Six years ago, a team from the Evangelical Alliance came together to create a platform for people just like us. 

We are those who find ourselves scratching our heads about faith and life and what they have to say about each other. We are curious. We are those who want to celebrate each other’s talents and hear each other’s stories. We are seeing Jesus transform peoples lives. We are seeing the kingdom come.

As I’ve read articles week after week that have sparked my imagination and caused me to see Jesus at work in the daily rhythms of my life, threads has been a blessing to me. I know it has been a blessing to you too.

In the past six years, full of flux, threads has helped us process what it looks like to live well in our changing world.

As we look back at the threads story, we are deeply grateful for the journey we’ve taken together. Each of the threads have come together to form a pattern displaying what it looked like to follow Jesus in a changing culture.

Yet we believe we’re stepping into a new moment for the church in UK, a new moment for disciples like you and I.

A moment full of opportunity.

As we at the Evangelical Alliance look ahead, we want to focus our vision and energies into initiatives like Public Leadership, Great Commission and our efforts in unity and advocacy. We believe that we can best serve disciples like you, the church throughout the UK and the wider public square by gathering around the common thread of together making Jesus known. 

This platform may be ending, yet the conversation around integrating life and faith will always continue – it’s right at the heart of who we are.

We will continue to lean into this conversation in all we do and we would love to invite you to join us as we do it. 

In this final threads post, we want to leave by saying two things.

Firstly, thank you. 

For every article you read, every comment you made, every like and every share, thank you. And especially to each of you who have written for us over the years, we are so thankful. You each did a wonderful job.

We can’t thank you enough.

Secondly, I know it’s been quoted many times before, but I want to leave you with the words of Frederick Buechner:

“The place God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

As we finish, we want to bless you as you unapologetically pursue purpose, full of faith and empowered by the Spirit of Jesus. You have a role to play in the renewal of all things. Your purpose will fill you with joy and will display the love of Christ to those around us. 

Thank you and bless you.

This is threads signing off.

Over the next few months our website will remain open for you to enjoy six years of brilliant articles.

Written by Stu Bothwell // Follow Stu on  Twitter

Stuart is married to Emma. Together, they live in East Belfast and are passionate about seeking the flourishing of the city. Stuart has recently joined the team at EA and helps co-ordinate threads. There’s little Stuart loves more than sharing meals with friends both old and new.

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