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Updated National Council Statement: Constitution And National Media
Following extensive research and consultation, National Council agreed to a new shape for the work of national Churches of Christ at its recent meeting in Sydney. The primary role of the new Council will be to facilitate communication, collaboration and networking between local congregations, agencies and State Conference bodies. Regular forums will be held to promote and maintain our national identity. A new constitution for what will be known as the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in Australia (Ltd) is being sent to all State governing bodies for their approval. The new Federal Council will be set up as a ‘limited company’ to provide an appropriate, nationally recognised legal framework for the new entity. It is planned that this new shape for Churches of Christ nationally will be implemented from July 1, 2008. More...
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Dreaming 2008: The Spirit Of Our Movement
Churches of Christ should only continue as a distinct Christian movement in Australia if we have something significant and distinctive to contribute to the Mission of God in action in the Australian community. Otherwise we should have the integrity to join whichever other movement/s with whom we would most easily assimilate. My hope and dream is that we can rediscover the essence of our heritage as a Movement and discern those core values from the New Testament. That rich heritage will give us a relevant, united witness in our world. I believe that those values discernible from our heritage provide us something significant to offer the future of Christian life and witness and, more importantly, contemporary Australian society, as we seek to engage - with integrity and authenticity - in the Mission of God as we understand it. More...
Dreaming 2008: Missionary Zeal
Nearly fifty years ago I attended a large secondary school in Perth before entry into Teachers’ College. The school principal conducted a full assembly once a week during which he encouraged and cajoled the 2000 students to strive to achieve. His oft repeated challenge to us went something like this, “Are you worthy of your heritage?”. What he was asking us to do was to live up to the examples set for us by those who had gone through that school in previous years. That is a fair question to ask of ourselves as we set out in 2008. Are we worthy of our heritage as members of the movement known as Churches of Christ? More...
Dreaming 2008: Think Globally, Act Locally
I wonder… As I write this article, we as a nation are dwelling in the afterglow of what seems a miracle – not 12 months ago it appeared impossible that reconciliation was ever going to be tackled, with many voices clambering to be heard, yet often not! – and, here we are, having begun the journey afresh… this begs the question what else might 2008 bring? Let me dream … I have a deep yearning to see the Church of our Lord begin to address the issues of openness and inclusiveness. More...
Dreaming 2008: Embracing Our Movement
When an idealistic person such as myself dreams about what could be, I invariably end up asking “well, why not?”. This is not an uncommon response in some. Walt Disney is famously quoted as saying: “If you can dream it, you can do it”...if only it was as easy as Walt made it sound! My dream for Churches of Christ is multifaceted because of the various perspectives I hold. I have the perspective of a 37 year old women who has spent the last twenty years in this movement. The day I initially encountered Churches of Christ changed my life. It changed my perceptions of God, the Church, Christians and what it meant to have Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I found people who celebrated their love of God, who loved life and lived it to the full. More...
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