Vision, mission, tactics and goals

Rolling out vision in an Evangelical Church! ’People don’t give to need, they give to vision.’ 

But what is vision and how do you come up with the vision, workshop with key stakeholders, communicate the vision, roll it out? 

We talk to two really impressive young leaders/original thinkers who have lots to teach all of us, from NewLife Anglican : Oran ParkStuart Starr and from Grace City Church in the inner city of Sydney, Tim Clemens

Anxiety and pastoral ministry with Paul Grimmond

Our guest is Dean of Students at Sydney’s Moore Theological College Paul Grimmond.  Paul has battled with anxiety all his adult life, and has been quite open about this.  He wrote recently “‘Don’t be anxious about anything,’ Is that all God’s got to say?”

Paul says ‘it’s difficult to differentiate between the anxiety that is a result of the fallenness of the world and the unhealthy anxiety that is a part of my sinful response to this broken world. Am I feeling anxious because I have a body that chemically over-reacts to threats, or am I feeling anxious because I have let sin take control? That’s not always an easy question to answer. 

Paul shares shares his story with Dominic Steele and looks at what the bible has to say. 

"Engaging with Atheists" with Scotland's David Robertson

David Robertson is minister of St Peters Free Church in Dundee Scotland. He is also the associate director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity

David is in Sydney to speak at Katoomba Christian Convention and for a holiday.

He does a lot of writing – in newspapers, magazines, on the net and also books. He’s the author of Awakening (the life of Robert Murray McCheyne); The Dawkins Letters, Quench (cafe evangelism) and Magnificent Obsession. His latest book is called Engaging With Atheists.

He’s interested in history, politics, theology, music, sport, art etc. David’s a ‘big picture’ person who likes to look at things in a wide context – especially the growth, decline and renewal of the church in the West….

His nickname ‘wee flea’ comes from a series of interactions He had on the Richard Dawkins website. Robertson was banned from his site under his own name and Dawkins called him, Alaister McGarth and John Lennox ‘fleas living of a dogs back’.

Robertson promptly started reposting under the name ‘the wee flea’, and Dawkins, not being aware of Scottish church history or the nickname of my denomination (the wee frees), let it go by for a few weeks…until he was outed…and banned again!

'Jesus is _____' with Sandy Grant

The Wollongong region has just seen 60 churches band together in a combined effort to reach their district for Jesus. The initiative was conceived and lead by the senior minister of Wollongong Anglican cathedral, Sandy Grant.

Sandy joins Dominic Steele to talk through the wins and lessons from the mission, “Jesus is___”.

'Evangelism and a skeptical world' with Sam Chan

Sam Chan is our guest on 'The Pastor's Heart' this afternoon talking about his new book 'Evangelism in a Skeptical World.'

Sam and host Dominic Steele have both been thinking about the same issues for a long time. There's lots of areas of agreement, and some areas where they disagree. 

Sandy Galea on kids & grief

This is a description of MBM kids from Sandy Galea: Two babies died, two mums have breast cancer, One baby was born profoundly deaf, another with down syndrome, we have a child suffering from multiple benign tumours, another in remission from cancer and we have kids suffering from anxiety and depression.  

How can we help these children better deal with this?

What do you do with all this pain and suffering?

Peter Jensen on Billy Graham

Former Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Peter Jensen, first trusted Christ listening to Billy Graham speak in 1959.

On hearing of Dr Graham's death, Peter Jensen relived that afternoon with Dominic Steele on The Pastor's Heart.


'Rosters are contrary to the gospel' says Rhett Harris

EV Church's 'Rhett Harris was super provocative at a ministry conference a while back. As Rhett was promoting ministry teams, he was arguing that rostering is contrary to the gospel,' says Dominic Steele.

'I thought, "I can't let him get away with these statement and maintain credibility," so I pushed back, and we had a big debate in front of the whole seminar group.'

Raising up apprentices, training and mentoring with Evan McFarlane

Evan McFarlane leads the training of around five trainees each year at St Paul's Anglican at Carlingford, Sydney.  Excitingly in one of the congregations that Evan pastors, 80% of members are involved in 1:1 discipleship.   From this group there has been a steady flow of young men and women putting themselves forward for Christian Ministry.