CityServe has begun with a bang
Pray with, and for, other Leaders and Churches in your Area
CityServe information day:
On Thursday Oct 9 at the Albion Park Uniting Church, around 50 local church leaders gathered to hear a presentation by Rick Prosser and Jason Cleare on how CityServe has impacted the city of Newcastle.
The statistics were impressive, the outcomes amazing.
Jason, The Council project manager for CityServe didn’t focus so much on how such a huge project is managed, but on how he became a Christian through contact with the Christian community.
Rick shared at length and answered a lot of thoughtful questions from those present.
Key points were:
This is not a platform to preach but to build relationships.
We don’t drive a faith journey but work at a value level.
Our role is to institutionalise a culture of collaboration.
Churches, when working together, can focus on pastoring a city
CityServe must spring from a spirit of unity, it’s not just about projects.
The church workload is typically one weekend in October.
Presentation summary (2 minute read)
Letter that came with a gift of $1000 from Newcastle to help get Shellharbour CityServe up and running
Details of first local project November 1st at Little Park Shellharbour
Download of CityServe promotion video (this is only available for a few days)
The Shellharbour mayor, Marianne Saliba, has already indicated that she is very positive and will promote the Mayoral Prayer Breakfast and CityServe on their website and within Council.
Rev Jim Wilson, an Anglican minister from U.S.A., has had a series of meetings with leaders in the Illawarra. He is a remarkable man. Jim is driven by a desire to contribute to a world wide awakening. He recognised Australia as being a “covenant nation” with a Christian heritage and wanted to encourage Christians to not fold under attacks on our historical Christian values. He has seen places where there is unity amongst churches and the transformation of cities. He was given the opportunity to pray for the mayor of Shellharbour.
30th October 2014. Shine Information Night 7-9 pm at the Stockland Shellharbour Community Room. The event is hosted by City Women. Women are invited to come to an information night to find out what’s involved in starting a Shine program, what it takes to volunteer or a coordinator, and to ask questions.
Monday 3rd November 2014 Preaching seminar with Mike Raiter.
“Preaching that connects; Getting applications right” – “Exegesis is easy. It’s application that’s hard.” Many of us struggle to bring applications that are true to the text and speak into people’s lives. This workshop will explore how we can preach sermons that connect.
Friday 7th November 2014 Shellharbour Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast at Bella Portofino Shellharbour. This is a combined churches event encouraging the wider Christian community to pray for the city. Special speaker Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione. It will also be the launch of CityServe Shellharbour
Friday November 21st – Sunday 23rd. A small group have planned to visit Bridgeman Baptist Community Church in Brisbane This church has a growing congregation of around 2000 each week. You are invited to meet with the senior pastor, Peter Sweetman. My daughter describes him as as humble, wise, passionate and driven. This church has lots to teach and inspire any congregation that wishes to grow. The heart of the church is centred in following Jesus who, “welcomed the crowds, spoke to them about the Kingdom of heaven and healed those who needed healing.” Luke 9:11.
Please ask someone from your church to join us for the weekend. Contact Darryl Stewart 0419290853
YWAM Wollongongis organisingGo Fest Sydney June 24-27 2015.
This event is for all who have a heart to work with churches, school groups or anyone sharing the vision to see a new wave of young and old alike connecting to God’s wonderful call on their lives. For more information visit Facebook.com/gofestsydney,or contact Sydney Go Fest email
7.30 Friday Morning Breakfasts meet at the offices of Warwick Marsh, Dads4Kids, behind Central Rd shops, through KFC car park Unanderra
The greatest churches in the Illawarra are soon, or now being born
A young preacher preached a message to a congregation on a special occasion.
God richly blessed the message and it hit with great impact.
The young man enjoyed the obvious appearances of success, and afterwards, going home with his wife, evidently thinking over and enjoying the results of that powerful ministry in his own heart, he said to her, “I wonder how many great preachers there are in the world?”
His wife replied, “One less than you think!”
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