Churches of Christ in SA & NT
REPORT TO MEMBERS ON CONFERENCE REVIEW – No.4 August 2017
Since the last report on the review things have been happening more slowly, but still happening.
It was reported last time that there are three streams to the review. This is the stage where we are active currently.
Prayer Partners are continuing to be contacted once or twice a month with specific requests. These requests focus on the review, but also include other items as appropriate. There are now 61 people from 13 churches registered as Prayer Partners. It is really great to have so many people committed to regularly pray for our churches, and to be praying together via the prayer requests.
Visits to churches are being arranged. A few meetings have been held and some have been arranged, whilst others are still to be negotiated. These meetings with church members are to talk about their dreams and hopes for the future of Churches of Christ. This information will be very important to the review process. I would encourage you to take part in the meeting at your church. The intention is to visit all churches if possible. Those leading the meetings are members of what has been dubbed the Guiding Coalition.
Malcolm May, of Balaklava, is the convenor of the group looking at the financial sustainability of Conference. This group will be looking at different ways to ensure the funding of what we do together.
Thank you for your past involvement in the review and your continued interest. Please feel free to contact me if you would like further information or you would like to offer a comment.
Last month we heard from visiting speakers Dean Phelan and Andrew Menzies talking about Kingdom Communities and how churches can facilitate a much broader imagination in facilitating a range of creative ways people can access the Kingdom of God.
They talked about a book they had co-authored called "Kingdom Communities: Shining the light of Christ through Faith, Hope & Love". Well that book is now published and available for purchase. See the link below to grab your copy.
Here's an endorsement from Mike Frost of Morling College;
"Read this book and I guarantee you’ll be deeply encouraged even before you finish the introduction! God is doing something new, breathing fresh life into his people, sending them out as Kingdom Communities, embedded in neighbourhoods right across the country. Andrew Menzies and Dean Phelan have got their finger on the pulse. Their book is not only full of stories from around Australia, it provides both the theological frame and the practical steps for launching a movement of Kingdom Communities wherever God has placed you."
SURRENDER Adelaide:18 Saints+Citizens | 12-14 October
"Set your hearts on things above, not on earthly things...and the Word became flesh and moved into the neighbourhood".
Consumerism and conflict, politics and power, fear and injustice mark the narrative of our world and our streets. Humanity was created from the dust of the land, yet God breathed His life into us - but have we lost connection to both? As we follow Jesus, how do we understand and balance the call to seek His kingdom coming in the now of our neighbourhoods and world, yet have faith and find hope in the promise of a creation made whole. Can we embody the way of Jesus now as citizens in our places and world, yet hold an eternal identity as saints?
Friday 12 October | 10:00am – 9.00pm (Registrations open at 9:00am)
Saturday 13 October | 10:00am – 9.00pm (Registrations open at 9:00am)
Sunday 14 October | 10:00am – 1:00pm
Marion Church of Christ | Corner Marion Road & Alawoona Avenue, South Australia
Churches of Christ in Australia is a partner organisation with Stop the Traffik. The following information has been provided for Churches of Christ SA & NT to circulate.
Lobby Lab - You Can Make A Difference
Pilgrim Uniting Church Hall, 12 Flinders St, Adelaide
Thursday August 30th 6-7:30pm For more info ring Carolyn 0438040959, Fuzz 0407931115
Slavery is the fastest growing and second largest illegal trade in the world. Australia is developing a Modern Slavery Act that if robust, could help save thousands of people from slavery around the world. We need our politicians to hear that Australians are interested, and want them to know what we think is important!
Fuzz & Carolyn Kitto National Directors of STOP THE TRAFFIK Aust. Coalition and Sky Kakoschke-Moore (former SA Senator) former federal politicians are running workshops to help you know how to contact your Senators and Federal Politicians, know how to talk with them and what are the key points to talk through with them. We have a democratic process in Australia and we think it is good to know how to use it – for the sake of the Common Good.