Changes to the Illawarra Pastors Network

There have been some significant changes to the Illawarra Pastors Network.
The board is now:
Darryl Stewart: Coordinator (ex CMA, and Baptist pastor plus industry experience) 
Warwick Marsh: Fatherhood Foundation and member of other national bodies.
Lloyd Ollerenshaw: Pastor of Shellharbour City Baptist Church.
Jeff Stacey: Long time member of the network, and Bible and revival researcher.
Maree Szalla: Experienced ‘doer’ from the Figtree Church of Christ. 
John Cornford: Retired Anglican canon.

The name of the network has been changed to “KINGDOM CONNECTIONS ILLAWARRA: A Network of Christian Leaders and Churches“.
This has been done for three main reasons:
1. The network is made of a diversity of Christian leaders, not just full time ministers.
2. The name acknowledges the focus of Jesus teaching ministry: the Kingdom of God.
3. There was some confusion between this network and the Illawarra Prayer Network, run by Derek Thompson.

There is a new website which had to be built in a hurry due to stability issues with the old website. It was put together with faithful and sacrificial help by Megan Whittington and “a friend from around the corner”.  

The doctrinal foundation remains unchanged but there has been an attempt to simplify it and focus on the basics of what unites us.

All feedback invited. Email any suggested improvements concerning any aspect of the network to illawarrapastors1@gmail.com
The new board will review all comments along with the results of an earlier survey that was distributed in November 2011.

Please provide any testimonies for the testimonies page. We aim to encourage faith in our readers.

The Wollongong Gospel Choir are available for ministry in our churches or for special events. (See also resources page for further information)

The Catholic church has issued a statement to guide their members on discerning how to vote in the upcoming elections; “Vote for the common good”.

See also the latest from the Canberra Declaration team: Praying for the Coming Election and also items from the Australian Marriage Forum.

There are churches in the region with healing ministries. Another healing ministry, Sozo ANZ  headed up by Dr Kate Jutson may be available to work in local churches. Expressions of interest are invited.


24th July 2013 – D’vine Women’s event – Fighting Depression with Guest Speaker Greg Powell. C3 Church Thirroul women’s team presents a night about depression. He will outline what depression is, ways to cope with it and means to care for others who struggle with it particularly young people and adolescents. Entry is $5.00 – further information

27th July 2013 – The Board Walk – Northern Illawarra Combined Churches Christian Education Board – 9.00am start at Bellambi Lagoon Car Park


5th August 2013 – 40 Days of prayer for the federal elections. Details in the Australian Prayer Network website. The date will probably change when an alternative election date is announced.  


9th and 10th August 2013 – Dr Graeme Goldsworthy will be coming to the Illawarra for a weekend of seminars and is keen to open these up to the churches of the Illawarra. Graeme is probably best known for his book ‘Gospel and Kingdom‘ which has helped many around the world understand ‘the Bible as a whole, so that we can see the plan of salvation as it unfolds step by step‘.  The seminars will be in the form of a free Friday evening talk which will be invaluable to anyone involved in teaching from God’s word, from Scripture and Sunday School teachers to youth group leaders, campus workers and preachers. A more in-depth seminar will follow on the Saturday, digging deeper into the hermeneutical themes raised the previous evening. The Sat seminar will include lunch. Both seminars will be held at Figtree Anglican Church. See flyer


10th August 2013– Listening to God Seminar
Gerringong Uniting Church will be hosting a seminar titled ‘Listening to God’ and led by Beverly West. Beverly is an experienced teacher of God’s Word, has a YWAM background, and was president of Women Aglow for many years. Seminar topics will include: relationship with God, knowing & hearing the voice of God, listening to God is a lifestyle, some of the ways God speaks, conditions to listening to God’s voice, hindrances to listening to God’s voice, fear of God, listening & writing what God says, summary of the principles of God. The seminar will commence at 11am and conclude at 4pm following a practical session. Bring your own lunch, Bible and note book. Afternoon tea provided. For more information please contact Pem Lawrance on 0405 149 602.  

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6 and 7th SeptIllawarra Missions Day at McKinnon Building (67) University of Wollongong. Featuring Geoff Harper (OT lecturer SMBC) and Andrew Collins (International Teams, Chair of Mission Interlink).  


10-11th SeptInsight Conference 2013


21st SeptOver 55s Convention. Enjoying your best years – walking through tough times. At Figtree Anglican Church 


The Micah Challenge (click for details which includes a 3 minute video). This project aims to halve poverty by 2015. The process is for congregations to view a 71/2 minute presentation, send a letter and a group photo to your local politician, and invite participants to sign a petition. Contact Kylie Dundas (from Woonona Baptist) kyliedundas@optusnet.com.au  0411091362


For those who have an interest in, or some heritage from, the early Welsh revivals, this short clip of current events may be of interest.  


Friday breakfasts are on     

A breakfast is held at 7 am every Friday. Venue at the House of Hope Food Barn behind the Harvey Norman Warehouse at Warrawong. It’s great fellowship, and occasionally there are special items!


4. Pray with and for other Christian leaders in your area.


Please note and forward any event items which you would like included in the website  


Blessings, Darryl