This September (26-29), Camp Kanga, Proserpine, hosted our 24th District Conference in North Queensland.
We are on our way to a healthy Provisional District with 188 Covenant Members and 10 churches, 3 Established churches, and a new Tongan Pioneer Fellowship (Tully), stretching from Cairns to Woorabinda (13hrs drive).
Rev Stuart Hall opened the conference with a focus on the anointing that is needed for every disciple to produce a healthy movement as we fulfil the Great Commission. Rev Gary McClintock followed this up with practical challenges from the life of Lot – “Where are you pitching your tent?” and Daniel – Discovering that God partners with true disciples to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine!”
District Conference was a real family event this year, with 20 kids and the ministry of Rev Melissa George, our National Children’s Director investing creatively and biblically into their lives and blessing us on our final night with a dynamic worship song. Parents were grateful for morning and evening sessions, so that they could attend the conference sessions and evening rallies.
We were also blessed to have NS Rev Rex Rigby call us to align with the missional heart of God, by Crossing the Road culturally with the good news of Jesus Christ. Rev David Collins updated us on the latest developments at the Noro Training Centre in the Solomon Islands; Rev Kevin Brown brought information about how Kingsley can partner with local churches and Rev Gary McClintock explained the training opportunities with TSM.
The pastors’ forum opened the idea of breaking down goals into smaller measurable steps, discussed ways to engage those who have a called to keep moving in their calling and considered the use of interns and the importance of professional development.
Electives: Rev Melissa George challenged us to take our children’s ministries to a new level by building relationships with parents; Rev Gary McClintock promoted the goal of Christ-like transformation as the object of our small groups.
Doris handled our registration needs; Rev Bert provided transport for our guests, and Kerryn kept us smiling and on time. Chris Leong and Pastor Jazmine (plus team) helped us connect with God in worship each night.
Ministerial students were recognised for their completed studies, Pastor’s reports celebrated, District Officers elected and Pastors stationed to move us into an effective new year in the North. Overall the Conference was a very encouraging time of gathering together to share the challenges and exciting ways that God has been at work throughout the past year and to inspire us to be making disciples for His glory.