The magnificent beauty of God’s design for men and women - with Andrew Leslie
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by Andrew Leslie
17h ago
Andrew Leslie is encouraging us to first take a step back from practical concerns and reflect on the beauty and wisdom of the bible’s teaching about manhood and womanhood. In much contemporary debate about gender we focus on practical questions about what different people can do.   However the head of Moore Theological College’s Doctrine Department says the picture of gender in the beginning is not an arbitrary divine imposition that comes with its own set of arbitrary rules and instructions. Rather, the man and the woman together – and only together – irreducibly different and yet one in ..read more
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Creating a future proofed church - with Stephen McAlpine
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by Stephen McAlpine
1w ago
Stephen McAlpine says the real question is “Does the future have a church?” The statistics are not our friend. We have been talking on The Pastor’s Heart about dropping church attendance. Stephen McAlpine is writing about the more widespread phenomenon. He says some countries like the US are coming off a high base and in those places there is fat and cultural cachet to play with, whereas the level of religious commitment in the UK has dropped so dramatically that it is possible to imagine a time when Christianity will be a thing of the past. In Australia the proportion of people self ident ..read more
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Church socials in the new age - with Liz Fong and Hannah Thiem
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by Hannah Thiem, Liz Fong
2w ago
Social media is changing again. In an increasingly digital age, our collective consciousness is captured by infinite scrolling, short-form videos, and internet personalities. A church's social media presence has gone from an optional nicety to a key lever for engaging newcomers to church.  How can pastors and ministry teams best capture the opportunities that can come with social media? How can a church's resources be best assigned to this new space? What if our gifts and skills don't line up? Hannah Thiem and Liz Fong discuss best practice and minimum dose for churches and pastors on soc ..read more
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Better relationships between senior pastors and female ministry team members - with Clare Deeves
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by Clare Deeves
3w ago
How can male senior pastors have better relationships with the women on their ministry teams, where everyone shares complementarian convictions. In those contexts - there are stories around that suggesting that relationships between some senior pastors and the women on the teams have been strained and have sometimes broken down completely. There’s been massive cost to the individual, the team, the churches and to gospel work. Clare Deeves has just completed her PhD, studying working relationships between women employed in complementarian ministry teams and the senior pastor who they work wi ..read more
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Key reading for pastors in 2024 - with Archie Poulos
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by Archie Poulos
1M ago
We sit down with Head of Sydney’s Moore Theological College’s Ministry Department Archie Poulos and check what he’s been reading the last few months (in a secular and Christian sense) and the impact they are making on his ministry and leadership thinking.  These include:  Growth and change - by Andrew Heard - The danger and necessity of a passion for church growth  The Infinite Game - by Simon Sineck - exploring the consequences of short and long term thinking in business and life  The Human Element: Overcoming the resistance that awaits new ideas - by Loran Nordgren and D ..read more
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Growth and change - with Andrew Heard
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by Andrew Heard
1M ago
‘Many of the ways we are running our churches and ministries and many of the ways we are exercising leadership within our churches, has become a significant hindrance to the growth of the church.’ Andrew Heard’s about to be released book Growth and Change will be the ‘must read’ book for pastor’s for 2024. In his opening preface Gospel Coalition founder  DA Carson - says ‘I am usually loath to proclaim that such and such a book is the best in it’s field … but if there is one book that happily serves as the exception to the rule, Heard’s book is it. Change is painful.  Why don’t we ..read more
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Riding the wave of significant growth - with Indian Ocean Archbishop James Wong
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by James Wong
1M ago
Gospel ministry in the Indian Ocean is growing rapidly. Anglican Primate James Wong leads the ministry in Seychelles, Madagascar and Mauritius and is visiting Sydney, on a speaking tour of the Church Missionary Society Australian Summer Conferences. Archbishop Wong charts a course for further growth in ministry in his region. Plus he outlines the detailed back room work taking place to reset the Anglican Communion, following the failure of the Church of England leadership to repent, ahead of the significant Global South meeting in Cairo in June. Archbishop Wong is an advisor to the Gafcon ..read more
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What to do about threats and weaknesses - with David Rietveld
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by David Rietveld
1M ago
The massive drop in church attendance is a crisis facing churches across the Western World and there are external pressures and internal weaknesses that need to be addressed at every level of the church. We highlighted a few months ago the attendance drop in Sydney Anglican Evangelical Churches in the last ten years.  Raj Gupta first called it a plateau problem.  But the data released at last September’s Synod shows it’s now much worse.  From a high in 2015, attendance in 2019 was down 7.5 percent. And in 2022, attendance was down a further ten percent. Even allowing for a cov ..read more
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What to do about threats and weaknesses - with David Rietveld
The Pastor's Heart
by David Rietveld
1M ago
The massive drop in church attendance is a crisis facing churches across the Western World and there are external pressures and internal weaknesses that need to be addressed at every level of the church. We highlighted a few months ago the attendance drop in Sydney Anglican Evangelical Churches in the last ten years.  Raj Gupta first called it a plateau problem.  But the data released at last September’s Synod shows it’s now much worse.  From a high in 2015, attendance in 2019 was down 7.5 percent. And in 2022, attendance was down a further ten percent. https://www.thepastorshe ..read more
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BEST OF: What if Colin Buchanan was Archbishop? - with Colin Buchanan
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by Dominic Steele
2M ago
We catch up with Australian Christian musician for one of our funniest ever episodes, but with a serious message. Colin talks with Dominic Steele about managing life as a public Christian, living with integrity in family, church and while engaging in the secular media.  Colin draws on his experience with Play School to share top tips for kids' ministry and shares his insights on planning public Christian events. We delve into Colin’s approach to songwriting and how he balances truth and clarity within simple songs, designed for kids. Plus Colin launches a new and exclusive song "If you ha ..read more
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