The Pastor's Heart is a new Australian podcast aimed at serving senior Australian Christian leaders, where Dominic Steele will speak live on facebook each Tuesday afternoon with a senior Australian Christian leader about their ministry and their heart.
There are four sorts of churches, working along two difference axis. On the horizontal axis put relationship, on the vertical, put mission.
The best kind of a church is a visionary/going somewhere church with good relationships (top right). The great strength of this kind of church is that it has a clear mission and really good pastoral care, with lots of people caring well for each other.
‘How to manage and lead the staff team?’ with Peter Mayrick.
How we go about employing people? What are the issues we face with with structure, culture, job descriptions?
How do you best 'onboard people' onto your team?
How you function in the first 90 days? How do you introduce behaviours that you plan to repeat such as, discipleship, positive feedback and trusted corrective feedback?
What about ongoing management, six monthly reviews, delegation and coaching?
It’s less than two months to Christmas and we are sharpening ourselves on the practice of proclaiming Christ at Christmas.
Whether you are speaking at a carols service, a gingerbread and wreath making event, a Kids service, Scripture Christmas Service or Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, this discussion will be helpful for you.
We’re joined by Luke Tattersall from The Campbell Street Presbyterian Church and Kanishka Raffel, the dean of St Andrew's Cathedral Sydney.
Some of my questions are:
• In your preparation how do you think about a Christmas talk differently to a regular in series talk?
• What else are you aiming to achieve in your Christmas meetings?
• How do you choose your Christmas passages?
• What does preparation look like for these occasions?
• What's the goal of a Christmas talk?
• What makes a boring / interesting Christmas address?
• How much are you looking for guests and how much for regular members?
Today we are talking, ‘the profession and professionalisation of Christian ministry,’ with Archie Poulos.
Archie lectures in ministry at Moore Theological College, and is completing a PhD on building the competency of ministers.
In what sense are ministry leaders ‘professionals’?
What separates ordinary Christian ministry/ministry leaders from amazing ones?
Why is a theological eduction no longer adequate for Christian ministry?
How can we do the task of ministry better?
This is the heart of Archie’s PhD studies and we are looking forward to hearing from him.
UK pastor author Tim Chester is pastor of Grace Church, Boroughbridge, and author of more than 30 Christian books.
He’s with us to speak about his new book, Enjoying God, but also how you balance a busy pastoral ministry with being such a prolific author. How do you have so many thoughts? How can you write them all down?
In a special extra edition of the Pastor's Heart, Freedom for Faith director Michael Kellahan joins Dominic Steele to discuss how Christians can best respond to Australia's religious freedom review.
Recommendations are here http://bit.ly/religiousfreedomreview
How can your church be more loving to newcomers?
How do you do welcoming well? What are the strategies for best connection?
Not so much the arrival on the first visit, but what is best practice to see people journey from that first visit to becoming a fully integrated member of your church - so that they are still with you 12 months later?
How do you triage people? Then what resources/energy do you spend ministering to different people?
How do you work out how not to put too much energy into people who will never come back?
Andy Hobbs from Salt Church Wollongong and David Allen from Hunter Bible Church and Unichurch, Newcastle in Newcastle have both thought lots about these questions.
In this revealing and frank discussion with former Archbishop Peter Jensen discusses the particular responsibilities of senior leaders and the pressures that senior leaders are under.
Plus an extended review of the state of the Anglican Communion and the response around the world to #Gafcon2018.
‘It’s not that we don’t care on purpose … it’s just that we don’t care’ – Generation Z.
Jesus has given us a job to do, make disciples of all nations. We want to better engage in our changing community.
But it’s going to be an easier task if we understand the people we are reaching out to.
Mark McCrindle of McCrindle Research has been looking at this topic for years, and has just presented at the ‘Australian Community and Church Summit 2018’.
Mark will be our guest on www.thepastorsheart.net this Tuesday afternoon at 2pm to discuss the Australian Community and how we can best minister to our changing neighbourhoods
There are issues of demographics, technology, debt, life expectancy, cultural diversity.
Fresh from the Singleminded Conference, we speak to Conference Chair Dani Treweek about how we can better love and pastor the single members of our church family?
What are the particular pastoral issues that singles face?
How can we encourage single Christians in their gospel maturity, contentment and service.
Craig Hamilton, author of Wisdom in Leadership, says getting one’s heart right is the most important think in leadership.
So we are speaking today specifically about the heart of the Pastor.
Craig says when it comes to leading yourself, the hardest person to lead, there are key issues of pride and fear that need to be addressed.
On www.thepastorsheart.net we aim to help Christian leaders better fulfil the mission that Christ has given us.
Today we are thinking about how to best love and care for the same sex attracted Christians in our churches.
We are talking about theology, maturity, history, emphasis, holiness, sin, language and culture.
Our guests are Rev Dr Wesley Hill, from Trinity School for Ministry in Pittsburg and Jackson Stace from Liberty Christian Ministries Inc. Sydney (www.liberty.sydney).
Wesley is best known for his book Washed and Waiting. His most recent work is Spiritual Friendship.
Mitch joins Dominic Steele to tell his story of living a ‘double life’ in his early twenties, before things came to a head in Dubbo in country New South Wales. And then his journey working things out with God, and into Evangelical Presbyterian ministry and heterosexual marriage.
There are health issues, work deadlines, the pressure of family to be together, the overall stress of life, personal mental capacity to face the day, and the crucial assessment of the kind of reception one could expect from church that day: ‘Will I have someone to sit with? Will I have to sit with unpleasant people again? Will the sermon be worth it? What if Rev X is preaching? Will I belong? ... perhaps it would just be easier to get the shopping done.’
What do you do when there’s conflict in your church?
Because there will be at some point.
How can you deal with conflict well?
What do you do when there’s no conflict to prepare for the times when conflict will come?
How to you give your people a framework for understanding and resolving conflict?
What do you do when a couple comes to you and the marriage is a warzone?
What should you outsource? What should you do yourself?
Bruce Burgess is the Australian Director of Peacewise.
How do you not just work ‘in the ministry’ but ‘on the ministry’?
How does a senior pastor lead in vision, finances, staffing and money to promote the gospel of Christ?
How do we communicate, execute and celebrate the vision?
How to teach on generosity?
How do we ask graciously?
What are the mistakes to avoid?
Rod Irvine was senior minister of Figtree Anglican Church Wollongong and has written ‘Giving generously: resourcing local church ministry.’
Catch up on our previous episodes at www.thepastorsheart.net
A good friend tells you when you have something stuck between your teeth just before the photograph is taken.
Scotland’s David Andrew Robertson was a guest on The Pastor’s Heart a few months ago and is a good friend (http://bit.ly/2vp3MJ4).
In an interview with ACR, having spent three months in Sydney, he’s had some significant things to say about the Sydney Anglican Church and asks have we gone off the boil on seeking the lost saved?
On Tuesday 7 August at 2pm, Phil Colgan from St George North Anglican Church and Craig Schafer from St Mark's Pennant Hills for a live discussion with Dominic Steele to discuss what we can learn from from David’s critique
I’ve had the attached sermon notes on my computer since 2004. I know I didn’t write them. I cant be sure who gave them to me (If it's you please make contact and I'll attribute properly). They are certainly helpful as we attempt to minister God’s word either in public Sunday teaching or in small groups.
There’s also a range of graphics that you may like to use as you prepare to lead your people in prayer on this.
What is poverty? What gospel do poor people need? How have parachurch ministries made the problem worse? What does evangelism look like in poor communities? What role for preaching? What does church membership and discipline look like?
How can we see a transformation in desperate poor communities in Scotland or Australia?
Mez McConnell is the senior pastor of Niddrie Community Church in Edinburgh, Scotland, and founder of 20 Schemes, a ministry dedicated to building gospel-centered churches for Scotland’s poorest communities.
As a senior minister what should you do if you have a porn addiction? What if it’s a staff member of senior lay leader? How do you preach to the congregation about these issues?
We talk to Marshall Ballantine-Jones who is doing a PhD on this topic, and who says there’s a significant rate of porn consumption in the general community, the church and amongst church leaders.
Albert Bernstein calls them ‘Emotional Vampires’
How do I (as a senior pastor) express the love of Jesus to those with different personality disorders: the narcissist, histrionic, paranoid personality disorder, OCD (both types), psychopaths, or the person with borderline personality disorder?
There are people in every church who consume much more than their fair share of everyone's time and energy, particularly the senior ministers time.
Jenni Woodhouse is a former chaplain to the Professional Standards Department of the Sydney Anglican Church and now is a chaplain to missionaries with the Church Missionary Society.
We are talking about and with the minister who loses it all, when the diocese moves into apostasy, leaving you and your people as faithful followers of Christ Jesus, but without denominational support, stripped of your ministerial license, church building and house.
This week we talk to four men and one woman who have been and are in that situation.
The Anglican Dean of Sydney Kanishka Raffel and Senior Minister of MBM Rooty Hill Ray Galea join Dominic Steele, by the shores of Lake Galilee in Israel, to discuss last week’s important Anglican Gafcon Conference in Jerusalem.
Plus we play out an extended interview with Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, who serves as the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, with it's 25,000,000 million members and as the chairman of the Gafcon Primate’s Council.
How can you build a church building, so you don’t quit in the 12 months after the project is finished.
This is a discussion for pastors. But also for parish council and committees of management.
Andrew Robson has taken a lead roll in three major church building projects, two at EV Church, on the Central Coast of NSW, and is currently taking the lead at St Paul's Anglican Carlingford’s major rebuild.
When I rang him to line up this interview, he was standing over a pit of previously undiscovered asbestos.
We will be asking him about what he’s learned? What he wouldn’t do again?
But what are your questions about any aspect of building a new church building* Vision and ministry principles relating to building design,* Ministry philosophy of church buildings and space,* The value of aesthetics,* How much to spend on big ticket items like sound/AV, lighting, furniture?* How to resolve differences of opinion and make compromises?
Multisite is here.
There’s the start of a trend in Australia for larger churches to switch strategies from planting daughter churches to becoming a multisite network of a man campus and a series of campuses.
Often when we hear the word 'multi-site' we think American mega churches which sound more like mercenary organisations than a loving caring Jesus honouring community.
But there are a number of churches in Australia quietly rolling out multi site ministry models, within traditional denominations
There’s a nervousness among reformed evangelical complementarians about tackling any of the New Testament gender passages, but particularly 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, where the issue of head is discussed.
More recently there have been claims from some blaming the bible’s teaching on headship for incidents of domestic violence. And of course we want to speak strongly against any form of DV.
But, should we avoid teaching on 1 Corinthians, or avoid chapter 11? I don’t think that’s the answer. I’ve asked a couple of friends to come and help me in my sermon preparation.
Dr Lionel Windsor is a New Testament lecturer at Moore Theological College in Sydney. (www.moore.edu.au)
Dani Treweek is the former former women’s pastor at St Matthias church in Sydney (www.matthias.org.au). She is doing her PhD on Singleness. And is a significant force behind the Singleminded Conference later in the year.
It’s hard because we go into ministry because we like doing the ministry.
But if things are to grow, we need to step back and empower and encourage others in these roles.
This is true in kids ministry, but it’s true across the church.
I think this is one of the major factors that is hampering the growth of our churches.
We are talking this Tuesday with Sandy Galea, from MBM Rooty Hill in Sydney’s West and Kidswise about how to grow ministry teams.
Andrew Beddoe is asking about evangelical churches: Where are the tradies? Where are the factory workers? Retail workers? Those on social welfare benefits?
What does it take to have fruitful ministry over the long haul?