 a.m. I hopped on a train to Belfast to see Lucas and Su Parks. I love the Irish countryside.
Spent an hour with Lucas’ family. Really loved the time with Su and the kids--such kindreds. Loved the drawing Averi, their oldest daughter, gave me when I left their home.
We had fish and chips, Guinness, and amazing conversation at a local pub. Then, spent the afternoon walking and driving to see and pray for the city. It was powerful to learn even more of the history of Belfast.
Took the evening train back to Dublin where Rob met me for some late night conversation about City Collective.
Early morning to catch Vicar Rob Jones lead Holy Communion at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and the "Fresh Expression" service at noon. Many are buzzing about how the noon service is bringing new life to the Church in Ireland. After worship, I participated in a luncheon to share the vision of joining God in the renewal of Dublin with new people.
After a great day of worship, we spent the rest of the afternoon discussing how City Collective can assist Rob and Holy Trinity Church see the kingdom come in Dublin as it is in heaven. Rob blessed me with a final secret “get-away location” he doesn’t share with many folks. We had a great cigar and a Guinness. Guinness really does taste much better in Ireland.
Finished my time thinking and praying for Ireland on the long journey home.