September 2016

Welcome to everyone worshipping with us this month at St Matt’s and Happy Father’s Day also! Today for our discussion we will pick up on this theme and think about the idea of “Spiritual Parenting” – it might not be what you think . . .

Unfortunately, I have some disappointing news - last week I was terminated from my role at Church Army. I was caught completely unawares as there had been no warning or indication of any kind. As I was in a probationary period I have been paid salary in lieu of notice and so have finished up already.

I can assure you I have done nothing wrong - just a difference of directional priorities and they obviously thought I would not be able to contribute to the new ones. The organisation was in a critical situation - far worse than I realised and frankly the Board were unprepared/unable to follow my vision for re-imagining CA over the medium to long term.  

But the implications are that Julie & I need for us both to be working full-time in order to pay the mortgage, etc, and that logically, (most likely) I will probably need to seek a full-time job somewhere other than Geelong. So we have great & unwanted upheaval on the way. There are however a number of possibilities which I have yet to thoroughly explore and I will keep you updated as appropriate.

Obviously there will also be implications for St Matt's and the Parish Council will be meeting ASAP to discuss various options.

So we come back to this idea of “dying”. Who knew when I wrote of this around Easter-time that it would look and feel like this? And yet, so much that is good has come out of the changes. For example, City on a Hill’s numbers have gone up by an average of 50 per week since they moved in!

There are two scriptures which keep me in the right frame of mind at present. The first is as mentioned earlier this year, (John 12:24) Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

And secondly, (2 Corinthians 4:7-9) But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

God is bigger, He is sovereign, and even if He is asking us to go through very difficult times, He will never leave or forsake us.

Let’s hold each other up in prayer, God bless,     Ian.