In this edition you will find:
Messages from our State Minister and our President
News from the Colonel Light Gardens Church of Christ
World Day of Prayer info
Youth and Young Adults Network key dates for 2022
Join us for our Churches of Christ celebration night at Aldgate Church of Christ At the Village Well on Friday November 19th from 7pm.
We will be sharing some fantastic stories about new ministry initaitives emerging around the state as well as hearing from our State Minister, Peter Barney.
We will also celebrate the ordination of Craig Schultz
All welcome. Please join us.
Churche sof Christ Modbury are seeking to appoint a full-time Ministry Team Leader commencing early to mid-2022 for an initial term of 5 years but with a vision for long term leadership.
Expressions of Interest for this position, including a C.V., will be received up to Friday 26th November 2021 and should include a covering letter briefly addressing the above essential and desirable requirements.
Further enquiries and Expressions of Interest initially directed to our Ministry Search Team via firstname.lastname@example.org or call Linda on 0439 808 876
A congregation profile is attached. More information available at the link below
The Victor Harbor Church of Christ, located on the south-central coast of South Australia is excited about its place in the future of this growing city
As a community of strong faith centred in Jesus we are desiring to grow with the city and are currently seeking to find the person most suited to take on the role of Ministry Team Leader with the shared aim of serving and working together to take on this venture of growth
The Team Leader qualities we are looking for in this season would be of the strategic, apostolic, empowering nature, with the clear understanding of communication and cooperation across the Christian community being an essential, shared priority.
Expressions of interest in this Ministry Team Leader role are invited with November 30th, 2021 being the closing date for such submissions.
The Ministry Profile is available on request from the State Office of Churches of Christ or by contact with the Chairperson of the Victor Harbor Church of Christ Leadership Team
The Congregation Profile is attached.
The first meeting at Point Sturt was in the tent home of William Crawford in 1855. A Church was then built, opening in 1861, free of debt. David Mann supervised the construction of the building and also built the cedar seats. The slate roof which still remains was the work of James Crabb Verco. An organ was purchased in 1925.
Baptisms were performed in the lake. In 1868 there were 53 scholars in the Sunday School.
In 1900 it was considered acceptable for a wage of 104 pounds per year for a married man and 80 pounds per year for a single man.
There will be a service at this well maintained building on August 22nd at 2.00pm. Grant Simpson will be the speaker and Daryll Telfer is leading the service. Although not in regular use for many years, we are still celebrating 160 years of the faithful witness of this Church.
Enquiries and registrations for attendance can be made to Carolyn Yelland 0412 499 302.
In this edition:
"Welcome to the Internet" - Peter Barney
Pt Sturt 160th Anniversary
A new initiative at Modbury
GMP responds to the Cudlee Creek bushfire
"Ask not what your church can do for you"
The Noarlunga Centre Church of Christ is seeking a full time minister. The proposed term of the contract is for 5 years based on the current Churches of Christ SA & NT salary package and conditions.
See details attached for further information and what is required for an application.
Applications close November 30th, 2021.
God’s agency, God’s mission, God’s church: Discerning a missional ecclesiology in your context.
August 12-14 @ Aldgate Church of Christ
Speakers include Dr Karina Kreminski & Dr Armen Gakavian from Neighbourhood Matters; Dr Mathew Jane’s Gray, lecturer in theology and church history from Tabor College; Mark Riessen, practical theology lecturer at Tabor College and Mission & Ministry Director for Churches of Christ; Peter Barney, State Minister for Churches of Christ, and Uncle Frank Wanganeen, Kuarna Elder.
We've had to make a lot of adjustments to this years program due to restrictions so unfortunately Armen and Karina will need to join us via Zoom. The good news is that we are still able to gather for the conference while adhering to South Australian restrictions and the rest of our speakers are local. The Thursday and Friday are designed for Churches of Christ ministers but the Saturday part of the program is designed for everyone.
The speakers will be exploring how the dynamic activity of God's mission in the world invites the church to discern and participate with the activity of God in their neighbourhoods. We will explore theological reflection and practice, engagement with scripture, the role of prayer and what to expect when the mission of God disrupts and forms the church for being an effective witness of the gospel.
The event is fully catered and registrations are essential. Ministers have the registeration link for the full program but members of Churches of Christ congregations in SA are welcome to register for the Saturday via the link below.
Here's a look at the program:
Thursday August 12
Mark Riessen: “Can these bones live?”
Karina Kreminski: The Mission and Disruption of God
Peter Barney: Participating in life in Christ as a movement of churches
Friday August 13
Matthew Gray: Shut up and Listen!: discerning the call of God
Matthew Gray: The discipline of waiting: God doesn’t respond to our demands
Karina Kreminski: The small, slow work of God
Saturday August 14
Matthew Gray: It’s worth the wait
Uncle Frank Wanganeen: Welcome to country followed by a conversation about partnering with Indigenous Ministries Australia
Karina Kreminski & Armen Gakavian: Place making
Armen Gakavian: Neighbouring in the margins
On Saturday April 24th 2021, Tabor College hosted a graduation for the graduating students of 2019 and 2020 in lieu of last years cancelled graduation ceremony. Among the graduates were 9 students who were from Churches of Christ or connected with Churches of Christ through the Tabor Churches of Christ Study Centre. It is a great privilege as the Director of the Centre for nearly 6 years to assist so many students in setting up ministry placements with or churches so they can develop their ministry skills. I am grateful to the many churches who have journeyed with us and contributed to the development of these minister.
Not all students made it to the graduation ceremony but this picture captures something of the growing diversity of our student cohort. From left to right here are the graduates and the churches who hosted their placements named alongside them.
Riley Sapsford, Diploma in Theology (Elizabeth Church of Christ); Greg Woolner, Bachelor of Ministry (Murray Bridge & Victor Harbor Churches of Christ); Martin Lee, Master of Divinity (Magill Church of Christ); Mark Riessen, Director Tabor Churches of Christ Study Centre, Faculty Ministry, Theology & Culture & Director of Mission & Ministry; Heather Restall, Master of Divinity (Hewett & Colonel Light Gardens Churches of Christ); Tanya Bobin, Bachelor of Ministry (Blair Athol Church of Christ).
Graduates not pictured include:
Benjamin Rowe, Bachelor of Intercultural Studies (Elizabeth Church of Christ & Streetlight); Collin Heslop, Bachelor on Ministry (Magill Church of Christ & Owen United Church); Jacob Johnson, Bachelor of Ministry (Aldgate Church of Christ); Craig Schultz, Graduate Diploma in Ministry (Brighton & Blackwood Churches of Christ).
Congratulations to all our graduates and thank you to all the churches involved in helping our students develop in ministry.
We currently have 18 Churches of Christ students enrolled at Tabor College completing studies with the school of Ministry, Theology & Culture. If you would like to find out more about the Tabor Churches of Christ Study Centre, discuss study options, find out how to host a student ministry with your church or would like to contribute financially to the development of our students, please contact Mark Riessen at email@example.com