OSL began with the Lord’s word to Bishop David in 2009 - to open the old wells. OSL was never a vision to create something new - but to bring together, and help resource, what is already here. It’s about a global acceptance that there will always be things upon which Christians disagree; scriptural interpretation, doctrinal structure; the hows and whys of how we worship, pray, celebrate and reach out to the unsaved.
So, OSL’s vision isn’t about moving memberships from one place to another. Nor to see church ministers and leaders seeking OSL as an alternative to their current denomination. This isn’t about working against the Kingdom. This is about an acceptance that, as Christians, there are details of faith and practice that will always vary by culture, denomination and stream.
This is where we accept that and move on – together. Because that which connects us is far greater and more powerful. Our collective faith, good works, vision for the lost, our resources and capacity (when we consider 33,000 streams and independent churches) is vast. OSL provides an opportunity for everyone to come together and share these resources – to ‘come to the well’. In this way, OSL adds to the Kingdom.
We know that OSL’s purpose will continue to develop in its interaction with more members, partners and friends as the years progress.