Sth Qld District HSC

For six wonderful days in July, 124 youth and 27 leaders from South Queensland District gathered on the Sunshine Coast for an amazing week of fellowship at High School Camp!  Our camp theme was SOAR, and we spent the week digging into Isaiah 40:31, “those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

During the week, Pastor Atu Lagi (NZ National Youth Director) shared from his personal experience how God can use our stories for His glory, and how we need to forgive others, as God has forgiven us. Through the course of the camp we saw 7 youth make first time faith commitments, 20 make a recommitment having turned away from God completely and 79 express a desire to go deeper in their faith – Praise God!

We also got to enjoy an awesome day at the beach, a bonfire, the “Amazing Race” and our annual celebration of our graduating Grade 12s on our formal night.  The best part, according to most of the campers, was catching up with old friends and making new ones and we look forward to next year when we can share together again!

Rachel Mayer – South Queensland District Youth Director

Posted in Sth Qld District

Engaged Men

As go the men, so goes the Church.

I recently shared some insight at the last pastor and leaders retreat, about the correlation between healthy men and healthy churches. If you have the time there are numerous books and statistics that can help you see this correlation and maybe even see how this affects your church. When a man comes to Christ it is more likely that his family will as well. In my own journey, my move closer to God and taking my faith seriously has impacted my whole family. My kids see and hear my response to Jesus and that will have more impact that any youth program ever will. See if it’s good enough for Dad than there must be value there. If Dad isn’t taking it seriously then… why should the kids? It’s very similar to a church, when the Pastor recommends something people take it seriously, when it’s just one of the announcements then it’s hit and miss.

I’m trying to make 2 points here: One, we need engaged men, this will produce a healthy church. Two, we need Pastors to engage with ministry to men beyond including a note in announcements.

This years Man Camp is approaching fast. The last weekend in October (27th-29th) sees our 4th Man Camp taking place at QCCC in Mapleton. The ongoing impact this camp is having is incredible and hard to imagine without having attended. Each year we have seen men finding freedom and strength in Christ. Forgiveness found and given, sins overcome, addictions broken, faith found, deeper faith realized, connections made and all through a powerful move of the Holy Spirit throughout the weekend.

If you haven’t booked yet, or even considered attending then now is the time to change that and seek engagement, both for yourself and the other men of your church.

Stephen Ellis

www.mancamp.org.au

Posted in Sth Qld District

Jar of Hope

“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.” Marion Wright Edelman

Sometimes we are overcome with all the needs that confront us through the media or in our daily life and we wonder how we can help.

One way that you can make a difference is by collecting your coins into Jars of Hope. Each week simply empty the coins from your purse or pocket or dressing table and drop them into a Jar of Hope. Over time the jar will fill up. Adding your jar to many other’s jars will add up and allow World Hope International to reach those in need through our ministries in Cambodia, Papua New Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Maybe you could get your local church or community group involved.

All you need do is;

1/ Find an empty jar. Wash it out and soak off the lable.

2/ Download and print a sticker to paste onto the front of your jar.

3/ Place your jar in a spot where you will see it and be reminded to empty your coins regularly. A good spot is on the kitchen bench, that way your friends and family who come will also drop their coins in.

4/ Once your jar is filled, direct deposit to our bank account and email us admin@worldhope.org.au to let us know you have donated.

(World Hope Int Westpac Bank BSB: 034072 Acc#: 285805)

Check out our website for more information about our projects. www.worldhope.org.au

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Kingsley Update

The task of equipping the saints for ministry is our reason for existence, and one we share with the whole church. In semester two, 2017 Kingsley Community classes are drawing together lay people and ministerial candidates for study. We do that through locating classes around the country, and by connecting students via web conference. Below are just a few of the stories and photos that give an insight into Kingsley training this semester. Please continue to pray for Kingsley students, and encourage others to study who would benefit from further training.

Kay Fulcher- And the New Testament Class

Kay, and a group of students in the Mary Valley, connect with other students via web conference and another group of students in South Brisbane for the Introduction to the New Testament class. Kay is making these face-to-face and digital connections work to encourage a love for the New Testament in those who meet for class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communicating Your Faith- with Gordon Kuss

The class that meets at Hills (Everton Hills) also connects in students via web conference for study this semester on evangelism. Gordon has continued to invest his time and energy into Kingsley students who will grow in knowledge, skill and spiritual passion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Church Planting and Development

The first week in August saw Phil Hotchkin, and other experienced church planters, share instruction and practical experience with a class keen to learn how they can be part of planting and growing healthy churches.

On one afternoon, Lindsay Cameron joined the class to share insights from his new book that mentions past lessons learned regarding church planting.

 

 

 

 

Professional Development- Mentoring Leaders and Christian Apologetics

Among several opportunities for professional development, let me mention two. Mentoring Leaders will be held over the next 6 Tuesday mornings. This is excellent focussed study on developing the skills of a great mentor. Why not plan now to join several classes and hone your mentoring knowledge and skill?

Christian Apologetics is offered as a Graduate Certificate unit with challenging demands on students. But this also makes it excellent PD for our current church leaders. Plan ahead now and join one of the Monday classes across the semester. Contact the College office for more details (03) 9357 3699.

Kevin Brown (Principal), on behalf of the Kingsley Community team.

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Going on a Mission Trip

Having been born and raised in Papua New Guinea (PNG), speaking the trade language of Tok Pisin comes naturally. Often when in the company of other expatriates who served in PNG we will converse in a mix of English and Pisin. Solomon Islands (SI) Pisin is similar to that of PNG, so when I was on a recent Mission Trip to SI assisting in an English Language Course, the rule was established that there was to be no Tok Pisin speaking allowed during class time 8am to 1pm every week day. The biggest offenders of this rule by far were David, Lee and myself – the expatriates! To throw in a Pisin word in the middle of a sentence was so natural to each of us, we did it unconsciously. When it happened the offender received a mark against their name and when there were three marks, they had to do something for the teacher such as bring her a flower or a fruit.

We laughed and learned with the students as Lee GrothOlson from USA, went through basic foundations such as nouns, verbs and adjectives in the first week. Learning how to introduce ourselves to others and look them in the eye was a cultural experience for the students. Lollies were a great reward and some tried to bribe for more lollies.

The Noro Training Centre in SI began it’s first full Semester programme in July with a Preaching course led by Rev Vivienne Manderson, our 2 week intensive English Language Course taught by Lee GrothOlson, former missionary to PNG, followed by a Building Course led by Rev Hall Malasa and a Semester of studies for those completing courses for ordination at the National Conference in January. A Computer Course will also be available in the next month or so. A wide variety of courses for Biblical Study Students as well as Community Courses.

What an experience, living on site for two weeks. Constant rain, limited solar power, rats, snakes, cane toads, swimming, eating sweet pawpaw from the multiple trees in the yard, learning how to make a fan and hats from palm fronds, riding in the back of the truck to go to market, amazing sunsets and so much more! The best part was building relationships with the leaders and future leaders of the Wesleyan Church of Solomon Islands.

– Ruth Thomas

 

 

Posted in Sth Qld District

Looking Carefully

Do we take our communities for granted? What I mean is, do we truly know our communities or are we just guessing what they think, feel and need?

We live in very different and diverse communities. Touching our communities in one city, town or suburb may look completely different in another. However, it would be sad if we did not have a good look at the community, in which we live, work and play. Outreach is enhanced by our understanding of the people we are wanting to reach. Yes, we may know so very little, but I think of Acts 17:22-23. Then Paul stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. (NIV)

Note that he walked around and looked carefully. What he learnt of the community, gave him a stepping-stone to talk to the people. Have we taken the time to consider and understand our communities, their passions, their need, their fears and their concerns? God is wanting us to connect with our communities! But how can that happen if we have never taken the time to do so? How can we see the needs if we are not looking? All of us can fall into the trap of saying I am too busy to get involved, but that does not sound like the response that Jesus would want us to have. Matt 9:36-38 NIV When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”.

 Help us to look Lord
for we know that the compassion and the actions will follow,
when we truly see.

Regards,

Rev. Rex Rigby

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YA Camp

YA Camp 2017 was an amazing weekend. I must admit to being somewhat emotional this year as this was to be my last YA Camp as director after five fantastic years. It started as a desire to see young adults become more passionate about their faith in Jesus, and to see them become engaged in their local churches.

As always he had a great weekend full of fellowship, worship, teaching and fun activities. This year we went for a walk to the bottom of Kondalilla falls on Saturday afternoon. No one was brave enough to swim in the rock pools but the walk was fantastic and the weather was perfect.

Pastor Lex Akers was our speaker and he not only taught us about the significance of our faith in Jesus, but also what that looks like in our lives in a practical way. He wanted us to know our potential as ambassadors for Christ. For me the thing that stood out the most from Lex’s teaching was the challenge to evaluate if the way we live out our faith is more a product of our culture than our calling. What are the cultural practices that we have always known that may be hindering our faith? Lex also had a very strong word of encouragement for women in ministry. This was not just a word of encouragement for the young adult women, but also for the young adult men. We all need to be deliberate in ensuring that our Wesleyan belief about women in leadership is not just nice words in our handbook – we need to see the evidence of it in our churches…

One of the highlights for me was Saturday morning. I gave the young adults an hour to go out onto the camp groups to spend an hour alone with God. I encouraged them to do some worship, to journal, to pray, to sit quietly, to read, but most of all to listen to God. Then Pastor Lex, Pastor Scott Lucas and myself prayed for all 60 young adults as they left the building that they would commune with Jesus and hear clearly from him. As I walked around the property, I saw almost every one of the 60 young adults sitting somewhere in personal time with God. It was so good to see. The best part was the reports that came back later that morning. Many had never taken an hour to just sit at the feet of Jesus. One told me he had never written down anything before in a journal and he wrote down what was on his heart and told me he felt a strong reassurance from God that he was loved and that the answers to his prayers would come. Others said they discovered the benefits of sitting in silence and listening rather than doing all the talking. Others dwelled on some scripture and others felt they got some direction they were seeking from God. My encouragement to them was this – If your time with God was that good in just 1 hour this weekend. Imagine what could happen if you did that every week or even every day!

Sometimes I wish there was a way to do more for our young adults (and kids and youth). They only get one weekend a year. My prayer is that one day soon our district will have an increase in financial resources to allow us to employ someone to do more for our generational ministries. I believe that day is coming. I’m going to pray more for that opportunity to happen!

Our Young Adults have so much to offer our churches. When they gather together like this to worship and go deeper in their faith, they come alive and the passion for Jesus becomes so evident. I wonder how we can encourage and support our younger generations more and allow our churches to give them the freedom to express their love for Jesus more openly. Perhaps their enthusiasm is just what we need… 🙂

God Bless

Nathan Bell

Posted in Sth Qld District

Kingsley Update

Bum-Shufflers Play Group
Meet Kerri- she enrolled into Field Education (better known as “God in the Neighborhood”), a Kingsley Community Advanced Diploma subject. Kerri and her class-mates explored how the church can be part of community development.
In Kerri’s words, “One of the highlights of the class was being able to visit the work of ‘Urban Seed’ in Melbourne city and Geelong. We got to meet the people who are working on the streets and to hear their stories and struggles. We were able to see where they work and understand why they do what they do.”

Each Field Education student was expected to research, carry out interviews in their community, and draft the plan for a project that would serve the community. One of the joys of Kerri’s life is helping to care for her disabled grandson. Her project was to work with others and develop a play group for families who care for disabled children. The play group will provide an opportunity for the kids to play together, and just as importantly, give the parents a chance to chat with others and relax over a cuppa.
Many of the kids shuffle around on their bottom- just like Kerri’s grandson- hence the name; “Bum-Shufflers Play Group.”
Kerri is just one Kingsley student of the very many who are living out their faith in their community and making a difference in the Name of their Savior. Well done Kerri!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Librarian Legends
For many years Margaret Tong served in the Kingsley library in Glenroy. Since the move of the Kingsley Headquarters to Broadmeadows, and development of a library across several of the Kingsley Community Training Centres, Margaret and Norm have both worked faithfully. Norm and Margaret have sacrificially given their time and energy, well into retirement years. Their goal has always been to serve their Lord- and provide study resources for Kingsley students.
The library collection in Brisbane needed a serious sorting out. Recently, Margaret and Norm drove from Melbourne to Brisbane and whipped the South Brisbane library into shape.
Kingsley students and Wesleyan leaders from around South Queensland are very welcome to make use of the library at the Kingsley training centre, Mackenzie.

Thank you for your hard work in Brisbane Margaret and Norm! Welcome back to Victoria where there are many more books ready for your attention…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professional Development in Semester Two, 2017
Each year in Kingsley College we open up our subjects to welcome leaders and pastors for professional development.
The Doctrine of Holiness subject ran in semester one. A couple of our experienced pastors joined for PD. One of our pastors gave this feedback:
“The web interaction was good and being able to use ebooks while interacting with the class was good. Doing courses this way meets my need of face-to-face interaction as opposed to straight correspondence.
A good course and I think maybe all pastors should be more involved in continued education, especially on this subject.”
We could not agree more- all of our pastors should be involved in continuing education. In semester two, we have some excellent opportunities for PD. Below is a list of just some of those opportunities. Contact the College office in Melbourne on (03) 9357 3699 for more info and to enroll, or check the Kingsley Facebook page or website.

Biblical Foundations: Genesis 1-11 (offering in Brisbane and by web conference)
Mentoring Leaders (Offering in Melbourne and web conference- Tuesday mornings from the 8th August)
Church Planting & Development (offered in Melbourne and web conference- one week intensive, 31st July to 4th August)
Christian Apologetics (Offered in Melbourne and web conference- seven Monday’s from 7th August)

 

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Wesleyan Women

The National Executive of Wesleyan Women hosted a forum on Domestic Violence at our National Office in Brisbane on 25 May 2017. The purpose of the forum was to inform key stakeholders in the Wesleyan Church and Wesleyan Women on domestic violence issues, to resource-share and to brain-storm strategic responses going forward. Julie Tyler (Southern District) facilitated discussions and provided input. Elisiva Moala of Divine Grace WMC, (Sth Qld District), Leonie Taylor of One Mob Fellowship and Lee-Anne Simpson from Yeppoon (Nth Qld District) were keynote presenters. Written submissions were also received from June Qoraqana (Solomon Islands Wesleyan Women), David Collins (missionary/theological trainer, Solomon Islands) and the office of Dame Carol Kidu, retired Member of Parliament in Papua New Guinea. The forum resolved to form a task force to draft a strong position statement on domestic violence for presentation to the National Board of Administration.

– Deb Kuss (on behalf of National Wesleyan Women)

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The Next Step

God has been doing some amazing things in and around us. I am reminded of the scripture, Matthew 16:18b NIV,

And on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

Some recent developments are:
• The establishment of a centre that services the office needs of the SQ District Administration, National Administration and the SQ Kingsley Community hub. This site is a professional centre, which will enable us to do far more, and we are now on the verge of increasing it’s potential.
• The Office of World Hope Australia, as it impacts need around the world, particularly in our region and within our own country. These are early days but in due course we will see this take place. As well as the appointment of Ruth Thomas as the Australian CEO.
• The gifts and compassion of the people that are impacting our communities in so many ways. The potential is great when God takes a hold of us.

The next key stone in the building is the Revitalisation and Multiplication Strategy headed by Rev. Troy Beer in line with the vision we have for the church to be all that God wants us to be. While this strategy is still in the development stage, I will say that this is emerging with a depth and clarity that can make a profound difference. It is not a one size fits all.

I want to present to you Rev. Troy Beer and Mrs Stephanie McGill, who will be working together in this endeavour. In August I, the Superintendent, will be meeting with Troy and Steph over two days refining the strategy further.

This next step is, I believe, a God movement to revitalise and multiply our Churches. Troy and Steph under my leadership, and with the support of the District Superintendents will, when they are invited, come alongside the churches and the leaders around the country.

Please click here and take some time to listen to Troy as he shares the next step.

Blessings,

Rev Rex Rigby
St Qld District & National Superintendent

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