You Will Never ‘Find’ Yourself

You Will Never ‘Find’ Yourself

  Have you ever had a ‘sliding doors’ moment? One of those fork-in-the-road moments where you were left wondering years later, ‘I wonder what would have happened if I took the other option?’  Like, what would have happened if you took that other job, married that other person, stayed overseas a bit longer, studied that other […]

Your Most Defining Decade

Your Most Defining Decade

Here’re the facts.  8 out of 10 of your most defining memories will take place while you are in your 20’s, Your brain undertakes its second major growth spurt, re-wiring itself and defining the neurological pathways that will define your adult experience … while you are in your 20’s, and Your personality goes through more […]

Sin, Version 2.0

Sin, Version 2.0

  One of the challenges of NEXT is that it invites you to revisit many of your ‘Sunday School’ beliefs that haven’t been revisited for many years. Sometimes these old truths need to get dusted of, inspected and reconsidered in the light of the years that have transpired since. Its not that these old beliefs […]

Young Adults and the (Australian) Church – Haemorrhaging or Not?

Young Adults and the (Australian) Church – Haemorrhaging or Not?

Regardless of what we might believe IN, we are only just beginning to understand HOW we go about believing …anything New Article: Haemorrhaging Faith – Darren Cronshaw, Rowan Lewis, Stacey Wilson Australian eJournal of Theology, Vol 23, No 1, 2006 (The Australian eJournal of Theology (AEJT) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal (i.e., free to read!) published three times a year. It provides a scholarly forum […]

Test Drive NEXT @ Soul Survivor

Test Drive NEXT @ Soul Survivor

If you’ve ever wondered what NEXT is like, but don’t have a spare year just to test it out – well here is your answer! NEXT is all around the place at Soul Survivor: There is a ‘NEXT Stream’ of  Seminars on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the festival, Mia will be holding space during […]

The Last 5% of Honesty

The Last 5% of Honesty

  “If there is something that makes me just a little uncomfortable around you, it is that you are not just 95% honest like everyone else. You are 100% honest. All the time. You seem to be completely incapable of pretence. And frankly, it is that last 5% of honesty that is … well … […]

When God Is (Still) Not Being Clear – Finding God’s Will Part 2

When God Is (Still) Not Being Clear – Finding God’s Will Part 2

    My previous post outlined some important principles about seeking God’s will and particularly the way we can engage with scripture to do so.  It also promised that in this post, I would outline a really practical way of discerning God’s will when you simply have to make a decision.  It is a process that I find […]

When God Is Not Being Clear

When God Is Not Being Clear

  As we launch our new program – NEXT2 – we are exploring purpose, vocation, calling and discerning the way ahead through our blog. This week, we are re-posting a blog written by Rowan Lewis, team leader at NEXT, that explores God’s Will and finding our way when things aren’t clear. We will be going deeper […]

On Finding the Purpose of Your Life

On Finding the Purpose of Your Life

  ANNOUNCING NEXT2 We are excited to launch a new program for young adults – NEXT2. Running alongside NEXT, both programs share a common dream of accompanying young people upon life’s journey – finding faith, finding themselves,  finding direction. While NEXT focuses on post-highschool students with a more intensive program offered over 2.5 days a week, NEXT2 is a 1 […]

FAITH THAT FITS

FAITH THAT FITS

I find the phrase ‘one size fits all’ ironic. These ready-made clothes are garments that are made to fit everybody and in reality they fit nobody. If you think about it the idea is quite contradictory. People are not created by machinery and produced in sizes. It is rightly consequential then that clothes which are […]