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.
The new leaders of GAFCON, Primate’s Council Chair Archbishop Foley Beach (of the Anglican Church in North America) and General Secretary Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi (of Jos, Nigeria) sat down with Dominic Steele to talk about their heart as pastors and the future of GAFCON and the Anglican Church.
Do you sometimes wonder how effective your growth groups are in growing disciples? Want to know how to measure the effectiveness of your growth group ministry?
By collaborating with pastors from other churches we can achieve substantially better results says Steve Cree, from Queensland’s influential Living Church.
Evangelical Assumpta Venkatachalam shares her story of a week inside the reality TV house as a housemate on ‘Christians like Us’ , where they navigated topics including women in ministry, homosexuality, child sex abuse, speaking to atheists, biblical authority, sex before marriage, abortion, and the future of Christianity.
Dean of Sydney Kanishka Raffel says the cultural change means ‘it’s now difficult if not impossible for people to be Christian, respectable and successful, and yet so many of our people are used to being all three of these.’
Kanishka says church leaders today face significant external and internal pressures today, in the new era post Same Sex Marriage, post George Pell’s conviction and post the Royal Commission into abuse in churches.
Evangelism: What is working? What can we do better? Where do we shoot ourselves in the foot?
A panel discussion featuring Phil Colgan, Alison Napier and Dominic Steele. Chaired by Carl Matthei
Evangelism seems to be off the boil. How can we do better? Mark Dever from Capitol Hill Baptist Church joins Dominic Steele.
We look at the amazing legacy of former Sydney Vice Principal of Moore Theological College Donald Robinson, his fresh reading of the Scriptures, fathering of the Australian biblical theological movement, what became known as the ‘Knox-Robinson view of church’ and remarkable new insights into the Jew Gentile relationships in the New Testament.
What are the issues facing church leaders in regards to stress, thriving, surviving and burnout? Psychologist Valerie Ling, from the Centre For Effective Living, counsels and trains ministry workers on these issues.
Sam wanted to go to the mosh pit. Christine and Dominic didn’t. We discuss reservations about sermon structure, handling of the passage, overall approach, culture wars in the US, and evangelical shibboleths.
How do we preach to the heart? How do we grasp the emotion of the text and then communicate it effectively to those present?
Andrew Barry lost his son Nathan to cancer just over two years ago. Here he shares his heart about the journey that God has worked in his marriage and among their remaining four children over the last two years.
Graham Beynon says there are a variety of patterns impacting our thinking on ministry models. He calls them: separatism, permissions, de-contextualisation and individualism.
Graham says men and women are similar but different. He’s encouraging us to have an honouring of the differences. And at the same time pursue godliness rather than genderness.
Colin Buchanan joins Dominic Steele to share his story of trusting Christ as a teenager at Hurstville Presbyterian Church, serving in the music team, writing his first song on John 15, discovering country music, writing bible verses for his primary school class, and then carving out a career in acoustic, country, Christian and children’s music.
How do you help your church members own evangelism and outreach / keep track of mission contacts - be thinking missionally and caring personally for non Christians who visit?
We’re joined by Hunter Bible Church and Unichurch, Newcastle’s Missions Pastor Sam Hilton.
29-year-old David Bennett, who describes himself as a former anti-Christian gay activist now Christian, says Jesus is good news for same sex attracted Christians.
David joins us on The Pastor’s Heart to talk through his story and his two ‘coming outs,’ one as a 14 year old, and then later a second as a Christian believer.
We launch The Pastor's Heart for 2019 with an 'on the road' edition from the CMS Summer School in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.
Dr Gary Millar answers questions on how to preach better so that your sermon lands with real application.
Gary is the principal of the Queensland Theological College and is the chair of the Gospel Coalition Australia.
He was the main speaker at the 2019 Church Missionary Society Summer School in NSW. During the conference he took time out with Dominic Steele to share the story of when he was put on trial in Ireland to face 27 charges of heresy.
Raising up and training ministry trainees as harvest workers!
Why those of us in local churches should? And how we should?
Our guest is Carl Matthei, who leads the ministry team in the Campus Bible Study and Unichurch UNSW at the University of New South Wales.
Carl has more ministry trainees than anyone else in evangelical ministry in Australia.
How Christians can and should wisely engage with our increasingly hostile secular culture. How can we have a posture of grace in a time of outrage?
CEO of the Gospel Coalition Australia, Akos Balogh, has a background in Campus Ministry, and is a influential christian writer and blogger.
We feature an interview conducted in church with a domestic violence survivor. It’s a confronting and personal interview and does deserve a ‘trigger warning.’ Jenni Woodhouse and Dominic watch as the abuse survivor tells her story, then Jenni critiques Dominic’s pastoral handling of the situation.
There’s been lots of talk recently about ‘The Leadership Pipeline’ but what exactly is it and how can the senior church leader make the most of this new pastoral practice.
The leadership pipeline is a super helpful tool to think about leadership development, for yourself as a senior church leader, but also for others.
Senior MInister of Toongabbie Anglican Church Raj Guptahas been developing a training program for senior ministers of churches built around the leadership pipeline.
How do you care for people where a spouse has just left? Or committed adultery?
There's pain and hurt. How do we care best for divorcees in the wider non Christian community?
And if they are Christian often one at least of the partners ends up leaving the church.
Michael Sheedy and Melinda Hunt have been leading Village Church Annandale's divorce care program for the last eight years.
They've seen more than 100 divorcees helped and heal through this program.
They join Dominic Steele to talk about the things they've learned along the way. Every divorce is different. But there are some common threads.
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