I hope you enjoy reading some of the wonderful stories from our churches that will begin to drop over the coming days and weeks. We are using a new format to communicate how we are participating in God's mission. I am looking forward to receiving more stories from our churches to share across our movement, along with stories from our ministry partners Life Care, GMP and CareWorks.
In addition to sharing some good news from our churches we were keen to tie the look of the Newsletter in with the theme of this year’s convention; Participate: in life: in Christ”.
Participating in the life of Christ through union with Christ (Christ in me, I in Christ) is a New Testament theme that emerges throughout the apostle Paul’s writings, John’s writings and the New Testament more broadly. (Col. 1:27) We are invited in these New Testament writings to align ourselves with Jesus. We are to follow the lead of Jesus as we live out our lives and to seek to be in relationship with Jesus as our primary response to the call of the Gospel.
Our lives are full of participation; in our families, our workplaces, friendship groups and in society as a whole. We are also called to participate in the movement of the Churches of Christ and for these many reasons we see this theme as relevant for us at this time. Our hope is that our reflections at Convention will help us to think about how we participate in the Churches of Christ movement. We also hope it will help us to participate in life as a response to our participation in Christ.
On Saturday April 24th 2021, Tabor College hosted a graduation for the graduating students of 2019 and 2020 in lieu of last years cancelled graduation ceremony. Among the graduates were 9 students who were from Churches of Christ or connected with Churches of Christ through the Tabor Churches of Christ Study Centre. It is a great privilege as the Director of the Centre for nearly 6 years to assist so many students in setting up ministry placements with or churches so they can develop their ministry skills. I am grateful to the many churches who have journeyed with us and contributed to the development of these minister.
Not all students made it to the graduation ceremony but this picture captures something of the growing diversity of our student cohort. From left to right here are the graduates and the churches who hosted their placements named alongside them.
Riley Sapsford, Diploma in Theology (Elizabeth Church of Christ); Greg Woolner, Bachelor of Ministry (Murray Bridge & Victor Harbor Churches of Christ); Martin Lee, Master of Divinity (Magill Church of Christ); Mark Riessen, Director Tabor Churches of Christ Study Centre, Faculty Ministry, Theology & Culture & Director of Mission & Ministry; Heather Restall, Master of Divinity (Hewett & Colonel Light Gardens Churches of Christ); Tanya Bobin, Bachelor of Ministry (Blair Athol Church of Christ).
Graduates not pictured include:
Benjamin Rowe, Bachelor of Intercultural Studies (Elizabeth Church of Christ & Streetlight); Collin Heslop, Bachelor on Ministry (Magill Church of Christ & Owen United Church); Jacob Johnson, Bachelor of Ministry (Aldgate Church of Christ); Craig Schultz, Graduate Diploma in Ministry (Brighton & Blackwood Churches of Christ).
Congratulations to all our graduates and thank you to all the churches involved in helping our students develop in ministry.
We currently have 18 Churches of Christ students enrolled at Tabor College completing studies with the school of Ministry, Theology & Culture. If you would like to find out more about the Tabor Churches of Christ Study Centre, discuss study options, find out how to host a student ministry with your church or would like to contribute financially to the development of our students, please contact Mark Riessen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Churches of Christ ADF Chaplain, Rev. Luke Skipper has created a new resource that seeks to bring the Good News to current serving members of the Australian Defence Force and to the Ex Services Community. Originally the now titled ‘Army Christian Services’ were filmed with the intention to aid Soldiers and other Defence Force Members who whilst training found it increasingly difficult to get to Church.
Feedback was then received that this Christian resource would also be of great value to the Ex Services Community. The understanding being, that many in the Ex Service Community still have a strong affiliation/connection to the military and that this would be a great resource to help them engage with the Christian message.
The Services are short in duration (about 30 minutes) and feature topical messages that are easy for anyone to relate to. Messages are about topics like Worry, Time, Being Thankful, Friends, Enemies and other important topics relevant to all.
The Ex Service Community is extremely vast and we need help to get the word out. What we are seeking to do is to get this resource promoted widely. How can you help? Please share these Services on your social media accounts and to put up PDF Posters anywhere possible places like RSL’s, Ex Service Associations, Shopping Centres, Community Noticeboards, Places of Work, Study and Recreation. If you would like to be involved further we are also looking for passionate Christian people who want to outreach to this community to join the team who can meet with people from their geographic area and answer their questions or simply talk and share with them about Christianity.
Army Christian Services are now available on Facebook Page: Army Christian Services or go to the web lnk below.
If you would like to help or have any questions please feel free to email Australian Army Chaplain Luke Skipper at email@example.com