Since July 2013 James Bowden has served as the State Youth Minister half time while being the Associate Minister at Blackwood Church of Christ. It is with sadness and gratitude that we said fare well to James from his State Youth Ministry role on March 10th. James will be taking some time off as he and Carly welcome their second child into the world very soon. In the middle of this year James will commence ministry at Blackwood Church of Christ in a full time capacity as the Ministry Team Leader.
We are grateful for the work James has facilitated in building up and sustaining youth ministries across the state. He spent a lot of his time, mentoring, training and caring for youth leaders in our churches. James was also overseeing State Youth Games and our state youth camping ministry.
In a message to leaders James says: "I’ve loved being able to serve alongside you all these last few years. It has been a massive privilege to see God at work in and through you and a real blessing to receive your support. Your character and faith has been a visible reminder to me that God – in his own patient and gracious way – is at work in our world, and nothing will stop him from bringing that work to completion."
In James' absence the State Ministry Team is working on a transition to ensure commitment to supporting the growth of our state youth ministry continues. Two new roles are being created to replace the State Youth Minister: Youth Events Coordinator and Youth Ministry Coach. These two roles will be supported and guided by a newly re-formed Youth Vision SA Executive. There will be more details on this to come.
In the October Need2Know you will find:
- An article by Scott Combridge
- An update on marriage enrichment resources from Mark Riessen
- Surrender Conference event info
- News from Stirling Theological College, GMP and CareWorks
- Convention 2018 update
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