Churches reconsidering Gospel and Culture – NYMC Podcast #2

Churches reconsidering Gospel and Culture – NYMC Podcast #2

In this PodCast, we explore how churches that reconsider their approach to gospel and culture allows them to engage with a younger generation and helps their faith to grow. But how to do this, and not lose the heart and soul of Christian faith is the trick.

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 […]

Youth Spirituality Course, Thursday Nights @ Whitley

In short, I had discovered that I was doing OK at running a youth ministry machine while being basically clueless about how faith actually grows in youth and young adults Turning points … at the time they are often painful, but life would be pretty straight without them (pun intended). I have blogged previously about […]

Are Australia Churches Haemorrhaging Faith?

Are Australia Churches Haemorrhaging Faith?

I think I have begrudgingly reached the conclusion that I am not proud of and wish were not true. The conclusion is, that the contemporary church (at least in the West) is by and large failing in its primary task of passing on faith to the next generation. I realise this is a big call to make […]

Bend, Don’t Break: The Importance of a Flexible Faith

Bend, Don’t Break: The Importance of a Flexible Faith

I’ve heard some people say that the opposite of faith is not doubt but certainty. While I agree that doubt is definitely not the opposite of faith, I’m not so sure that certainty is either. Having said that, I am sure that equating certainty with faith is highly problematic. Here are some interesting thoughts from […]

When Faith Grows Up: Part 3) Pizza Faith

When Faith Grows Up: Part 3) Pizza Faith

I was in my second year as a paid youth and young adults minister when it happened.  As I look back, it was a major turning point  – a total collision with a reality that said, ‘Everything you are doing in youth ministry is fatally flawed’ OK, that might sound a little melodramatic, so lets just clear […]

When Faith Grows Up: Part 2) You Lied!

When Faith Grows Up: Part 2) You Lied!

Have you ever seen a kids Bible board-book? The kind where the pages are really thick and (supposedly) dribble-proof. They often have these cutesy images of meek-and-mild bible scenes (usually complete with bunny rabbits) in glossy primary colours. And because you can only fit a few pages into a board-book before it becomes a door […]

When Faith Grows Up: Part 1) Truth has a use-by date

When Faith Grows Up: Part 1) Truth has a use-by date

When I was a child … I thought the sky was blue because God painted it that way.  I imagined Heaven to be a massive ice-cream shop in the sky.  I assumed the Holy Spirit really was a dove, fairy-like angels sat on my shoulder and Jesus looked like a mini Ken doll (with a beard) who […]