1. Assessing your church and ministry
2. Safe Schools Programme
3. Proposed Illawarra Prayer Centre (It’s about a network of prayer centres based in individual churches)
4. Regional events.
(Blue highlights are links)
1. Assessing how church is going: See a note from Ron Thomas fromCity Life Church Fairy Meadow
We’re in the process of formalizing this but here’s the gist.
Central thought is for God’s people to engage in practices that develop the three relationships Jesus commanded ie. Love God; Love Each Other (Fellowship); Love our Neighbour (Others).
Each point is expanded by three:
1. Love God: Read His Word; Pray; Hear His Voice
2. Love Each Other: Show Up to build Gatherings; Form Friendships; Help and Serve
3. Love Others: Form Friendships; Pray for God’s touch; Live an Open Faith Life.
We are developing a simple 3×3 discussion matrix with these 9 practices to be used with small group and missional community leaders to assess engagement and give direction to group development. There’s a lot of background and heaps of other valid practices but this is the basics of what we’ve ended up with.
Blessings – Ron
Wollongong – Australia
In discussion, Ron shared the long journey to get to this. They were trying to stay away from raw numbers, yet having something to measure and focus direction; not be judgmental, but having a handy simple tool for all leaders; plus sticking to basics.
2. Safe Schools Programme: This is a critical time for the future of our children. Parents don’t generally understand what our high school children are being exposed to, plus many kids are embarrassed to share this stuff at home.
Please read these links carefully and respond accordingly.
It’s encouraging that the Prime Minister is now looking into this.
Australian Prayer Network item(follow archived items as well)
3. Illawarra Prayer Centre:
How desperate do we have to be?
The model for a regional prayer centre used in Whatcom County in the US northwest is just so unbelievably easy to reproduce.
See the following links:
1. Jason Hubbard Testimony- Waves of Glory
2. The Whatcom Story by Light of the World Prayer Centre, see Review Article.
Ken Bartsch fromYWAM at Port Kembla has his home just 10 minutes drive north of Whatcom, over the border in Canada. He knows the area well and although now residing in Australia, still has contact with some pastors there. He describes the area as the “Byron Bay of the USA”. What struck him was that the individual churches primarily identify themselves as The church in Whatcom county. Ken talked glowingly about the relationships between the churches, church growth, church planting and the power of prayer.
A way forward would be for local fraternals to take the concept on as a key project.
That means that we need a few brave, non threatened, big picture, creative church leaders to give it a go.
4. Regional Events
3rd Feb to 25th March City Wednesday Bible Talks
Paul, prisoner and Martyr is the topic for the series of Bishop Reg Piper’s Wednesday lunch time Bible Talks to be held in the Ocean Room of the Wollongong Town Hall, corner of Crown and Kembla Streets from 3 Feb to 25 March. The doors open 12.30-1.30pm. Lecture times from 12.45-1.15pm sharp. Notes are provided. All welcome. All free. Further info: 0408 029 379. Reg is a pastoral historian in the best of Anglican heritage and the talks are a goldmine.
Around 150 people from about 2 dozen churches attended the theIllawarra Day of Prayer and Fasting at the Lighthouse church
The Wollongong Prayer Breakfast Launchwas also a great success with the Salvation Army Cafe Essay packed out. Brett Davis asked who’s kingdom we were building and left us an indelible phrase “We are better together”
Brett used the verse:
“Master,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.”
“Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.”
40 Days of Prayer and Fasting 18th Feb – 29th Mar 2016.
Follow above link for full information. See an inspirational 2 minute clip featuring indigenous Australians taking a lead in calling us to pray for the nation.
Prayer and fasting moves mountains. We can participate in many ways.
City Breakfast Monday March 1st
Leigh Hatcher, radio announcer, presenter of sky news, political and European correspondent for the seven network and holder of numerous other positions in the communications field disappeared from public view because of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. He has read, spoken widely and written on this mysterious sickness. Leigh now enjoys better health and works as Director of Public Affairs for Hammond Care. Leigh is Guest Speaker at the City Breakfast to be held at the Wollongong Golf Club on 1st March. It includes a buffet breakfast, runs from 7.00am to 8.15am and costs $30. Booking is through Trybooking. Any difficulty in booking should be directed to Ian McKensey. Bookings close Friday 19 March 12 noon.
Gateway City Church Supernatural Conference March 3-6th
See website for contact details.
World Day of Prayer Friday March 4th (see link)
Seventh Day Adventist Church Victoria St Wollongong 10am
St Marks Anglican Church Crown St 10am
St Stephens Anglican Church Port Kembla 11am
Holy Cross Catholic Church Helensburgh 1030am
Uniting Church Austinmer
East Corrimal Community Baptist Church
Albion Park Uniting Church 11am
St Pauls Anglican Church Shellharbour 9.30am
Dapto Baptist Church 11am
Kiama Presbyterian Church 10am
Every Friday Morning Prayer Breakfasts 7.30 am. 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.
There has been some initial interest in sponsoring a regional event of Praise and Celebration this year.
Q: How do you make God laugh?
A: Tell Him your plans.
Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and, with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him a super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.
Pray with, and for, other Christian leaders in your area.
How is your fraternal going?
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