Kingsley Update

Congratulations to Some Kingsley Graduates
Every semester, more students graduate from our four awards. Three of those graduates were able to celebrate and be recognized for their achievement at the Pastor’s conference.
Congratulations Nathan Bell, Scott Lucas and Scott Griffith!
Two of our hard-working Kingsley Community Trainers, Gordon Kuss and Mal Moses, presented the awards and affirmed their support for these students.
For both Scott Lucas and Scott Griffith, this was an especially exciting achievement – the completion of their Graduate Certificate of Christian Ministry and Theology – the final award toward their ordination.
This was a milestone for these pastors, and an exciting moment for the college as we see students complete all expectations toward ordination.
If you see these three men (or other graduates) in your travels- please congratulate them!

Change of Staff at the Melbourne Campus
Many of you will have come to know and appreciate Paulini Torovugalei at the College office in Melbourne. Unfortunately for us, Paulini has moved back to Fiji for work. We wish Paulini God’s very best.
Gemma Brown was already working part-time at the college in the library and giving student support. She graciously stepped up to learn from Paulini and is now the administrative assistant at the Melbourne campus. Gemma has very big shoes to fill, but we are sure that she will be a blessing to the college students and trainers through her work.

 

 

 

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Sth Qld District Women Alive

It has been a wonderful way to kick off our women’s ministry events this year with three outstanding Women Alive days here in the South Qld district! The days were held in Maryborough, Toowoomba and South Brisbane in an effort to spread our reach to the women all over our area.

Friends connected from far and wide, sharing fun, faith, food and fellowship! Powerful testimonies reminded us of God’s goodness through the good and the bad times of life. Thank you to all the churches and pastors/staff who helped promote the days to their congregations. Thanks you to Heather Hall and her team for organizing and running the Toowoomba day and to LifeChurch and ThreeSixteen for hosting us. Registrations are now open for our women’s RETREAT and we will have more information out to the churches soon. God bless you all!

Jade Griffith
Wesleyan Women South Qld District Coordinator

 

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Leaving No One Behind

What does it mean to empower the vulnerable?

Building on the principle of “leaving no one behind” the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015, which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Achim Steiner, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), stated at the Global Disability Summit in London, Summer 2018, that, “To realize the promise of the 2030 Agenda – and its core pledge to leave no one behind – it is essential that all peoples, particularly those facing discrimination and exclusion, have access and voice and can participate equally in every aspect of life.”

The SDGs specifically include and reference disability and persons with disabilities. “This is a matter of justice, and equal opportunity, as well as economic growth,” Steiner continued.

The 2030 Agenda declares that “People who are vulnerable must be empowered. Those whose needs are reflected in the Agenda include all children, youth, persons with disabilities (of whom more than 80 per cent live in poverty).”

At World Hope International (WHI), we believe that empowerment includes providing access to opportunity as well as reaffirming faith in the dignity and worth of every human person.

We believe that sometimes, empowerment looks like enabling: enabling those living with disabilities to develop fine motor skills so they can sit up, stand, walk, run, hold a pencil, write, command their place in society and not be left behind. 

Our Enable the Children (ETC) program in Sierra Leone is a multi-faceted project that provides home-based therapy for children living with disabilities in Freetown, promotes an understanding of disability issues within local communities and family units, and mobilizes support for people living with disability – a vulnerable group that actually consists of one billion people worldwide, or 15% of the world’s populationaccording to the World Bank.

The ETC program is directed by Anna Vines, a Physiotherapist from the UK who won a Point of Light Award from Prime Minister Theresa May and co-authored the Trauma Orthopaedics chapters in The Concise Guide to Physiotherapy – Volume 1: Assessment and Volume 2: Treatment by Tim Ainslie.

Every year, ETC celebrates not only the children in the program, but their families and caregivers as well, hosting a beach day outing in partnership with many other organizations and companies. This year, the event was held on February 16 and the Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Gender, and Children’s Affairs; the President for the Sierra Leonean Union for Disability Issues; the Chairman for the Pastors Union in the east part of Freetown; the Chairman for the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities in Sierra Leone; and the President for the Union for the Blind in Sierra Leone all provided remarks that encouraged families and caregivers and emphasized seriously addressing the stigmatizing of or discriminating against people living with disabilities.

Click the graphic below to see 5 SDG Goals that disability is included in: 

At the Global Disability Summit last summer, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed observed that women and girls living with disabilities suffer the “double discrimination” of sex and disability, and Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) pointed out that children with disabilities living through conflict or disaster also face a double disadvantage as, in addition to dangers of violence, hunger, or security, they have to deal with “lack of mobility because of shattered infrastructure, difficulty fleeing harm and the prejudices that keep them from accessing the urgent assistance they need.”

The time to work alongside communities and leaders to enable children with disabilities is now.

Moving forward, ETC is hoping to build rehabilitation services for children with disabilities in Freetown and across Sierra Leone. “We would like to empower families and communities to love and accept children with disabilities, helping them to achieve their full potential,” Anna Vines shared. “We would like to see community leaders advocating for the rights of children with disabilities and seeing them as a valuable part of the society.”

World Hope International

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Compassion

When Moses ascended Mount Sinai to receive the Law, he didn’t know what he was going to get was a revelation of the character and nature of God:

Exodus 34 6And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”

This is a beautiful picture of the love and compassion and graciousness of God toward His children, contrasted against the truth of His justice and judgement of sin and rebellion.

We all deserve to be treated in the latter way, but because of the character of God, we get to be treated in the former way. God’s heart is for people. It is for people who are lost, for people who are seeking, for people in need. He is compassionate, gracious, patient, loving and forgiving.

The heart of God for all people is seen again and again throughout Scripture, and it’s particularly clear that His heart is for the weak and powerless (see James 1:27, Isaiah 1:17, Psalm 12:5, 146:7 just to name a few). The heart of Jesus’ ministry also focused on the weak, powerless and needy. And it’s particularly clear that we also are called to show compassion towards the powerless and down-trodden in our society.

We are called not to jump on the bandwagon of ‘us and them’, or of stepping on or over others to get ahead, or of pointing the finger or oppressing another people group. In fact we’re called to go out of our way to lift others up and in so doing, bring about some measure of equality. To exhibit the character of God in us by offering compassion and grace, when we’d rather withhold it. James says thisis true religion!

This… the extending of a hand of help or friendship to someone who – it’s easy to think – doesn’t deserve it, as God in Christ Jesus did for us. This…the hard but merciful act of forgiving a painful offence when it would be easier to hold a grudge. This…  the personally challenging gift of giving yourself (time) or your possessions (wealth) to benefit another person, who, we think, ought to take responsibility for their own lives.

Compassion is seeing the need in others and being moved to action, not just feeling bad, it’s actually doing something about it. That costs us, as it did our Lord. It’s the way of the cross and it’s the way for a Christian.

“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! 9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  [Philippians 2:5-11]

Rev Rob Simpson
Sth Qld District Assistant District Superintendent

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The Wesleyan Methodist Church of New Zealand

Recently the Wesleyan Methodist Church of New Zealand ran their National Conference, ConneXion. Rev. Rex Rigby was able to attend and preach at the opening worship service.

The Conference was a wonderful time of fellowship as well as a fruitful time of business. Richard Waugh was re-elected as National Superintendent.

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World Hope

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Kingsley Update

Within Kingsley College our vision is to develop and equip people to work in and through their local church to shape their world. We do that work to develop and equip others by connecting students to training in a training centre in person or via web conference. Our 10433NAT Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology* is an excellent platform for equipping lay people for their ministry, and it also works as the first year of study for ministerial candidates.

Beyond equipping lay people and ministerial candidates, we also endeavor to draw in others looking for non-accredited training- be that lay people or experienced leaders. This photo tells some of that story:

In this past semester Paul joined the Leading and Developing Othersclass as an experienced leader looking for professional development. Scott and Scott completed the subject as the final subject toward ordination in the *Graduate Certificate. Nuku and Elisiva studied as part of their journey toward ordination. Paul joined the trainer in person, while the rest of the class joined via web conference. All of the students were challenged to develop as leaders and equipped to lead others well.

Around the country men and women joined Kingsley Community classes and gained the training to equip them for the ministry God has for them. 2018 has been another good year of ministry training. We are exciting by what God will do in the life of the college in 2019.

Please be praying that God will call many more women into study in 2019.
Pray that word will spread to international students who are seeking study with a Methodist college in Australia.
Pray for Kingsley College trainers- as they seek to serve God with the teaching gifts He has given.
*Kingsley College delivers training under the auspice of Unity College Australia RTO 6330, CRICOS code 02160A.
Kevin Brown
Principle

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Nth Qld District Conference

Discovering Discipleship Pathwayswas the clear theme for this year’s selection of speakers as we took on the first of three years inspired by our National Heartbeat. Next year we will be Discovering Leadership Pathways and in the third year we will Discover how to grow and become POD Churches.

 It was truly a family atmospherewith Rev Melissa George (National Children’s Director) engaged with 17 primary -aged children and Jonathan McClintock (District Youth Director) motivating 13 High School age children in a total of 82 people in caravans, campervans, and cabins. A potential snake bite and a near-tragic swimming incident only served to strengthen the bonds between us and heighten our worship of our Lord.

While 7 of our 8 churches were represented – we missed our dear brothers and sisters from the One Mob Fellowship church and Band – we are excited with the prospect of planting two new churches in the coming year. Co-labourer’s support this year is being directed to the new church plant at Elliot Springs, the Cairns replant, One Mob Fellowship and another potential church plant.

Over the past 12 months, our District celebrated the Ordination of David Robertson; the arrival of Kenneth Wilson from Canada (Townsville WMC Youth & Young Adults); the appointment of Carol Major as Supply Pastor to One Mob Fellowship WMC, increased membership (177-181) and attendances in worship(+3%), small groups (+4%) and Sunday School (+54%).

The elected District Leadership team, almost unchanged, is working well together and looking forward to spiritual and numerical growth both in new churches, and also in membership with only 19 more to reach Provisional District Status.

The messages from a variety of speakers complemented each other:

  • Rev Stuart Hall – the urgency to take the time and personal commitment to see Christ formed in our disciple-making;
  • Rev Rex Rigby – abiding: choose your connections, they determine your capacity;
  • Rev David Robertson – the necessary heart choices to become fruitful disciples
  • Rev Keith Rose – being qualified, not under-, over-, or dis-qualified.
  • Rev Ron McClintock – presented their Yeppoon “under construction” Discipleship Pathway
  • Rev Dr Don Hardgrave – challenged us to be ready in a day of opportunity with the message of holiness needed for a might spiritual awakening in our day.

Presentations were also given by Rev Kevin Brown about Kingsley Australia, by Mrs Ruth Thomas about World Hope Australia and by Rev David Collins about Wesleyan World Missions (focus on the Solomon Islands)

Our Church family went out inspired by the messages, encouraged by the fellowship, hopeful for the harvest and prepared to pay the price to be true disciples of Jesus Christ.

Rev Stuart Hall
Nth Qld District Superintendent

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Not Just at Christmas

Out of the passage in Matthew 25:34-40) comes the words of Jesus,“I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” * (ESV)

I had the privilege of sharing over the last month in New Zealand and Melbourne on the theme, ‘There are Ghosts all around us’. I was not talking about Charles Dickens classic ‘A Christmas Carol’.  And for the movie buffs I am not talking about the Bruce Willis movie, The Six Sense with the statement “I see dead people.”

I am talking about the invisible people; the people that feel that they are unnoticed and not understood. They are the ghosts in the crowd, the invisibles.  I have had people tell that they feel invisible, unnoticed and not understood.  Leon F. Seltzer, Ph.D said that,“if we do not or can’t, experience others as understanding us — who we are and what we’re about — then all of these other wants can end up feeling relatively meaningless.” [1]

It is as the song Mr. Cellophane from the musical Chicago states.

If someone stood up in a crowd
And raised their voice up way out loud
And waved their arm and shook his leg
You’d notice him

If someone in the movie show
Yelled, “Fire”, in the second row
This whole place is a powder keg
You’d notice him

And even without clucking like a hen
Everyone gets noticed, now and then
Unless of course, that personage should be
Invisible, inconsequential me

Cellophane, Mr. Cellophane shoulda been my name
Mr. Cellophane ’cause you can look right through me
Walk right by me and never know I’m there.

By John C. Reilly 2001

 To feel you are not noticed, to feel you don’t belong, to feel you are not understood is to feel invisible. There are ghosts all around us.  They are in our churches, and in our communities.  The invisibles at times can be those of our own culture who just can’t seem to fit in. They can be those that are outside the dominate culture and for both groups it is like living in the shadows.  The words of Jesus, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” * (ESV) confront me and calls me to go to them.  A concerning danger that we face today is that we have a consumer concept of church. The idea that it’s about me and what I can get out of it. Meanwhile there are ghosts in our midst that are crying out to be heard and to be understood to the point where they do not feel they are valued, and they lack a deep sense of belonging. Maybe we all feel like this at times.

To see this change requires of us all an adherence to passages like, Philippians 2:3-4 (ESV) “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

 The question for us is how we can do this; how can we live out this biblical mandate? It can be as simple as first looking around and noticing the invisibles and then going out of our way, moving out from a place of comfort to welcome the strangers in our churches and in our communities.  It may require a step of faith to go to those in the shadows and a faith that responds to the interests of others.

When the baby Jesus was lying in a feeding troth in a barn, some might have said that’s ok; that he was an unimportant child.  If only they had known who he was.  We have the opportunity of welcoming the ones that may appear unimportant!  And not just at Christmas.

Some other verses to note.  Deuteronomy 10:19, Leviticus 19:34 and Hebrews 13:1.

Questions

  • Who are the strangers?
  • How can I welcome them?
  • How can we live out Philippians 2:3-4?

Rev Rex E Rigby
National Superintendent

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Rise Up Retreat

Wesleyan Women (WW) have been planning for a number of years for a National Women’s Retreat. Our planning and prayers came to fruition in August this year with Rise Up Retreat. The enthusiasm for Rise Up was beyond what we could have anticipated. We were booked beyond capacity weeks before the event. Rise Up was a coordinated effort between the National WW Executive, and I’m thankful for the support, wisdom and efforts of this team, and the South Queensland Wesleyan Women’s committee. SQWW had a mammoth task to coordinate the details for the efficient and smooth running of the weekend but their attention to detail, their work ethic and passion was beyond measure. I continue to be overwhelmed by this team and my heart overflows with gratitude.

We were blessed with Dr JoAnne Lyon as our keynote speaker. She brought powerful messages from the front and exhibited a humble and down-to-earth manner in every interaction. What a blessing to have her with us. I am confident that her messages continue to resonate with each of us.

What we didn’t anticipate was the response from our sisters from the Solomon’s and PNG. We had nearly forty women present from our neighbouring countries. Our own women rose to the challenge to assist with the extra expenses with fundraising going towards bus hire, linen hire and helping with registration fees but we heard of the incredible and concerted efforts of women from SI and PNG to raise their own funds to join us. What an honour to have women from all over our nation and overseas.

One particular highlight for me was to have Gloria Philip, SI National Wesleyan Women Director, bring one of the messages. Over the years WW has provided speakers for the SI Women’s Conferences so inviting Gloria, a respected leader and teacher, to bring a message to us was a significant moment. Teaching and resourcing was also provided via workshops. Cheri Floyd spoke on cross cultural ministry, Julie Tyler taught on domestic violence and Ange Van Der Leeuw shared on hope and healing.

I could continue to elaborate on the many moments comprising the weekend but enough to say that it was evident to all that the Holy Spirit had brought us together and God’s work was achieved over the weekend. All glory to God.

Mrs Annette Dobson (National Director WW)

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