This is a gentle reminder about the workshop on Dealing Constructively with Conflict in the Church with Tim Dyer this Friday evening and Saturday.
When we pause to think about the amount of time and energy, and the heartache and relational damage that results when conflict is not dealt with appropriately in our churches, it immediately becomes obvious just how important it is for us to do better in this regard. And we need to do better not just so we can have a more tranquil life together, but because the very integrity of our identity as Christian communities is at risk when we become entangled in conflict and disharmony. The Apostle Paul puts it bluntly; “If … you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another." [Galatians 5:15]
This workshop, and the others that will follow in the next 12 months are designed specifically for us:
• to learn how to deal constructively and effectively with situations of conflict in our congregations
• to increase our capacity to engage conflict maturely as a movement
• to build churches which minimise the occurrence destructive conflict
Tomorrow (Tuesday May 10th) is the last opportunity to register your intention to attend. Are you attending? Have you encouraged anyone else to attend? Please give this your prayerful consideration.
While Mothers Day is a great day to celebrate and spoil our mothers, let's pause and pray for the mothers of people who are in Australian immigration detention centres. Particularly for those still detained on Manus Island
The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce has launched a campaign to pray and to #bringthemhere
A prayer has been written to assist with leading at worship services on Sunday May 8th.
Register your church to participate in the national day of prayer at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on the link below for the prayer and more information on joining the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce campaigns
Do you have skills and experience in financial accounting, administration and ministry resourcing?
Would you like to be part of a dynamic state ministry team?
You may want to have a look at the attached document for an opportunity to apply for this position in our team
Churches of Christ SA & NT support federal co-ordinator for Churches of Christ, Janet Woodlock as we join our voice with a growing coalition of Christian leaders and organizations calling on Federal Treasurer, Scott Morrison to stop further cuts to Australia's foreign aid budget.
With the budget being put forward tomorrow you can still join us in the campaign for a compassionate and fair voice to be heard.
Follow the link below to take action and watch the video Janet has recorded with 'stop the clock'.
Let's ensure our global neighbours don't miss out on Australia's generosity.
Boniface Mpofu is the founding project director of Showers of Blessing Trust in Zimbabwe. The Trust brings clean water to drought-prone areas of Zimbabwe. You are warmly invited to meet and share with Boniface.
Global Mission Partners have extended this invitation to us hosted at multiple venues spaning one week. Check out the attached PDF or our events page for more details
For further enquiries contact Val Zerna - email@example.com or 8352 3466
Save the date! Generational Leadership Conference with Carey Nieuwhof on Thursday May 26th
"Structuring your church for a generational win from 0-30 years".
"Working together to make the most of each phase of life"
See the 'events' section to find out more about each session
Check the link below to find out more about guest speaker Carey Nieuwhof
Tonight at the Ministers Association dinner we acknowledge all the ministers who have started in new ministry positions or are retiring during the past 12 months.
The following have commenced new ministry positions:
Bill Tyrie, Senior Minister at Marion
Brent Ruttland, Children's pastor at Elizabeth
Brett Scherer, Minister at Mt Barker (half time)
James Bowden, Associate Minister at Blackwood half time (still half time as State Youth Minister)
Jean Smith, Minister at SouthPoint Glenelg
Jonathan Mitchell, Minister at Northwestern Community
Leighton Boyd, Director of MarionLife/Associate Minister at Marion
Paul Pinci, Minister at Modbury
Russell Mountford, Minister at Maylands from April 2016 (from Nailsworth)
Steve Chapman, Minister at Colonel Light Gardens (from SouthPoint Glenelg)
The following ministers will be retiring in 2016 and we thank them for their long service to ministry
Chris Ambrose (retiring from Maylands in April 2016)
Ray Fitzpatrick (retiring from One Church - Keith in April 2016)
Steve Kitto (retired from Colonel Light Gardens in January 2016)
Other ministry movements
Rachael Morey concluded as Associate Minister at Hewett but continues as Childsafe Co-ordinator as part of the State Ministry Team (part-time)
Did you miss the launch of the new COC Centre at Tabor? Catch the video here.
Last Wednesday February 24th the Tabor Churches of Christ Study Centre launched!
Centre Director, Mark Riessen spoke about his role and the possibilities for collaboration, leadership development and student support. COC State Minister, Dr Greg Elsdon and Head of School for MTC Tabor, Dr Aaron Chalmers shared their perspectives celebrating what this Centre means for Tabor and Churches of Christ
A script of what Mark said is also available below
In this brief one page newsletter find the latest information regarding State Youth Games 20th year anniversary. SYG is fast approaching so get your team together and register. Sign on to our SYG user group in the app to get updates on the go.
Also find information about up coming combined youth gatherings hosted in different churches throughout the year and things to pray for.