21 March, 2017

Welcome Carl Milne

This week our new Youth Events Coordinator, Carl Milne joins the State Ministry Team.

Following James Bowden's conclusion in the role of State Youth Minister, we announced we will not be continuing the State Youth Minister role as it has been but instead split the role into two - Youth Events Coordinator and Youth Ministry Coach.

Carl will be overseeing events such as State Youth Games, the youth camping ministry and other youth and young adult related events one day a week. Carl also wears another hat as National Youth Ministry Conference (NYMC) Director one day a week and works out of the state office in this capacity as well.

Carl brings over 20 years experience volunteering with Youth Vision in South Australia as a camp leader, Youth Vision executive member, State Youth Games taskforce member and youth group leader among other things. Carl was recently the Chair of the Youth Vision executive and worked for Encounter Youth.

The State Ministry Team is grateful for Carl's enthusiasm to serve Churches of Christ in SA & NT and the depth of experience he brings to the team.

17 March, 2017

Fare well James Bowden

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.

15 March, 2017

New minister at One Church (Keith)

We celebrate with One Church in Keith the commissioning of their new minister Troy Kammermann. Troy has been a minister with the Church of Christ in Bordertown for the past 5 years. Troy was commissioned on Thursday evening February 23rd at a joint gathering of churches in the area.

One Church is a joint ministry initiative of Churches of Christ and the Uniting Church working together in Keith.

11 March, 2017

N2K March 2017

The late arrival of the March edition of the Need 2 Know is available for download below

3 February, 2017

N2K February 2017

Welcome back to the Need 2 Know for the first time in 2017. Inside this months newsletter:

- a message of hopes and aspirations by Mark Riessen

- a reflection on 'no creed but Christ by Dr. Greg Elsdon

- news from GMP and Caseworks

- professional development opportunities for ministers

- State Board meeting dates for 2017

See attached below

22 December, 2016

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from all of us here at the State Office.

It has been our great privilege to serve the ministry of Churches of Christ in SA & NT for another year. As we all pause to celebrate God with us incarnated through Jesus, may the joy of this Christmas event remind you of our realized hope in Christ now and forever.

We look forward to connecting with you through God's mission together in 2017.

Please note that our office is closed from Friday December 23rd to Monday January 2nd. We reopen on Monday January 3rd.

Happy New Year from the State Ministry team

Greg Elsdon

Mark Riessen

Lyndall Simpson-Smith

Ruth Telfer

Gillian Rowe

Rachael Morey

James Bowden

David Althorpe

Graeme Rogerson

19 December, 2016

Letter from State Board regarding State Minister appointment

In early December 2016 the State Board for Churches of Christ SA & NT Inc. met to discuss the outcome of the ballot taken at the November AGM regarding the position of State Minister.

Please find attached a letter from the Conference President Doug Walladge on behalf of the board. The letter communicates three decisions they have made regarding the position and future for Churches of Christ in SA & NT.

Please see contact details within the letter should you wish to communicate with the State Board on this matter.

14 December, 2016

Northern Ministers gathering

Last month the Churches of Christ ministers from the northern suburbs of Adelaide had their final gathering for the year. Please find attached a fantastic report of some of the ministry initiatives in the north written by Elizabeth Church of Christ's senior pastor, Lindsay Mayes

1 December, 2016

N2K December 2016

Welcome to the December issue of our monthly Newsletter.

Inside this issue you will find:

- A Christmas message from John Gilmore, EO for Global Mission Partners

- Some extracts from State Minister, Greg Elsdon's Conference address on Living Hopefully

- A note from the Conference President regarding the appointment of the State Minister following our AGM

- Christmas carols information from around the churches

- Careworks & GMP Christmas appeals

and much more...