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“Mission starts in our hearts in conversation
We catch up with Scot McKnight as he
and moves out into the prepares to inspire and challenge at the
whole world,” STEVE MCALPINE PAGE 5 Vose Conference this month. PAGE 10 >>
5 KBC to Thailand
Western Australia’s goldfields
are not as remote as they
once were, proving the world
On 8 July, NASA launched the space shuttle Atlantis for the final time to the International Space Station. is a much smaller place >>
Given the space shuttle program’s popularity and notable successes, many are mystified that the program
is being scrapped. However, the decision to shut it down illustrates an important leadership principle
pertaining to innovation …
JOHN MAXWELL PAGE 12 >>
Engaging with God’s Word 8 Live well; die well
Dr Peter Christofides is the newest member of the when you see people engaging bookings to speak in some of the I wake up to a new day,
staff at Vose Seminary. His role as New Testament with God’s Word. Things happen churches,” Dr Christofides said. and with it a new context
in lives.” Dr Christofides’ office at in which to live out life’s
Lecturer fits well with his passion for Biblical
“As I look back I see God’s hand Vose is still being renovated, but greatest adventure >>
languages. He has two doctorates in ‘New Testament all over our lives. The opportunity the energetic teacher is already
issues of peace and reconciliation’ and ‘Rediscovering to work at Casuarina Baptist; putting the finishing touches to
the role of the laity for ministry in the church’. meeting up again with Brian the lectures he will give in second
Harris after a long break, and now semester starting on 25 July.
joining the team at Vose Seminary “We pray for God’s grace to
said. “The elders kept telling me to to do what I really love — teaching face things in life — like moving
slow down.” people the New Testament and country, changing work,” Dr
Dr Christofides was Prinicpal of “I’m passionate about reading Biblical languages. It’s amazing!” Christofides said. “Then we’re
Rosebank Bible College and Head the Bible, so we ran a pilot program He is excited about visiting shocked when we see it. We’re just
of Biblical Languages at the Baptist for the Scripture Union’s daily Baptist churches across Western so pleased to be here in Perth. It’s
Theological College of Southern reading program called ‘e100’,” Australia. so beautiful.”
Africa until he left for Australia Dr Christofides said. “It’s exciting “I’ve already got some 11 Food crisis in
with his family. Africa
Same sex marriage
An engaging communicator, The United Nations reports
Dr Christofides was also an six million people are
executive producer with the currently suffering from
Department of Religious reaffirmed marriage as the union The Australian Christian food shortages >>
Broadcasting for the South African of one man and one woman, Lobby’s current edition of their
Broadcasting Corporation. Victorian Baptist Reverend Nathan and commended the Australian public policy magazine Viewpoint
Brought up in South Africa Nettleton expressed sentiments Government for reflecting the discusses same sex marriage with
by Greek parents who migrated
from Cyprus, Dr Christofides left
in an ABC Compass program on
same sex marriage legislation
Biblical teaching on marriage in
the Federal Marriage Act. Marriage
a debate between the Australian
Family Association’s Terri Kelleher
Johannesburg in July 2009 with broadcast on Sunday 10 July that is not the appropriate institution and Rodney Croome from building trust
his wife Maria and young son prompted a quick response from for same sex couples. Marriage Equality.
Michael to find a safer place in the the denomination’s national body, The ABM supports the right of Terri Kelleher said: “Defending within Baptist
world to live.
For the next two years he
Australian Baptist Ministries
all couples to justice with respect
to property and like entitlements
marriage is both reasonable and
entirely compatible with equality
worked as the Senior Pastor In a press release on 11 July, and acknowledges that people, and justice. Unfortunately,
of Casuarina Baptist Church ABM spokesperson, Rev. Rod including some in Baptist however, the debate is often
in Darwin and saw God bring Bensley, said Rev. Nettleton’s churches, face difficult issues framed as a simplistic division of
significant growth to the church. views do not represent the views with respect to sexuality. They enlightened progressives versus
The family recently moved to of Australian Baptist Ministries say recognition of such rights and prejudiced bigots. But name
Perth so Dr Christofides could or an overwhelming majority of difficulties does not justify major calling neatly avoids the one
begin his new role at Vose Baptists in Australia and around changes to their convictions essential element of the debate:
Seminary. the world. about marriage or to marriage thoughtful consideration of the
“I struggled with the pace of In November 2010, ABM legislation. institution of marriage itself.”
life in Darwin for the first year,” he
2 my view
Shifting the burden
Peter Senge in his book The Fifth Discipline attending. To deal with the a purpose rather than people’s
introduces us to the concept of thinking about symptoms the leadership might personal preference. This is
decide to take unilateral action a longer, slower, more effort
systems that operate in our organisations and
and change the worship to a consuming route, but one that in
how the awareness of these dynamics give us style that is attractive to potential the long-term will have a greater
the opportunity to discover productive ways of new people. The unintended chance of solving the problem.
solving the problems that we inevitably face. side effect may be that some of Putting up with a delay
the regular attendees become between the course of action we
One of the situations he they often have unintended side disgruntled and leave making take and achieving the result we
describes, called ‘shifting the effects which leads to a more it difficult to maintain a roster desire is better than applying
burden’ is about our tendency to complex problem rather than a for music. In effect, the problem a symptomatic solution that
focus on solutions that address solution. has become larger rather than causes unintended side effects.
Steve Ingram the symptoms of a problem, For example; the church smaller. The underlying issue
Steve Ingram is a Baptist but do not treat the underlying leadership might recognise is actually that the original
Pastor and Church Liaison issues. We often look for that the church’s worship style worship style has been decided
Consultant for Baptist symptomatic solutions because for their outreach services, by preference rather than
Churches Western Australia. dealing with the underlying although it is comfortable for the purpose. A better solution would
issues takes time and a good deal current members, is potentially be to educate the congregation
more effort. The problem with inhibiting new people from about the concept of allowing
symptomatic solutions are that the wider community from the worship style to be driven by
Does God find us parking?
“So what’s your take?” he asked me. “Does God help Japanese theologians who have God cares about the small details
us to find parking, or is that beneath his dignity?” been discussing the theology of of our lives. There is no question
the suffering of God in the light about that. The real question is
of the recent earthquakes in that whether we care about anything
I hedged my bets. “Well, I’ve a valid, albeit unpopular, answer. country. Sobering stuff. Not all else.
heard people argue for both Actually, I think those who conferences are fun. We’ve all
sides. Some feel it’s a bit of a dismiss the notion that God seen the pictures, but there is
cheek to expect God to drop cares whether it rains on our something especially haunting
everything so that we can park a birthday miss the point. This is when you hear the stories from
little closer to Coles, while others the God who knows how many those who were there and who Those who
suggest that being God, it’s done hairs we have on our head. Our are still living with the aftermath.
with such ease that it’s not an own estimate is unlikely to be And it wasn’t just an earthquake. ask receive
Dr Brian Harris
issue.” If this were an academic
article, I’d insert a footnote to
accurate to within 500, so that is
scarily detailed information.
Add to it the Tsunami and then
the nuclear fallout — the latter will
Dr Brian Harris is the explain that there are times I’m writing this at the annual be around for decades ... who don’t
Principal of Vose Seminary when in the wider purposes of gathering of the Baptist World But I’m wandering from the
and Senior Pastor of Carey God the decision is that finding Alliance — this year in Kuala topic. Does God find us parking walk further!
Community Baptist Church. a parking bay is not advisable, Lumpur. I’m just back from a bays and is it appropriate to pray
and I’d remind readers that no is meeting addressed by three about such matters? Of course
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NAIDOC Week CRC opening
home work group for primary
The formal opening Pastor Paul McKeich’s office
of the Mt Barker is also situated in the Centre.
“We’re very excited about
how this whole project is
Centre, the home of Mt connecting the church strongly
Barker Baptist Church with the community,” Paul said.
and a raft of community
groups, including the
library, is set for We’re very excited
Photo: Richard Capper
later this year. about how this
This collaboration between whole project
a Baptist Church, the local Shire
and community groups is a first is connecting
Members of Mount Zion Aussie Indigenous Church singing at their service to celebrate NAIDOC Week.
in Western Australia.
Groups already using the
facility include Centrelink, an strongly with the
the ‘skin name’ Jangala and way. It is an opportunity to after school and vacation child
Garimara. We’ve known them demonstrate unity in the Lord care centre, Foodbank and a community.
Two West Australian since they began their ministry with our indigenous brothers
Baptist churches to the Martu people around and sisters. The whole thing is a
Newman and Jigalong,” Keith special and moving experience
have marked this
said. — as is the whole process of
year’s NAIDOC “When they settled in reconciliation,” Craig said.
(National Aborigines Newman they asked me — in “The gathering was also
and Islanders Day my pastoral capacity — to take attended by Keith’s son Ashley,
watchful care for a couple of their who is the 43rd indigenous law
church and family members who graduate from the University of
Week with a unique were coming down to Perth for Western Australia, making the
joint worship service hospitalisation. We visited them day just that bit more special.”
and time of fellowship in their homes as well as having Keith agrees it is important
church outreach meetings, and I to mark NAIDOC Week in the
— the second year
am still continuing this ministry.” church’s calendar. “As two church
that Yangebup Baptist “We’ve also shared Easter groups, we are able to present a
Church and Mount meetings around the Newman Christian perspective to whatever
Zion Aussie Indigenous area over many years. Some the theme for the year is. This
Martu people are a regular part year it was ‘Change: the next step
Church (MOZAIC) of
of our congregation and some of is ours’.”
Belmont have met them have been baptised in the “Christians are always in
together to celebrate Swan River,” he said. the business of getting people
their faith in God. Yangebup is only about half reconciled to God, otherwise
an hour away from MOZAIC in they have no lasting peace,” he
MOZAIC Pastor, Keith Truscott Belmont and all the members explained.
said it was very exciting to be able were excited to catch up over “And if two different Baptist
Photo: Jill Birt
to mark NAIDOC Week in such a a meal and celebration of their churches who reach to different
special way with the Christians faith. Yangebup Baptist Church national groups in their
at Yangebup Baptist Church, Pastor, Craig Siggins, said this congregation can meet together
however his church’s association year’s joint service was a great in Christ Jesus’ name, then this
with Pastor Craig and Lyn Siggins celebration. is the gospel in practice and Mt Barker Community Resource Centre Manager Steve Shoebridge
goes back more than 15 years. “I think it is very important honours the glory and majesty of and Pastor Paul McKeich with new library equipment made by men at
“We call Craig and Lyn by to mark NAIDOC Week in this God the Father.” Pardelup Prison Farm.
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Albany celebrates together
program which included music
items, an engaging historical
More than 200 people presentation of the Christian
from churches across community of Albany and some
vibrant worship led by a band
Albany met at Albany
with a strong brass section.
Baptist Church to Eighty young people from
celebrate Church several local churches including
Together on 10 July. Calvary Chapel, the Brethren,
Salvation Army, Living Water
“It was amazing,” Shaphan Anglican, Church of Christ and
Williams, a youth leader at the Baptist Church met in the gym
Troode St Church said. “There where the Troode Street band,
was an expo from 6:00 pm to fronted by Jesse Small, led the
7:00 pm where churches had group in several worship songs.
displays of their ministries and Joel Baty guided the
community work.” group through some team
“Pregnancy Problem House, games before they watched
a new ministry in town was Compassion’s latest video clip,
there, as were representatives featuring the Perth guys How
from Youth Care and Ridiculous shooting basketball
Photo: Shaphan Williams
Compassion.” hoops from incredible locations.
After the expo, age specific Chris Green, Baptist
programs were available for Churches Western Australia’s
children, youth and adults. Youth, Children and Young
Anglican Bishop Alan Adults Consultant, made the
Newing spoke to the adult trip from Perth to speak to the
congregation. His message young people. His talk titled The Troode Street band fronted by Jesse Small performed several worship songs at Church Together in Albany.
focused on the importance of ‘How to be a fake Christian’ was
living in relationship with Jesus humorous and interactive. Many “About a month ago 60 young At the end of the various Albany with Sally Puzey from
every day of the week, not just of the group found what he said people met to pray for their programs groups met together Albany Baptist Church the key
on Sundays. challenging as well as inspiring. churches, the local community for tea and coffee, hot pies and organiser on site.
Pastor Norm Baty from “This isn’t the first time and themselves, so it was great cold drinks.
Troode Street Church Albany’s youth have got to follow that up with Church The event was run by the
introduced the evening’s together recently,” Shaphan said. Together.” Church Leaders Fellowship in
Purple bras for cancer
At the North Beach Baptist Roy Williams, who runs the
Church’s Share In craft group re-cycle table each week at Share
Share In has run Michael dressed in a purple bra to In, joined Michael on stage to
each Friday morning encourage the 250 people in the encourage the people to give.
audience to give to this special “Yes, we looked pretty
for the past 27 years.
cause. ridiculous,” Michael said, “but it
Fundraising for “I lost two siblings to cancer,” was for a very good cause. We
community projects Michael said. “My brother Phil raised $500 from the people at
Photo: Eleanor Daniels
rarely happens, but the died in 1966 and 17 years ago my Share In and the organising
sister Rosemary died from breast committee added another $200.”
needs of the WA Breast
cancer.” Extra funds came in over the
Cancer group and Since retiring from full-time next few days making a total of
Michael Carter’s passion work 12 years ago, Michael has $840 for cancer research.
for the need dictated an run the kitchen at Share In each
Michael Carter (left) and Roy Williams in their purple bras as they week serving morning tea to the
exception to the rule.
encouraged Share In people to give to help cancer research. craft group.
digital church briefs
24/06/2011 near someone physically or at least who they are and not what you
connected to a mobile device? Even had hoped to produce. Affirm Baptisms Births
Tim Stevens Leanne Gibson from Cranbrook Alexander Grove was born to
Jesus spent 40 days and nights in them with love for who they
the desert alone before launching actually are and the gifts God gave Baptist Church was baptised Peter and Kristen Grove on 20
“I’m talking about thinking
them.” on 15 May at Lake Poorrarecup. May. Neil and Rebecca Tinley
into his life’s purpose.”
through each child and being North Beach Baptist Church welcomed Joshua Neil Tinley on
intentional about your time celebrated several baptisms over 25 May. Eliana Rhonda Young
with them and support of them. the past couple of months. On 29 was born to Roger and Sharon
I’m talking about having an Dave Moser Tim Challies
May Caitlin Hubo, Elisa Pullella Young on 22 June. All three
intentional plan to invest in each and Lousie Davies were baptised. families are from North Beach
“The life that is ‘worthy’ of the “There was a time when
kid — and revising that plan as Chantelle Tranter was baptised Baptist Church.
gospel is the life that celebrates it Christians used militaristic
they grow older and change.” on 26 June and Amber Stacey,
language without shame …
in community with other believers
Christians often spoke of being
Matthew Spencer, Liam Carter Death
26/06/2011 and strives to extol it to the world.” and Tom Russell on 3 July. Horrie Smith, prayer warrior,
part of an army fighting against
Phil Cooke the forces of darkness. Hymns
influential local cricket coach and
www.philcooke.com 02/07/2011 Engagement long-time member of Parkerville
like ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’
“Are you so connected you never Dave Burchett were sung often and were sung
Calvin Webb (North Beach Baptist Baptist Church died on 25 June in
take time out to live deeply? www.daveburchett.com Church) and Kayla Macomish Australind, age 91.
Can you appreciate the value of “If you lived like you we’re dying (Albany Baptist Church)
solitude, or do you have to be you would love your children for announced their engagement on
KBC in Thailand Relief Fund
Devastating floods in the Carnarvon region in
December 2010 and destructive bushfires through
the hills of Perth’s southern suburbs during the
summer of 2011 prompted Baptist Churches
Western Australia (BCWA) to open an Emergency
Relief Fund to help meet the immediate needs of
people suffering significant losses due to natural
disasters in Western Australia.
Photo: Vaughan Pirie
“By the time we had the Fund people from Baptist churches
functioning, the Carnarvon contributed more than $28,000 to
floods had abated,” Michael alleviate some of their suffering
Carter, BCWA Administrator said, and pain.
The Kalgoorlie Baptist Church team at the kids club in Bang Sala. “but families were still suffering “We closed off the books
great losses.” in June and after consultation
been a member of our church, a that would help them, such as In consultation with the with churches in Lesmurdie
teacher at the Goldfields Baptist maintenance and sewing.” Church of Christ in Carnarvon, and Gosnells, we sent gifts to six
Western Australia’s College and Kidz Biz leader at KBC,” The missionary team in Pak more than $1,400 was distributed families that had lost everything
goldfields are not as Helen said. Phanang is under the umbrella to two families who suffered the in the fires,” Michael said.
“We wanted to encourage the of OMF International (Overseas loss of personal property during Gifts to the Emergency Relief
remote as they once were
Pirie family — and the rest of the Missionary Fellowship) but are self- the floods. Fund are tax deductible and the
and Kalgoorlie Baptist team — in their church planting funded. Helen and her team pay Graphic media images kept fund remains operational for gifts
Church (KBC) is proving and other activities.” their own way ‘for the privilege of the suffering of more than 70 from individuals at any time.
that the world is now a For the Christians at KBC, visiting’. “But it’s worth it,” she said. families that lost their homes in
supporting missionaries from “The new Christians love to the fires around the Armadale/
much smaller place.
within their own congregation have people come to visit — it gives Kelmscott/Roleystone area
goes beyond financial and prayer them a boost in their faith journey firmly in the public’s eye and
KBC has developed a unique support and the team take their and even though we don’t speak
connection to Pak Phanang in ‘visitation support’ very seriously. the language, it is very special to
south Thailand that began three “Our visit to the missionaries and share Christ together.”
years ago with the sending out Christians in Pak Phanang and “One morning we sang
of missionaries to the South surrounding districts not only ‘Amazing Grace’ before church
East Asian nation. This June, a encourage and help them in their began — they were singing in Thai
missionary support team led by day-to-day work, but also to better and we sang in English and it was
Helen Kenny visited Thailand to understand what they do, their beautiful to hear,” Helen said.
support the church’s other workers vision for the future, challenges Vaughan and Cathy will soon
there. It’s a trip that KBC people and opportunities,” Helen said. return home to Australia for a six
have made regularly over the past “That way we can pray with month long ‘home assignment’.
three years. more relevance and encourage It will be an opportunity to visit Geraldton Baptist Church seeks a pastor
“We’ve been supporting and others in the church at home to Christians who support them
to minister among its vibrant fellowship.
praying for Vaughan and Cathy support God’s work among the and encourage others to assist in
Pirie who are missionaries based people of south Thailand. We also financing their mission activities
there. Vaughan had previously wanted to do anything practical in Thailand. The successful applicant will have a strong
sense of call to pastoral ministry, being led by
the Holy Spirit to know and share the Word of
God to fulfill the Great Commission.
Ambassador of freedom and grace
The pastor’s role is to lead, teach and disciple
joining the Global InterAction’s the fellowship which will continue to function
(GIA) Gi6pro program. The
under a shared congregational ministry model.
In a service on program sends young adults to
Sunday 10 July, the strategic locations around the
world to work with teams intent Located in Geraldton, 430km north of Perth,
faith community at
on empowering people groups GBC is a friendly, praying congregation with a
Parkerville Baptist to develop their own distinctive
clear vision to follow the leading of the Holy
Church commissioned ways of following Jesus.
“Mission starts in our hearts
Spirit through the Word of God.
Alan McGrechan to
and moves out into the whole
world,” Steve McAlpine said Contact: Church Elder, Mr Simon Phillips,
among the Yao people during his message to the church for an application package today:
in Mozambique. on 10 July. “I watched this young
man relate to the London Road
Family and friends gathered street drinkers in Sheffield (UK) (08) 9921 3356
around Alan, laid hands on while he was on a short-term visit PO Box 894 Geraldton WA 6531
him and prayed, asking God and recognised God was at work
to empower and use him as an in his life.”
Applications close 4pm, August 26, 2011
ambassador of freedom and grace Parkerville’s Senior Pastor
in the area around Lichinga in Allan Thomas said the church
Photo: Jill Birt
northern Mozambique for the had a long history with the
next two years. Yao people in Malawi and are
“I feel like I’ve been preparing expecting to learn more through
for ages to go,” Alan said. “Raising the unique opportunities the
Alan McGrechan talking at the support team was a big thing, church will have to support Alan
his commissioning service at and all the training in language and the GIA team in Mozambique.
Parkerville Baptist Church on and culture I’ve done.” Alan will leave Perth on
10 July. Twenty-four year old Alan is 23 August.
Teen walks for the persecuted
long, two week walk (in mid Director, Brad Konemann
July) of up to 40 kilometres per said the youth initiative that
Fifteen year-old David day was nothing in comparison David is part of was inspired
Low is an ordinary to the terrible challenges by Hebrews 13:3. “It’s about
being faced daily by people all remembering imprisoned and
Aussie teenager, but
over the world who are being suffering Christians and we are
what he has done to persecuted for their faith. “I mobilising a generation of youth
raise the profile of wanted to show people that to support them by being ‘bound
persecuted Christians youth can do something to help with them’,” Mr Konemann
as well, so I decided to raise explained.
around the world is far
money for underground Bible By the time David’s walk
from ordinary. school students in Vietnam and ended at the Voice of the
Burma,” David said. Martyrs headquarters in Sydney,
David, who hails from a small “It’s a challenge to stand up he had raised well over $20,000
town near Taree in New South for your faith and I was inspired — more than double his original
Wales contacted Thirteen Three by stories of Christians being target.
— a youth initiative of Voice of put in prison or even being
the Martyrs Australia — with a killed for their faith. They’re also
plan to raise $10,000 to support encouraging me to stay strong David Low on
persecuted Christians. for God each day.” his walk from
The teenager believes his Voice of the Martyrs Youth Taree to Sydney.
Photo: Voice of the Martyrs Australia
It’s a challenge to stand up for your faith and I was
inspired by stories of Christians being put in prison
or even being killed for their faith. They’re also
encouraging me to stay strong for God each day.
WAAPA milestone for muso
Sean’s performance was the music. Sean Bernard’s life has time at WAAPA and had some quite sure of the path God has
culmination of the last few years always been about music in one excellent opportunities for in store for me, but I’m certain
Sean Bernard is of study at the Academy, which form or other. making music, including writing it has something to do with
a musician and every music student must do to “I was studying engineering the soundtrack for a documentary music. I am currently finishing
complete the course. and science at Curtin University, about West Australian artist Nalda off the end of my degree, and
“It entailed a 40 minute, self- but still spent much of my time Searles and I won best soundtrack will be proceeding with further
South Perth Baptist organised performance of music writing music and playing in a award in the Revel8 Film Festival university studies in music over
Church who has that I had written over the last band. After a couple of years of in 2008.” the next several years. At the
recently impressed year or so, performed live, in a this, and a quite a bit of prayer Sean points to God when he moment I am also in the process
concert setting,” Sean explained. I decided that it was best that I talks about his musical ability. of writing and recording an
the examiners at the
The audience were treated try and pursue a career in music “I have enjoyed participating album with my band, Caprycon,
Western Australian to a large range of music styles rather than having it as a hobby.” in worship teams in church for with the goal of releasing our first
Academy of Performing and genres including 70s styled Sean Bernard was accepted many years and believe that album at the beginning of next
Arts (WAAPA) with progressive rock, classical duos into WAAPA at the beginning music itself, in all its myriad year.”
and trios with piano, violin, voice of 2008, to study a Bachelor of shapes and forms, are an
his self composed
and flute, modern experimental Music, majoring in Composition. amazing gift from God,” he said.
graduation recital. music as well as rock and metal “I have learnt a great deal in my And of the future? “I’m not
Baptist Historical gathering held in Kuala Lumpur age 83 in Inglewood on 9 June. Community of Congo (46,321 constitutional amendments in
Society in early July. Mark is a member In 1992 when Bert visited the members in 372 churches) in the Senegal in West Africa. These
Cavan Brown presents a paper on of the Commission for Ministry area after nearly 20 years away, Democratic Republic of Congo attacks in the national capital
‘The story of development and and Brian presented a paper at 5,000 Dani people greeted them (DRC) are two of ten member of Dakar are worrisome and
growth of Baptist churches in the meetings of the Commission at the airport. One leader said bodies. The Baptist Convention of puzzling, as this Muslim-majority
north west of Western Australia for Theological Reflection. being followers of Jesus meant Sudan started in refugee camps country is seen as a model of
since the 1970s’ at a public More than 300 delegates from they lived in peace and through in Kakuma, Kenya, in 1996, has tolerance and religious co-
meeting of the Baptist Historical Baptist churches around the education they are equipped to 13,500 members in 18 churches existence. Mobs targeted new
Society on Sunday 21 August at world attended the conference. take their place in the world. and another 32 developing churches, including Pentecostal
2:30 pm at South Perth Baptist Commissions for Freedom and congregations. The French- and Baptist, which are growing in
Church. For more information Justice, Mission, Evangelism Africans welcomed speaking Free Evangelical Baptist the country, but are viewed with
call 9384 5460. and Theological Reflection met Four organisations in Africa Church (57,000 members in 250 suspicion because of their foreign
during the gathering. joined the Baptist World churches) of the Central African links. Protests erupted on 23
World gathering Alliance (BWA) at a meeting of Republic was also accepted. June after President Abdoulaye
Director of Ministries for Baptist Dani friend dies the General Council in Kuala Wade’s government introduced a
Churches Western Australia, Bert Power, one of the first Lumpur, Malaysia in July 2011. Senegal attacks bill seeking changes to allow the
Mark Wilson, and Vose Seminary Christian workers to contact the The Association of Evangelical The Worldwide Evangelical President to continue in office.
Principal, Dr Brian Harris, Dani people of Irian Jaya and Baptist Churches in Congo (3,021 Alliance reports at least six He has served 11 years.
represented WA Baptists at the live with them from the mid members in 36 churches) and churches were attacked
annual Baptist World Alliance 1950s to the early 1970s, died at the Baptist Churches Union during recent protests over
All eyes on Perth for CHOGM
Advocacy A network of concerned
Christians have been
praying for God to
affect his influence on
Heads of Government
to be held in Perth
in October, and on
Photo: Jill Birt
nations as a whole.
UnitingCare West CEO, Sue Ash,
who is also Chairperson of the Wendy Yapp (CHOGM Prayer Breakfast organiser), Archbishop Barry
Commonwealth People’s Forum Hickey, Graeme Napier (Anglican Church), Sue Ash (Chairperson of
Steering Committee believes Commonwealth People’s Forum Steering Committee) and Terry Crane
having a network of Christians (Head of Task force for CHOGM) joined 120 church leaders and members
Photo: Jill Birt
praying about this huge event is of the business community at the CHOGM Business Prayer Breakfast in
important. Perth on Friday 15 July.
“As part of the organising
team for the Commonwealth the focus of prayer support; the “The organisers of the Prayer
Rob Douglas (left) from Baptist Care WA meets with Gershon Nimbalker People’s Forum, we have development of a statement that Initiative have done a great
and Robin Carter from Baptist World Aid Australia to share resources for found it encouraging and is presented to Commonwealth job at making it a supportive
the up-coming Anti Poverty Week project. refreshing to know that people Foreign Ministers; workshops and collaborative event. We
have been praying, and that on topics such as governance, expect that there will be
“It’s really exciting working links have been made with so women’s issues, indigenous many friendships formed and
together,” Gershon said. “Our many people from all over the people’s issues and trade; and issues shared between the two
Baptistcare is planning focus is on overseas work, but Commonwealth of Nations,” Ms there are a series of learning forums,” Ms Ash said.
events for Baptist we can pick up local issues too. Ash said. journeys or site visits to Several West Australia
Together we can do better.” The People’s Forum program organisations in Western Baptist Churches are also
schools and churches
“We have a raft of resources has three parts that have been Australia. involved in the Prayer Initiative.
during Anti Poverty that can be used,” Robin,
Week (16 to 22 October) Baptist World Aid Australia’s
to help people become representative for WA said. “And
there’s new material coming
more aware of the
online all the time.”
hardship that many “There’s a new Micah
people in Australia as Challenge video on YouTube
well as overseas are that young people will relate to,
and life simulation games like
experiencing on a
the Game of Life and Death. You
regular basis. really sense the gravity of your
decisions as you live through
Rob Douglas, Leader Mission this poverty based project,”
and Service with Baptistcare, is Gershon said.
contacting schools and churches Rob hopes schools and
inviting them to join the churches will use a variety of
initiative. events and activities to raise
“This is something that really awareness of poverty and engage
fits with Baptistcare,” Rob said. students in advocating for the
“We work all the time with clients end of poverty.
who are experiencing hardship — “Partnering with Baptist
people who are aging, those with World Aid Australia, we have
disability or mental health issues. access to quality resources like
And there are more diverse posters for toilet doors with
groups too: Aboriginal people information on sanitation needs
and women. They are vulnerable around the world, or water
in many ways and advocacy is a posters with details of global
strong part of our strategic plan.” issues about safe water supplies,”
“And that’s just what is Rob said.
happening in our own country. “And we have a post card
Hardship through poverty on the campaign for Australians to send
global scene is massive.” a Baptist World Aid Australia
Dr Lucy Morris, the Chief postcard to the Minister for
Executive Office of Baptistcare Foreign Affairs, Kevin Rudd,
is the Co-chair of the State about the need for safe water,”
Facilitation Group of Anti Poverty Gershon said. “There are creative
Week. activities too, including petition
“We started talking with sheets and the competition
Baptist World Aid Australia to photograph the longest
months ago looking at ways we ‘dunny’ queue, highlighting
can partner with them to make the desperate global need for
real impact during the project,” sanitation.”
Rob said. Schools and churches
On a recent visit to Perth wanting to engage their students
Baptist World Aid Australia and congregations with serious
workers Gershon Nimbalker life issues and to make an impact
and Robin Carter met with Rob on global poverty can talk with
to finalise plans for sharing Rob Douglas at Baptistcare on
resources for the project. 9282 8650.
“Teach people how to live well and die well,” a trusted mentor once said to me.
The past four years have added some dimensions of meaning to that statement.
Photo: Jill Birt
Jesus, in these situations? Uninvited intruders team up “You’ve just got to be positive,” carry the weight of bodies that are
There will be many answers to too, smashing down doors and people have said to me over and being ravaged by diseases they
By Peter Birt that question. settling in, taking up spaces we’d over again. may not recover from.
Here’s one thing that doesn’t set aside for more desirable guests, What does that actually mean? So what helps? To have within
“It’s bowel cancer and we need to help: spending any time thinking demanding attention and sapping I think being positive is over me, Christ the hope of glory, to
operate. Unfortunately you’ll end about whether it’s fair or not. Fair precious life out of our often rated. By nature I suspect I land have a grateful spirit no matter
up with a permanent colostomy,” just isn’t the point. already over-taxed systems. Fair? towards the positive end of the if my numbered earthly days are
my surgeon explained in 2007. I wake up to a new day, and Just life.
I said, “What’s that?” with it a new context in which to Part of the car wreck of a world
Believe me, I now know! live out life’s greatest adventure: where, in the words of that great
I responded well to chemo living and moving and having my theologian Bob Dylan, ‘everything So what helps? To have within me, C
and radiation. But, two and a half
years later both lungs were riddled
very existence with Jesus in His
Kingdom. The day unfolds. And
is broken’. Everything twisted
out of shape yet still retaining the
of glory, to have a grateful spirit no m
with cancer metastases. More in the midst of the unfolding — image of the Maker. numbered earthly days are longer or
chemotherapy. More encouraging whatever that might be — I either I have grown weary of people
signs. Until on the first night of a meaningfully interact with Jesus saying, “How could this happen to
speaking trip to South East Asia the master of my life, or I don’t. someone like you?” scale. I’m not about to curl up in longer or shorter.
in May this year — I regained Doesn’t it all come down to that for At times I want to respond, a heap of woe-is-me. However, Jill, my wife, and I have spent
consciousness on the floor of my you too? “If you want to play the, who- having hope is a whole lot more countless conversations doing
hotel room with no idea what had Unanticipated surprises cause deserves-what-game, let me show significant than being positive. what we call ‘paring things back
happened. I continued my trip, us to laugh for the sheer joy of you just how dark my heart is and Having spent a fair bit of time to the goodness of God’. We’ve
but when I returned home tests being alive to beauty and hope, perhaps that will answer your in hospitals and doctors’ offices, waded our way though enough
revealed a brain tumour. It was love and friendship, and the living question and help you see that I’ve overheard and had heaps of leech infected swamps, been
removed on 24 June. I start more presence of Jesus alive and active what really isn’t fair is that Jesus conversations with people who wounded with each other’s unique
radiation treatment in late July. right where we are. Priceless, isn’t suffered for me, the sinless One for talk up the ‘be positive’ angle, but expressions of having hearts that
How do you live well with it? the sinful one.” do not have a hope big enough to are sinful and desperately wicked,
New school has
Principal Orlando dos Santos (left) and James Brown in the grounds of the new Austin Cove Baptist College.
from His time with God and students and families to address
then He was able to deliver to the their ‘whole of life’ needs dictates
New buildings in people. We seek to do the same. that there is a degree of flexibility
a picturesque new We also instil a servant attitude in in his role, enabling him to do
the culture of the school.” chaplaincy work whenever it
subdivision south of
Lauren Ames’ accident gave is needed. James also teaches
Mandurah, new staff a unique opportunity for the music and Christian education.
focused and prepared, College to serve her family and “For me the most encouraging
350 new Kindergarten to the wider school community. aspect of ACBC this semester
Mr dos Santos and his wife is seeing kids enjoy Christian
Year 8 students in new
Mary visited Lauren and her education. That is a core value Mr
uniforms ready for a family in hospital several times dos Santos has for this College
new year of learning for and the staff regularly prayed for and we seem to be fulfilling it.
life. It was an exciting Lauren. We’re there to promote Christ”
School Chaplain, James Mr dos Santos said nothing
first week for the new
Brown, had many opportunities really surprised him about
Austin Cove Baptist to talk with students, staff and the school’s first semester
College (ACBC). families about faith and hope. and the intensity of grief and
Sadly, Lauren died in mid-April. suffering the school community
“We’d prepared for years and A week after her funeral, another experienced.
everything was ready,” Principal Year 8 student, Georgina Spies “Stretching is a natural part
Orlando dos Santos said. “We died tragically in a caravan park of growth,” he said. “I feel like I’m
and been scorched by the burning The Psalmist gave us much to didn’t anticipate what happened fire with her father and brother. on the big rollercoaster ride, with
sands of the valley of the shadow ponder when he said of God, on Friday morning of that first “There was a lot of emotional God at the wheel.”
of death to know that we need “You are good, and what you do week of classes.” stress during this time and it put a
help. is good,” and then added, “It was Lauren Ames, a student in the strain on our school’s resources,”
We keep on finding it in a good for me to be afflicted so that Year 8 class was critically injured James said.
bedrock conviction that’s grown I might learn your decrees.” [Psalm in a traffic accident on her way to “One challenge for me came
in our souls. I have watched Jill 119:68, 71] school. from juggling the time needed
And for us, the end of Psalm 23 With a strong mandate from to work through these tragedies To reach
has been gold. “Surely goodness the College Board, Mr dos Santos with the people involved and
and love will follow me all the days was focused on engaging the keep on with my teaching
Christ the hope of my life.” We look back over our school community with the life commitments.” Christ’s
matter if my lives, through all kinds of trials and
rebellious times and find ourselves
Jesus Christ gives.
“We’d look at the crowd
“James is a man of God
who has a strong gift of love there
r shorter. lost in the wonder of saying, that God has brought to us and communication to people of all
needs to be
Lord, it’s true. We turn around, see them with His eyes — hurt, ages and backgrounds. He is
and like two faithful sheep dogs, misunderstood, rejected, ones really well accepted by the College compassion,
handle harrowing pressure — not Your goodness and love are there. without hope, those who need community as our ‘Pastor’,” Mr
withstanding times of tears and And when the pressure of living forgiveness, those who need to dos Santos said. “Many students, accessibility,
turmoil — with an unforced grace with the constant uncertainty of forgive and those who need to and now their families, come to
and poise that testifies to the cancer causes anxiety and doubts love themselves,” Mr dos Santos see him about finding out more
goodness of God. to rise, we pare things back to the said. about Jesus. His influence and transparency.
Years ago we asked Jesus to goodness of a God who, “did not “To reach people with charismatic personality draw
introduce us to His Father. And as spare his own Son, but gave him Christ’s love there needs to people to him to find out more
we studied Jesus’ biographies, He up for us all” and who “along with be compassion, accessibility, about the God in him.”
did. And we saw that His Father him, graciously give us all things.” humility and transparency,” he The school’s deep
was good, to the core of His being. [Romans 8:32] said. “Jesus drew His strength commitment to working with
10 in conversation
Scot McKnight, a teacher from North Park
University, Chicago, and the author of several
significant books on Christian theology, is
speaking at the Vose Conference, on 15 to
16 August at Vose Seminary. The Advocate
caught up with him before he left the USA to
travel to Perth.
You’re a prolific author. Which activistic and not deep enough; as
of your books would you rate as a result, justice is overwhelming
most significant or influential holiness and worship.
The most influential book, Does the saturation of
if we measure by sales or as community with Christian
known by others, is The Jesus thought and values actually aid
Creed. As for most significant, the advance of God’s Kingdom?
which touches on my perception Yes, but this of course
of contribution and insight, depends on how Christian
would be the combination of my thought and values are saturating.
academic monograph, Jesus If we think billboards and snappy,
and His Death, which establishes even cheeky, saturations are of
that Jesus thought His own value, we are deeply mistaken.
death was atoning on the basis of If we think a local church
rigorous historical methods, with embodying the gospel for that What is the most significant influence must remain attached What (writing) are you working
A Community called Atonement, community to see, then we are thing you have done over the to the same strategy: we are to on currently?
which theologises the academic onto something wondrous. The last ten years to develop you love our neighbour as ourself. We My book on gospel, called
and historical research of Jesus fundamental approach of Jesus relationship with Jesus and how are to do good and to witness to The King Jesus Gospel, is about
and His death. I’m convinced we and the apostles was not to go to has that affected you? the saving graces of what God to come out: end of August, early
have narrowed the atonement to Rome and convert the emperor I learned how to use set does for us in Jesus. We are to September. This book will be
one model — that Jesus suffered and therefore change the world; prayers at set times as a spiritual point people to Jesus, regardless my challenge to the evangelical
our punishment — and have that was how they did it with discipline. That came out in my of our context. I find this works community to read the Bible
missed the value of a larger Constantine and it made more books Jesus Creed and Praying better locally and with individuals again and see that what we call
and more robust approach to of a mess than it helped. The with the Church. The Book of than it does with some kind of ‘gospel’ (the plan of salvation) is
atonement. approach was day to day, one Psalms points the way: God universal strategy. not what Jesus and the apostles
“... Jesus suffered
our punishment ...”
What will someone coming by one, family to family and in gave us those prayers to learn How has reciting the ‘Jesus meant by gospel. I leave it at that
to hear you speak in Perth be one community after another of how to pray, and we are to pray Creed’ daily shaped your life? and hope to get a conversation
likely to gain from listening and loving one’s neighbor as oneself to them — and we have learned Daily, constantly, after all started in Australia about the
learning from you? as a form of embodying the good to supplement them with the these years, my instinct has gospel.
Our topics at Perth at the graces of God in Christ. great prayers of the church. And grown more and more to ask I’m over 50 percent done with
Vose Conference are about the I heard someone say recently, I always say the Jesus Creed and myself what is the loving thing a commentary on the Sermon
church, and I will explore three “Churches will do almost the Lord’s Prayer — daily, often. to do here. It’s subtle and it’s on the Mount, one of the most
topics impacting the church: anything except seriously and pervasive, and therefore it is enjoyable projects I’ve ever
the pastor and the church; the intentionally make disciples.” What difference is there in the radical. worked on, and I hope to be done
gospel and the church; and the influence of Christians on their by Christmas 2011 and hope it
atonement and the church. I hope Would you comment on this? local community between a post- Do we neglect the Father and will be published by Christmas
they will be both inspiring and Sounds like an overstatement Christian community like Perth Holy Spirit by focusing on Jesus? 2012.
challenging. to me, but there’s something and the Christian-saturated We can. Some do. And
insidious about working for pay community of some states in the evangelicalism, if I may speak What do you still want to write
What trends are you observing in and about institutionalising the USA? now to what I perceive as about?
Christianity in your context that church. The dollars must come I’m not sure the USA is as a universal trend, is barely God, church, Colossians, and
encourage you? That concern in or the full-time workers have Christian-saturated as Aussies Trinitarian. We need to study I may write a book on a Christian
you? to move on to a place with more may think. I live in a small block Trinity more; we need to preach understanding of love.
American Christianity overall money. The task of the pastor- with six families, two of which it and teach it more; we need to
is embracing a larger sense of teacher is to be faithful, not are Christians. In the block embrace it more deeply and learn What do you do to develop and
what God’s mission in this world successful and not liked. Using behind us that number shrinks that the communion between grow your sense of wonder at
is, that is more than ‘saving consumer models to measure dramatically. America is more Father and Son and Spirit is the God’s care and goodness?
souls’ and involves the church åthings the church can do. We religious than Australia, to be communion into which we are Pray, ponder and read.
embodying the Kingdom vision need wise people looking over sure, but Christians in the USA drawn and the communion on
of Jesus. My biggest concern is our shoulders to see if we are are officially in the minority which we draw as we commune
that Christianity is becoming too faithful. so we are post-Christian. The with others.
Food crisis in Africa Japan’s
The United Nations
reports six million
Hanae Igata, Pastor of Nankodai
people across regions of
Christ Church and a board
Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, member of the Japan Baptist
Djibouti and Uganda Convention (JBC) told the Annual
are currently suffering Gathering of the Baptist World
Alliance (BWA) in Kuala Lumpur,
from food shortages
Malaysia, in early July that there is
caused by failed crops great need for post-traumatic care
due to drought. Ten in the wake of the earthquake and
million people will need tsunami that affected north-east
Japan on 11 March.
assistance in coming
Igata, a Baptist Pastor, said
months. people feel as if they are being
torn apart. “The dead and the
Ms Valerie Amos, United Nations survivors are torn apart,” she
Under-Secretary-General for said. “Victims of the earthquake,
Humanitarian Affairs and victims of the tsunami, and those
Emergency Relief Coordinator, multiple-stricken as a result of the
recently visited the community in nuclear power plant disaster.”
Bisle Kebele, Somalia. Hamano Michio, Chair of the
“I spoke to women who had Research and Training Institute
walked for five hours with their for Mission of the JBC, said “The
children to get help — food Japan Baptist Convention has
assistance and health care. been supporting the stricken
Photo: TEAR Australia
Children are malnourished. areas. We are trying to bridge the
People have lost their livestock gaps between God and mankind,
and now have no means of among mankind, and between
support.” God, mankind and all creation,
Thousands of refugees are and to reconcile them to each
crossing from Somalia into Kenya other.” Michio said they aim, “to
and Uganda every day. A woman tends mango tree seedlings surrounded by a ‘shelter’ of spiky grass in drought affected Atir village in Kenya. help people to have trust in God
TEAR Australia is partnering again in the face of the question,
with Christian Reformed World identify supplemental activities, “They’ve carefully built a Murray Street, Como. ‘Why does God allow all of this
Relief Committee (CRWRC). including water trucking and ‘shelter’ of grass with spiky The conference has a global suffering to befall us?’”
Wayne de Jong, Director livestock fodder that would branches for their tree to protect it and local focus. It will encourage Makoto Kato, Executive
of Disaster Response and strengthen the food aid response. from animals.” and equip people to take action Secretary of JBC, said people in
Rehabilitation for CRWRC said CRWRC worker Jacqueline TEAR Australia worker, Phil towards greater justice and the affected areas “are gradually
that experts say this is the Koster visited the Kenyan village Lindsay said the Australian aid fullness of life in both these areas. moving from shelters into
worst drought the region has of Atir. group is currently talking with WA TEAR Australia temporary housing.” But fishing
experienced in 60 years. “Fodder is scarce and water their African partners, including representative, Dave Broadbent and farming areas are still
Currently CRWRC is assisting very limited,” Ms Koster said. CRWRC, to see how Australia can said renowned writer and affected, including the Tōhoku
approximately 50,000 people. “We’ve helped the village grow help. Initially funds will assist the experienced practitioner and Region, which produces 30
By August they will be helping a a one acre plot of drought current projects, but more will be advocate for justice and social percent of the nation’s rice.
further 42,000 in the central, Rift resistant grass for their herds. The needed. transformation, Dave Andrews, “We would like to thank
Valley and coast regions of Kenya, community have run with the The latest news and ideas along with Jonathan Cornford all of our brothers and sisters
costing a further $2.5 million. plan and planted vegetable seeds on how West Australians can from Manna Gum in Victoria will around the world, especially
In addition to the current and among the grass plots.” support this emerging crisis will speak at the conference. those from Baptist World Aid for
planned food aid interventions, Each participating family is be available at the 2011 TEAR For more information on the your prayers and offerings as you
CRWRC is working through its ‘assigned’ one mango tree to take WA Conference on 13 August at TEAR WA Conference visit remember the people affected by
networks and partnerships to care of. Lifestreams Christian Church, www.tear.org.au. the great disaster,” Kato said.
New nation TRINITY
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The new, mostly Christian THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE
Following decades of civil war nation — with its new national Perth, Western Australia
and oppression, the world’s anthem, new currency and new
newest country, South Sudan is a freedom has been internationally
wrecked countryside. recognised and accepted.
With little infrastructure Official separation and the
to support its own population, creation of the Republic of South
millions of returning refugees
and migrants are expected to
Sudan was marked by a weekend
of celebrations and worship, with 7th September 2011
pour into it looking for work. church leaders calling the war-
That is the harsh reality of
this fledgling nation that won its
torn nation to prayer.
Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul
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By John Maxwell observe the integrity of a space International Space Station, their
shuttle’s heat shield have been upkeep and operation divert
On 8 July, NASA employed to aid firefighters in attention from NASA’s long-
launched the space locating brushfire hotspots. range goals. Thus, rather than
maintaining the shuttles, NASA
shuttle Atlantis for
The Law of Sacrifice has decommissioned them in
the final time to the Given the space shuttle order to focus its resources on
program’s popularity and notable inventing a spacecraft capable of
Station. The flight of successes, many are mystified carrying a crew into deep space.
that the program is being
Atlantis marks the
scrapped. However, the decision Summary
last of 135 manned to shut it down illustrates an In the words of author Kevin
missions conducted important leadership principle Kelly, success in the 21st century,
over the past 30 years pertaining to innovation: “flows directly from innovation,
‘leaders must give up to go up’. not optimization. It is not gained
by NASA’s space shuttle
Creativity and forward-thinking by perfecting the known, but
program. are undermined when leaders by imperfectly seizing the
refuse to part with the past. unknown.” As leaders, we cannot
The program has done much to Pursuing a vision for the reach for the unknown until
advance scientific knowledge future often requires leaders we let go of what’s familiar. To
of the universe, having to abandon existing systems free up the space (the funds,
accomplished the following: — even ones that may be manpower, energy, and time) to
• Deployed and repaired the working well today. Ultimately, innovate, leaders have to make
Hubble Space Telescope NASA hopes to send manned sacrifices. What might you need
• Assembled the International spacecrafts beyond low Earth to give up so that you can get to a
Space Station orbit (LEO) to investigate higher level of leadership?
• Launched the Magellan asteroids and to land on Mars.
spacecraft to explore Venus Space shuttles are not designed Used with kind permission from
• Launched the Galileo probe to make such long voyages The John Maxwell Company,
to explore Jupiter into outer space. Although www.johnmaxwell.com.
In addition to its the shuttles are serving their
achievements in outer space,
technology from the space
shuttle program has led to
improving the quality of life
To free up the space to
here on Earth. For example,
construction of the next innovate, leaders have to
generation of artificial hearts
harnesses the technology of make sacrifices.
hopes. It would be quick, cost It may not be about money
effective and our efforts would be or prestige. It might be an
By Monica O’Neil rewarded with shiny bathrooms, expectation that people will
which we would all enjoy for love what you do, that some
years to come. The project, healing will come to a life or a
We have renovated however, followed the three rules community, that you will be
our bathrooms. It was of renovation to perfection: thanked. And so the mould
1. It made more mess than begins to grow.
a slow, rewarding and
anticipated. This is the time of year
sometimes painful 2. It cost more than anticipated. (or soon will be) when we get
process. (Cleaning 3. It took longer than tired in our labouring. We
concrete off tools at anticipated. start expecting returns on our
Once done and the effort labours, start feeling entitled
1:00 am in the dead of
made, however, we are not about to outcomes. And yet our call
winter is unpleasant to to let it be ruined. is more truly to love the Lord
say the least). But we When we lead we invest our God with all our heart,
have two shiny new large amounts of time, energy soul, mind and strength and
and heart — heart, soul, mind our neighbour as ourselves,
bathrooms for our 18
and strength, so to speak, into doing the things we see in our
months of slog and projects, missions or visions. Father’s heart for the world He
investment. We usually start out with noble has created.
intentions. So many good So if you spy the mould of
Early on one of these recent pursuits are birthed in our times entitlement and expectation on
cold mornings I noticed some with God. We catch something what has been a beautiful God-
condensation on the shiny of God’s heart from scripture, inspired labour of love, get out
new roof and thought I saw a from a revelation by the spirit in the scrubber and open up the
dark spot. Was mould entering a particular context and we sense windows. Restore your labour
our little sanctuary of shiny the fire of the God empowering to one that is an overflow from
newness? I was overwhelmed us to proceed. And so we begin. God’s heart and yours. It is
with an urge to protect the One day though, there sneaks called servant leadership.
integrity of our labour and in an expectation. The energy
prevent any destruction of our and commitment becomes an
asset. investment and an expectation
Like most renovators, we begins to grow that there should
started our project with high be a return. Effort in, reward out.
the facts 13
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Bryce Godfrey learnt to surf six years ago and now teaches young kids to surf on WA’s south west coast.
Surfing with grommets
WA, organised a surf camp for 15 “This year I’ve taught two later and thought that if I’d done Faith in Jesus has changed
young people. grommets classes,” Bryce said. that, at age 30 I could learn to Bryce’s fear of death.
Bryce Godfrey is a “We’re always looking for “In first term I taught a group of surf.” “I used to have trouble surfing
seasoned surfer, school ways to create bridges from ten kids early on Friday mornings Friends said Bryce would have by myself. I was always worrying
the beach to the local church,” before school. Second term I had trouble learning to surf later in about sharks, but my faith has
teacher and part of
Ben said. “Bryce’s Learn to Surf six kids on Thursday afternoons.” life, but it appears this has given helped me set that aside and trust
Busselton Baptist classes do a great job.” “The relationship you build him an edge when it comes to God with my life.”
Church. As a member Deeply committed to helping with your students helps you to teaching others, especially young During the week Bryce
of Christian Surfers, young kids grasp the basic have conversations about God. people. teaches upper school physics and
skills and experience the rush That’s important to me.” “I reckon my favourite surf lower school science to students
he runs Learn to Surf
of excitement and passion that “I didn’t learn to surf until break is southern Java. It’s a at Georgiana Molloy Anglican
classes for grommets comes from catching a good about six years ago. I lived a long great place for beginners or School.
(young novice surfers) wave, Bryce runs classes for boys way from the beach and as a kid I intermediate surfers. It’s a similar
in the south west region and girls. stuck to body boarding until I was wave to Noosa. You get 400 metre
“I love sharing a passion that 18 or 19. I’d learnt to snowboard long rides!”
of Western Australia.
you have with young people.
It’s the best way to build a
He joined Christian Surfers relationship with them.” I love sharing a passion that you have with
after hearing about the group
at church. In the winter of 2010,
“I enjoy watching the kids
learn to surf and get stoked over
young people. It’s the best way to build a
he and Ben Fearnley, Regional their improvements more than relationship with them.
Coordinator of Christian Surfers catching waves myself.”