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Phil Strong – Moderator Elect Of The Presbyterian Church Of Queensland

The General Assembly have unanimously elected the Reverend Phil Strong as Moderator-Elect (moderator of the 2019 General Assembly).

Phil is on staff at Creek Road Presbyterian and is Moderator of the South Australian Assembly and Presbytery, being an Assessor (appointed member) of those bodies. He is functioning as project manager of the Adelaide Churches revitalization work. He has previously served as convener of the Qld Ministry Training Committee.

(an earlier version of this post mentioned Phil’s involvement in the acquisition of the new premises of the Queensland Theological College. Phil has informed me that his departure from the Ministry Training Committee predated those plans, and he had no personal involvement that project. So I’ve updated this post. He’s a details guy.)

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Revitalising The Adelaide Presbyterian Churches Promotional Video

This promotional video sums up a whole lot of steps that have taken place over the last seven years (or longer) to arrive a point where a new season of hope begins.
The Adelaide Churches Restoration Project.

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Onward For Another Year, And Beyond – Presbyterian Church of Queensland Assembly 2017 #GAQLD17

Moderator Greg Watt (l) moves into a different phase of service after chairing our meeting.
Mike O’Connor spends this year preparing to serve as moderator-elect of the 2018 Assembly.
Pray for them both.

(I used the photo setting above because my original was a bit glary, and I’m not very good at fixing them.)

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And That’s A Wrap – Presbyterian Church of Queensland Assembly 2017 #GAQLD17

All done. It was all the people who took the night off to watch the State of Origin who made the early finish possible.

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Each Day Starts In Prayer – Presbyterian Church of Queensland Assembly 2017 #GAQLD17

Each morning of the Queensland Assembly there’s a time of prayer.
At 7.00am people gather to sing, hear a devotion and spend time in prayer together.
Then on to breakfast. (And maybe a coffee)
It is a well attended meeting, and the subsequent sessions of the Assembly demonstrate its value.

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World Mission – Presbyterian Church of Queensland Assembly 2017 #GAQLD17

Kevin Murray speaking about the past 40 years of world mission. In 1977 those serving in mission went from over 100 to 4. The Presbyterian church responded by recognizing Presbyterians who had been serving with evangelical bodies because the denomination had no interest in them. Now close to 200 are recognized, along with partnerships with a number of denominations.

A number of presentations were also heard at a dinner tonight about work in Timor Leste, Japan, China and more.

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Seminars – Presbyterian Church of Queensland Assembly 2017 #GAQLD17

This morning we’re having a couple of seminars at Assembly.
Reports and other business cease while we think about issues of pastoral concern.
In the context of relating the gospel to a culture that is increasingly finding its identity in sexuality.
As a church that affirms the gospel as the good news of who Jesus is, what Jesus has done, and how we respond to him, we’re also considering how gospel is also communicated relationally in addition to intellectually.
The is furthered in the idea of local church as a plausibility structure that those outside meet, interact with, and, hopefully become part of and grow into the beliefs of.
Belong, Behave, Believe.
Seeing and experiencing the church (body of Christ – kingdom of God) is an apologetic that is vital in the culture in which we live.
Being a church that has been shaped by a shared determination to hold the Gospel firmly and in truth, we need to remember and revisit what it is to live the Gospel as communities of faith and recognise that experiencing that community is a powerful communication method that God uses to bring people to understand the facts of Gospel belief.