The Pastor's Heart interviews - from www.thepastorsheart.net
It’s hard because we go into ministry because we like doing the ministry.
But if things are to grow, we need to step back and empower and encourage others in these roles.
This is true in kids ministry, but it’s true across the church.
I think this is one of the major factors that is hampering the growth of our churches.
We are talking this Tuesday with Sandy Galea, from MBM Rooty Hill in Sydney’s West and Kidswise about how to grow ministry teams.
Andrew Beddoe is asking about evangelical churches: Where are the tradies? Where are the factory workers? Retail workers? Those on social welfare benefits?
The stresses of pastoring are well known and can be a match for even the best-prepared, most experienced in ministry--multiple tasks, long hours, taxing responsibilities and challenging personalities. Donald Guthrie takes us through his thoughts on how to have fruitful ministry over the long haul.
Rolling out vision in an Evangelical Church! ’People don’t give to need, they give to vision.’
But what is vision and how do you come up with the vision, workshop with key stakeholders, communicate the vision, roll it out?
Our guest is Dean of Students at Sydney’s Moore Theological College Paul Grimmond. Paul has battled with anxiety all his adult life, and has been quite open about this. He wrote recently “‘Don’t be anxious about anything,’ Is that all God’s got to say?”
David Robertson is minister of St Peters Free Church in Dundee Scotland. http://www.stpeters-dundee.org.uk He is also the associate director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity http://www.solas-cpc.org
David is in Sydney to speak at Katoomba Christian Convention and for a holiday.
He does a lot of writing – in newspapers, magazines, on the net and also books. He’s the author of Awakening (the life of Robert Murray McCheyne); The Dawkins Letters, Quench (cafe evangelism) and Magnificent Obsession. His latest book is called Engaging With Atheists.
He’s interested in history, politics, theology, music, sport, art etc. David’s a ‘big picture’ person who likes to look at things in a wide context – especially the growth, decline and renewal of the church in the West….
His nickname ‘wee flea’ comes from a series of interactions He had on the Richard Dawkins website. Robertson was banned from his site under his own name and Dawkins called him, Alaister McGarth and John Lennox ‘fleas living of a dogs back’.
Robertson promptly started reposting under the name ‘the wee flea’, and Dawkins, not being aware of Scottish church history or the nickname of my denomination (the wee frees), let it go by for a few weeks…until he was outed…and banned again!
The Wollongong region has just seen 60 churches band together in a combined effort to reach their district for Jesus. The initiative was conceived and lead by the senior minister of Wollongong Anglican cathedral, Sandy Grant.
Sandy joins Dominic Steele to talk through the wins and lessons from the mission, “Jesus is___”.
This is a special edition of The Pastor's Heart, linked to this month's national Australian ministry conference, Nexus, on to the topic of 'Every Member Ministry.'
Rachel Ciano lectures in church history at Sydney Missionary & Bible College and joins Dominic Stele to discuss the impact of the Reformation on the Roman Church.