Category: General Secretary

Paying homage to our ministers

One of the highlights of Synod for me is the ministry recognition service. This year marks 40 years since I candidated for ministry, so perhaps the event will hold even...

Leading with a common purpose

I recently spoke at a men’s fellowship meeting where my topic was ‘Is there a future for the Uniting Church?’ Much conventional wisdom about leadership has assumed...

Proclaiming Jesus in words AND actions

I recently had to organise a small conference for the World Council of Churches on the issue of ‘Evangelism in the City’. I am also teaching Mission, Evangelism and...

I’ll just Google that…

I’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirt. You know, the one that says ‘I don’t need Google, my wife knows everything!’ Seriously, how did we survive before...

Your community is your Congregation

One of the greatest challenges for the church in the 21st Century is its lack of connection to its community. Far too many churches today have become drive-in, spiritual...

It’s time to start telling a new story

In my November column I spoke about beginning to “change the narrative” of how we talk about the state of the Church – to move from negative to positive. I have...

Where are they now?

Decisions to leave are not made suddenly. They have been brewing for some time. Once people leave, often the clues that something was not right become all too obvious,...

Christmas memories

What is your Christmas memory? Is it a traditional European wintry scene? Is it an outback Australian hot, dry, dusty scene?

Seeing things with new ‘Kingdom eyes’

Thank you to everyone who was involved in the recent Synod meeting. From my perspective the event went really well.

The work of Aunty Dorrie

Hers is a life that has been passionately committed to ministry in The Uniting Church and ministry with Aboriginal people – ministry she shared with her late husband,...