I was fortunate to be able to attend the New Wine summer conference last week. In spite of the torrential rain thousands of Christians gathered at Shepton Mallett to camp and worship God together.

New Wine emphasises two things which are very close to my heart: unity ("uniting thousands to worship one") and transformation ("local churches changing nations").

"...that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me." John 17:21

One particularly memorable moment of this year's gathering was Malcolm Duncan explaining about the 17:21 initiative which calls Christians to stand together in unity. It is based on the words of Jesus in John 17:21 "...that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me." Malcolm brought with him a banner displaying the word "ONE" which a selection Christians representing the New Wine gathering marked with their fingerprints, just as other Christians had done from across a range of different Christian events. By doing so a commitment to living, working and worshipping in unity was made.

I believe that unity is crucial if we are to be people who bring God's change to our community and our nation. It's something that I see at work locally. In Great Yarmouth the Food Bank was set up by Christians from several different churches of different denominations and traditions working together to meet an urgent need in the community as an act of worship to God and compassion for the people in our area. God has powerfully used their partnership to feed thousands of people in crisis and support them to find routes out of their difficulties, in a way which could not have been achieved by any group in isolation.

Unity and transformation go hand in hand, as we work together, motivated by our love of Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit to change our community, and in doing so to change our nation and our world.

So here's my fingerprint of commitment to unity. Will you add yours?