1. Healthy habits of Christian leaders who see their pastorates as the entire city
2. Regional Events
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Christian leaders who see the whole city as his/her pastorate….
Pray lots for the city or area.
Get to know the political, business, community and social leaders personally.
Team up with other leaders and churches.
Are comfortable with and promote combined church and church/community events.
Grow their church members from being a one day audience to a seven day army.
See and use differences as diverse strengths.
Get nervous about a culture of conformity, routine and compliance.
Are flexible, listen, learn and love.
Remember, the spiritual life of the city is our responsibility
Along these lines, we have the Wollongong By-election on Saturday November 12th. The Christian Democratic Party are looking for volunteers who can man polling booths, chat to and bless voters as the occasion arises, plus pray for the outcome of the election. This is not a waste of time. Lets get visible!
We can meet Paul Green at the Shellharbour breakfast on Friday (see below)
Contact Michelle Ryan in Sydney on 9633 3255 or Dennis Bagnall locally on 0402109831
Also remember in prayer Michelle Blicavs and Chris Connor, local Christian City Councillors.
Listen to 15 minute biography of Leonard Ravenhill. Follow link.
It’s a bit scary when a man immersed in the Scriptures and filled with the Holy Spirit speaks with a unique anointing.
Excited Feedback from the Movie about Hillsong ‘Let Hope Rise’ (from one Patron)
Opening night, Thursday 6th October, the cinema was full. I saw people I knew from churches across our city – many I hadn’t seen for years! And I found out about a few new churches that had started in recent years… During the movie we all sang along, some stood and worshipped, many of us cried and laughed. Just like all good movies there was drama, comedy and action. But this one clearly had the touch of the Holy Spirit. Watching the journey of Hillsong United was truly inspirational and encouraging to see how God is working across the planet through music.
When the movie finished, we didn’t just put our popcorn in the bins and leave – in fact the ushers had to encourage us to leave the cinema! We all hung around for at least half an hour after the movie and talked. It was just like being in Church – the service was over and it was time to fellowship… It was great to catch up with old friends and people from our neighbouring churches. There was a real sense of God’s presence – that we were His children and His family getting together.
Some couldn’t make it on the night but I know many attended that weekend. The movie was shown around the country and whilst we don’t have the actual statistics, we believe the impact of the Movie on our Illawarra Churches alone has been amazing.
(The theatre won’t confirm the showings or numbers, but it has been reported that the sessions were extended)
“The more diverse a team, the greater the effectiveness”
A quote from Pastor Paul Stevens, ex professional NRL player speaking at the recent Pulse 94.1 AGM Dinner. Paul applied this to rugby teams and the Body of Christ.
This saying is also food for thought as we choose friends, staff, leaders and those who we hang out with.
Coming in November, the Mel Gibson movie Hacksaw Ridge, the true story of a Christian conscientious objector in World War II. This may be us one day… (blue highlighted words are links)
United call to Prayer & Fasting for Marriage & Families through October 2016
This call for prayer originated from the Bishops in the catholic church and it is the most historic biblical combined church prayer event in the history of the Australian church. It was supported by the Sydney Anglicans (Archbishop Glenn Davies) and other Anglicans all over Australia, Lutheran church of Australia, Baptist church of Australia, Salvation Army, Seventh Day Adventist, Assembly of Confessing Congregations within the Uniting Church, Orthodox churches, C3 (Sydney) Christian Revival Crusade and the Australian Christian Churches. They took up the challenge at a national level and shared the call with state leaders and encouraged them to run with this call for prayer and fasting for marriage and families. Many other churches and prayer ministries too numerous to mention also supported this historic prayer call.
I am writing to your in regard to the CityServe Project at Lake Illawarra High School. The Project is to create a space for the students to learn and socialise in. The first use of this area will be for the year 6 primary school children to attend their transitions days for Year 7.
The area so far has had two working bees:
1. September 24th. Clearing of the compound of trees, old bricks, old disorderly garden beds and rubbish.
2. October 15th we attended in force with 76 volunteers to build 7 large seating benches, erect the four pergolas, create new gardens and to lay turf.
To complete the project we need to install the roofing on the four pergolas, pour the concrete slabs for the pergola and outdoor kitchen area and create the crushed gravel paths.
On Saturday November the 12th we will be returning to Lake Illawarra High School to complete the CityServe project.
In consultation with Glen Fairweather and Dean Piccarillo from CityServe Shellharbour Community Church we ask that you may announce during your next services and/or by email to your member congregation for any tradies and handymen that may be able to assist in this final part of the project.
8 – 12 men to complete the pergola roofing.
2-3 Qualified concreter tradies for the concrete slab
10 Men and women with wheelbarrows to bring in the crushed gravel and complete the paths and some good labourers.
Would anticipate up to 30 volunteers in all would be great.
Could you please ask anyone keen to assist in completing this project to reply asap so we can determine numbers of tradies and labourers for this event.
I am happy for them to contact me by mobile 0417 027 472
Shellharbour Prayer Breakfast. Friday October 28th.
Join with us as we celebrate the work of City Serve and pray for our city.
We are honoured to host Member of the NSW Legislative Council, Paul Green as the keynote speaker for the Shellharbour Prayer Breakfast for 2016.
Paul was elected to the NSW Legislative Council in 2011 after previously representing his city as Councillor for Shoalhaven City Council and Mayor from 2008 to 2012. Paul now works alongside Rev. Hon. Fred Nile MLC, bringing a Christian response to policy and laws. Together they hold the balance of power in the NSW Upper House. Paul is known for his fairness and impartiality amongst the state colleagues and the constituents he has the privilege of representing.
Paul brings with him words of encouragement from years of experience in leadership and public life that undoubtedly has had many highs and lows. He will share how his personal faith had helped him navigate the journey.
It is our pleasure and honour to warmly welcome him to our prayer breakfast this year.
The breakfast is held at Ravensthorpe, Albion Park from 7am.
Join us for our next Gospel for the Gong event where Peter Jensen will be speaking on ‘Why I am Still a Christian’ – after almost six decades experience since becoming one!
SPEAKER: Peter Jensen is a former Principal of Moore College and Archbishop of Sydney. He is a gentle controversialist and well-known preacher and pastor.
Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. Figtree Anglican Church 28, 29th October
FAC have been selected as 1 of only 20 sites across Australia this year, to host the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit (GLS)! The GLS to be held across Friday evening & Saturday is conducted via videocast. Be inspired and equipped as you hear from an incredible range of up-to-date, high impact leaders; some of the best in the world, including Melinda Gates, Patrick Lencioni, Travis Bradberry, Danielle Strickland & John Maxwell. Check out the Willow Creek website for more details about the event and speakers.Wollongong Session
Every Friday Morning Prayer Breakfasts 7.00 am (now earlier)For prayer, fellowship and great start to the day. Meets at the offices of Warwick Marsh, Dads4Kids, behind Central Rd shops, through KFC car park Unanderra.
The Doctor was puzzled “I’m very sorry but I can’t diagnose your trouble, Mahoney. I think it must be drink. ”
“Don’t worry about it Dr. Kelley, I’ll come back when you’re sober.”
Oh Look, A Church Visitor!
Pray with, and for, other Christian leaders in your area.
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