How Noosa is growing its church attendance

noosaThe Anglican Parish of Noosa is featured in the latest Brisbane Diocese magazine, Focus, as the beginning of a series on growing churches.

Moore College graduate Mark Calder is asked about the growth –

“Any growth here has been due entirely to the grace of God and answered prayer. In his kindness, the Lord has brought new people … We see clear Bible teaching as a key to people growing in their love for God and their understanding of his purposes for the world and in their lives.”

An encouraging article, from page 16 of October/November 2016 edition (PDF file).

Same-sex marriage on Melbourne Synod agenda

Dr Philip FreierHere’s a press release from the Diocese of Melbourne, October 19, 2016:

“Same-sex marriage, legal aid and poverty are among the issues to be discussed at the Melbourne Anglican Synod, which opens at St Paul’s Cathedral tonight.  Read more

Moore’s global vision given a new focus

Simon GillhamLaunched at Synod tonight, Moore’s Centre for Global Mission (CGM) promotes theological reflection and practical engagement in cross-cultural mission work.  The Centre provides a pathway for the rich biblical theology taught at the College to be deployed in service of those seeking to make disciples across cultural boundaries in Sydney and around the world. …”

– Report from Moore College. Related: Centre for Global Mission.

‘Accusations laid bare: In defence of the Archbishop’

accusations-laid-bare acrFrom The Australian Church Record:

“The editor of the Australian Church Record has penned a important response to a recent article by Julia Baird concerning a group of Anglican church leaders who have accused Archbishop Glenn Davies of silencing supporters of same-sex marriage.

The ACR response can be downloaded by clicking on ‘Download Special Issue’ from”

Direct link to the special issue – PDF file.

Related: Same-sex marriage: Anglican Church leaders accuse Sydney Archbishop of silencing supporters – by Julia Baird, ABC News.

In other media news this week, David Ould has received an apology from The Sydney Morning Herald.

Synod approves gay marriage booklet

bp-stead-synod-12-oct-2016Sydney Synod has expressed deep concern about moves to remove gender from the marriage act and has authorised the distribution of a booklet outlining  the consequences of same-sex marriage for families and society.

Debate on the third night of Synod was led by Bishop Michael Stead, who chairs the Archbishop’s Plebiscite Task Force and the Dean, Kanishka Raffel. …

‘… the Task Force was convinced of the need to provide resources for Sydney Anglicans. The booklet “what has God joined together?” is the first such resource. The booklet aims to engage, equip, and embolden Sydney Anglicans to be a part of the debate on same-sex marriage.’…”

full report from

Chappo’s legacy lives on with Preaching Clinics

chappo-telling-the-gospels-truth-video-cover-1986John Chapman was a much loved and great evangelist and preacher not only in Sydney but around the world. He was also a champion of engaging expository preaching and the need to train preachers well. He regularly used to say ‘There is nothing in the world like good preaching. Mind you, there is nothing in the world like the opposite either!’ …

The Chapman Preaching Clinics are part of an integrated program to help preachers keep improving from the day they commence preaching until the end of their ministry.” News from Moore College.

(Illustration from a Department of Evangelism videocassette cover, 1986.)

Archbishop of Sydney’s Presidential Address to Synod 2016

abp-glenn-davies-synod-2016-2Archbishop Glenn Davies, in his Presidential address opening the 2016 Synod, or Parliament, of the Anglican Church, has spoken of Sydney’s urban sprawl and efforts to establish new churches on the fringe of the city…” – Read Russell Powell’s report at

Read Archbishop Davies’ Address (PDF file).

Watch it here. Or listen here.

Archbishop of Perth ‘stands aside’

diocese-of-perth-sm2The Archbishop of Perth has released this “Pastoral Letter to the Clergy and People of the Diocese of Perth”.

Stories you may have missed — 9th October 2016

global-south-primates-meeting-cairo-2016-group-photoHere are a few of last week’s key stories –

Statement from the Global South Primates and GAFCON Primates Council Concerning Same-sex Unions. An important statement coming out of the Global South meeting in Cairo.

Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans New Zealand submission to Working Group on same gender relationships.

Sydney mourns Dr. Bill Dumbrell.

Audio files from the 2016 ACL Synod Briefing. Get up to speed on what’s coming up at Sydney Synod this week.

Statement regarding Dr Keith Mascord – Sydney Diocese

Diocese of Sydney crestThe Archbishop does not normally comment on applications for licences, which are the subject of private discussions and correspondence with the applicants.

However, given misrepresentations in the media, the following points are relevant…”

– The Diocese of Sydney has released this Media Statement.

Audio files from the 2016 ACL Synod Briefing

synod-briefing-2016On Wednesday 5th October, the Rev. Craig Roberts, Rector of St Augustine’s Neutral Bay, Standing Committee member, and ACL Vice-President, discussed the main issues coming up at this year’s Sydney Synod.

The event was organised by the ACL as a service to members of Synod.

If you weren’t able to be present, here are the audio files. To listen to each section, click on the link under “Audio file”. Each file will open in a new window.

Audio file



Introduction and prayer from the Rev. Jason Ramsay.

Ordinances from Standing Committee

Schools, Archbishop’s election, Synod membership, Conduct of Synod business, Parental leave for clergy. Requests for something to happen: funding church plants, Licensing incumbents, Professional development.

Social Action

Asylum seekers in detention, Same sex marriage.


Our Reformation heritage, Growth in churches, Restoring faith, hope and trust in our society, Thanksgiving motions, Community chaplains, Renumeration of Anglicare, Youthworks, Schools Corporation Chairs, Equipping Rectors in leadership, Restricting the length of sermons.


Proposal to fund ministries in new growth suburbs, New churches for new communities fundraising drive, Reinvigorating ministry in small congregations, Funding projects in low socioeconomic parishes, Drawdown of diocesan endowment ($3.5m), 

Thinking Theologically

Thinking theologically about voting in Synod.


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