As I settle into the role of Director of Ministries, one of the many blessings I’ve already experienced is the opportunity to see how God is at work in such diverse and exciting ways across our movement. From the inner city to rural contexts and everything in between, stories abound of people and churches impacting the world around them for Christ.
We’ll have a chance to hear and celebrate some of those stories on Saturday 17th September. At our mid-year Assembly on the morning of that day, we will also worship together, affirm our strategic priorities for 2017-19, and receive an initial report from those who have been reviewing our new Association Constitution to further enable our ministry.
The venue will be Morling College. Then in the middle of the day and over lunch we will celebrate our College’s 100th birthday. We thank God for the impact of Morling over the last century, and its ongoing commitment to training women and men for ministry, mission and witness. We continue to look to the future after lunch at our annual Accreditation Service when 18 people will be set aside for accredited ministry. It will be an inspiring day and I invite you to be part of it! For more details and to book in, go to [Aaron can you pls fill in].
I also want to acknowledge the ministry of Ken Clendinning, our previous (and first) Director of Ministries, who will be farewelled as he officially concludes services with our Association on Friday evening 16th September. Ken has made an enormous contribution to the life of our movement over more than 40 years, both in local pastoral ministry, through our College, and in his leadership in the Association. We wish him and Judy well as they look to the next phase of life and ministry together.
Finally, it’s a real pleasure to introduce two new members of the ministry team at the Association. Jonathan Bradford recently commenced as our new Standards Manager, overseeing our ministry standards unit and our Safe Churches training. Jonathan is one of our accredited ministers with over 10 years’ pastoral experience and also experience in case management. Jamie Freeman will soon commence as Church Planting Facilitator, bringing leadership to our ongoing commitment to pioneering work as we pursue our Gen1K vision of 1000 healthy churches in a generation.