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Best The Gospel Coalition Australia podcasts we could find (updated February 2020)
Best The Gospel Coalition Australia podcasts we could find
Updated February 2020
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Each Tuesday at 2pm (Eastern Australian time) a different senior leader joins Dominic Steele for a deep end conversation about their heart and a different aspect of Christian ministry. The discussion is then available in audio and video on our website http://www.thepastorsheart.net, on podcast and on our youtube channel (http;//www.thepastorsyoutube). We share personally, pastorally and professionally about how we can best fulfil Jesus' mission to save the lost and serve the saints.
 
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‘Church in Hard places’ co-founders Mez McConnell and Matthew Spandler Davidson are in Sydney to present a key elective on Friday on 'Abuse in the Church' at the Acts29 conference for Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Ahead of the conference they are leading ‘Church in Hardplaces’ bootcamps. Mez and Matthew talk to Dominic Steele about the transiti…
 
There are women in all our lives and churches who have had an abortion. Men, women and children who have been touched by abortion - in our workplaces, churches and families. Senior pastors need to stop turning a blind eye to this subject and talk much much more about abortion in church. New Testament scholar and former nurse Dr Claire Smith says we…
 
Is it possible for our different churches to be unified, without watering down the Gospel? What is the role of the church in an increasingly individualistic society? Introducing Julius Kim - the new President of The Gospel Coalition. With over 30 million users on their website in 2019, TGC clearly has a key role in speaking into evangelical spheres…
 
Getting money right in the Christian Church What’s your word to the pastor, when just down the road there is a big prosperity church doing flashy ministry? The Prosperity Gospel is a different gospel, not good news, says the Generosity Monk Gary Hoag. Seminaries have not done a good job teaching on money. There are big errors: Prosperity - Taking O…
 
How should a leader respond, when a member of a church community takes their own life? And what can leaders do to prevent such tragedies? Dr Karen Mason teaches counselling and psychology at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston. Karen will discuss suicide in the church from the perspective of senior pastors on The Pastor's Heart. Dominic a…
 
Evangelicals standing up to the culture over the treatment of our indigenous peoples. As Australia Day gets closer, we evaluate the history of Australian Christianity’s interaction with Indigenous people. From Mary Bennett in the 1930s to William Cooper and more recently Kevin Rudd's apology in 2008, we will discuss the impact of the gospel on inte…
 
Trigger Warning - this post discusses abusive relationships This week on the Pastor’s Heart, we address the complex issue of domestic abuse within the relationships of ministry leaders. While all abuse is wrong, there are added complexities in ministry relationships. Often a ministry job is entwined with a ministry families house, income stream, ci…
 
Simon Manchester explains to Dominic Steele how he prepares to teach at a major conference and how to show your congregation the beauty of 1 Timothy 2. Simon’s been lead pastor of one of Sydney’s larger churches, St Thomas’ North Sydney, for thirty years, before standing down last December. He shares stories about when the St Thomas’ congregation d…
 
In this Christmas / New Year week we bring you a reheat from one of our earliest episodes. It’s the discussion where EV Church’s Rhett Harris initially rocked me by saying ‘Rosters are contrary to the gospel.’ The thesis that Rhett put forward has led me to implement a complete restructuring of the ministry practice at our church. I hope that you f…
 
How to pastorally approach the death of a little child. We are having this conversation with three pastors who have had children die, because around the Christian world and in the secular press there has been discussion about the death just over a week ago of two year old Olive Aylne, the daughter of Andrew and Kalley Heiligenthal, who are key figu…
 
Moving on from a ministry is a natural part of life - but when done badly it can be debilitating for a ministry. This is a key area for Christian leaders to get right. Leaving a ministry is never easy, especially when our families, friendships are embedded within it. Tim Hannah is coming to the end of his fourth major ministry role as the CEO of Co…
 
On the Pastor’s Heart we speak to Greg Powell, clinical psychologist focusing on helping Church and mission organisations work well together. Greg consults on complex leadership breakdown and helps team increase in effectiveness. As our society and Churches focus on mental health, Greg has a lot to say about how ministry leaders can maintain their …
 
A new study of student wellbeing at Sydney University carried out by McCrindle Research highlights the positive impacts that faith groups are having in the lives of students on campus. Dominic Steele speaks with Rowan Kemp from the Sydney University Evangelical Union and Geoffrey Folland from Power to Change USYD about the impact of the gospel on c…
 
So how do we maximise the mission opportunities that come to us at Christmas? Every Christmas we stop. The majority of us go on holidays and relax. But for Churches, it’s usually the busiest time of the year. People are relaxed, feeling festive and are much more likely to visit their local Church. How can we design our Christmas services to have th…
 
A new definition of Conversion Therapy proposed to the Victorian Government defines teaching Classical Christianity as harmful Victorian Baptist pastor Murray Campbell of Mentone Baptist Church, writes on www.murraycampbell.net: In the future, will Churches and religious organisations in Victoria (your home state) have freedom to preach, teach, and…
 
So many churches are stuck just under the 200 barrier. It seems it's the hardest transition in congregational dynamics to navigate. Senior Minister of Toongabbie Anglican Church, Raj Gupta joins Dominic Steele, to talk through the challenges, mistakes and strategies in managing this transition. Raj says a key issue is 'the locus of relational conne…
 
What should a Christian leader do when their role is to care for people, and they don’t want to interact with people? What impact does depression have on preaching? What kind of friendships should ministry leaders have? What about suffering in the leaders life? What would you say to a leader who is walking through the tough of depression for the fi…
 
What are the characteristics of effective leaders? How do emotional maturity and anxiety impact leadership? Robert Creech, Professor of Pastoral Leadership at Baylor University, is in Sydney for the The Family Systems Institute conference and joins us to speak to the complex relationship between ministry teams and their congregation. Effective past…
 
How to evangelise the post secularist, impacted by the growing rise of paganism? Dr Peter Jones, Executive Director of truthXchange, is our guest this week. Since 1989, Jones has addressed “the New Age” and New Spirituality. He’s the author of “Gospel Truth, pagan Lies: Can You Tell the Difference”, “Cracking DaVinci’s Code” and “The God of Sex: Ho…
 
With Jay Behan set to become the first bishop of the new Anglican Diocese in New Zealand, he sits down with Dominic Steele to spell out how the principles and difficulties behind responding to theological revisionism. Plus the lessons learned in New Zealand and how they might apply in other contexts. Jay Behan will be consecrated and installed as t…
 
In a special edition of The Pastor's Heart, from the Indonesian capital Jakarta, Dominic Steele speaks to graduates of the Compassion Australia child sponsorship program Krisna Bagus Prasetyo and Liberty M.D. Astuti. We speak about growing up in extreme poverty, finding a safe community with Compassion and meeting Jesus. These children are from fam…
 
There’s a key problem in Sydney’s Anglican churches with a drop in the number of newcomers. The trend is downwards across the board. It’s massively concerning. In 2013, the Diocesan mission set a goal to raise the number of newcomers to Church to 12% by 2020. However, as of September 2019, it is looking like we will fall well short of this goal. Th…
 
Randy Pope, lead pastor of Atlanta's Perimeter Church for 42 years, joins us this week, as he transitions out of the senior leadership role. Perimeter has been responsible for over forty church plants since 1977. He joins us to talk ministry strategy, his realisation that he needed to focus on spiritual maturity, rather than growth, and a thorn in …
 
‘I was hoping for another plan, but I’ll take God’s plan. I am comforted by the truth that it’s not out of control, but he’s using it for good,’ says Pitt Town Community Anglican Church Senior Minister Greg Peisley. Greg was preaching on Sunday morning when the church family at Pitt Town realised something wasn’t right, and encouraged him to go str…
 
Sydney Archbishop Glenn Davies shares openly about Weeping for the city of Sydney like Jesus wept over Jerusalem. His surprise to be speaking at public rallies against the extreme changes to the NSW laws surrounding abortion. How seriously flawed the bill is, and how deceptive and politically expedient the manner of it’s presentation has been. On t…
 
The synod of the Australian diocese of Wangaratta, Victoria has decided to walk a path that stands in opposition to the teaching of the bible, defies the theology of the national church and rejects the agreement of the national bishops council. Kanishka Raffel is Anglican Dean of Sydney and a member of the council of Gafcon Australia. Dean Raffel h…
 
“It’s never been more hostile, but it’s never been more open” - David Robertson My conversation with Stephen Macalpine and David Robertson was enlightening. They argued that the experience of being Christian today is the experience of Daniel, living in Babylon. Rather than despair, Steve and David say there is lots which Christian leaders can do to…
 
The Principal of Queensland’s Theological College Gary Millar joins Dominic Steele to talk about transformation in the Christian life, the subject of Sydney’s Moore College’s annual lectures. What is change? Where do we misunderstand it? How do people claim for too much change, and on the other hand, how do we expect too little? Do people change in…
 
"Most of all I want a transparently biblical vision of inclusion to be shaping how the church welcomes and accepts me - rather than the ever-changing views of society around me. I don’t want to be included on the basis that cultural attitudes have changed but on the basis of the timeless Gospel that Jesus Christ self-sacrificially brought into this…
 
Richard Coekin leads the influential network of Co-Mission churches in London. He’s been involved with the launch of many churches and ministries, including the London Men's Convention, London Women's Convention, the 9:38 Ministry Training Strategy, Passion for Life Ministry and most recently Planting Collective. Grace One of the key leaders of Eva…
 
We hear from Jenny Brown with Craig Foster on the issues of Christian ministry, the complicated relationships involved, and how understanding family systems theory can help. Jenny Brown heads The Family Systems Practice, is an experienced family systems therapist and the author of Growing Yourself Up. Craig is a senior associate minister at Norwest…
 
A recent survey found that teenagers believe caring for the environment is more important than caring for the poor. As Generation Z grow up, it is becoming increasingly important for to equip our congregations with a biblical approach to environmentalism. My conversation with Lionel Windsor, author of Is God Green? tackles these complex issues of g…
 
The last death throes of cultural Christianity and what’s next with Phillip Jensen Former Anglican Dean of Sydney Phillip Jensen says to understand the issues fronting Christians today we will best start with understanding the history. Phillip, who now heads up Two Ways Ministries, takes us on a helicopter journey through fifty years of cultural an…
 
Sydney’s Moore Theological College Principal Mark Thompson has just arrived back from a tour of the world’s leading theological colleges, observing best practice and latest trends. Dr Thompson briefed his faculty on his findings yesterday. Today he joins Dominic Steele to talk trends and changes in raising up and training a generation of harvest wo…
 
How can youth ministries act as a 'shock absorber for the church' as we absorb and adopt to changes in culture. And how should our DNA be orientated? Stu Crawshaw is advocating an atonement based youth ministry. Soul Revival Church's Stuart Crawshaw answers everything we've wanted to know about youth ministry and the next generation... Support the …
 
It's not just the word and prayer (the poetry). it's also the systems and organisation that support them that matter (the plumbing). In one of our most requested topics, David Moore is operations pastor with Hunter Bible Church and Unichurch, Newcastle and joins Dominic Steele this week to talk ministry strategy, systems and hacks: reporting, proto…
 
There’s been ‘a spate’ of resignations of senior ministers where team leaders of churches have surprised many of us by resigning and switching roles to become team members or switch to chaplaincy or other roles. The task seems like it’s getting harder. What can we do to strengthen our resilience? There’s a Life In Ministry Conference coming up in A…
 
Lessons from seven churches, five of which were plants, with David Jones Presbyterian Church planting enterpreneur David Jones has planted five churches and revitalised two. David, a former moderator of the Australian Presbyterian Church, has just retired as senior pastor of Anne Street Presbyterian in Brisbane. David joins Dominic Steele to share …
 
There are so many stories of the whole church's ministry going pear shaped by poor staffing decisions, unrealistic expectations and poor leadership. There's probably more anguish from senior and assistant ministers in this area than basically any other. And there's an unspoken unrealistic expectation within the church that their paid leadership sho…
 
Archbishop Laurent Mbanda joins us to share his wonderful story from being a barefoot refuge in the East African nation of Rwanda to a Burundi refugee camp, where he and his parents were saved. A long walk to Kenya followed, then he was miraculously accepted into university, after weeks sleeping on the streets. After university, he was a staff work…
 
How does mentoring work for senior leaders? And can how having a mentor help, especially through those seasons in ministry when everything goes pear shaped. How can ministers be cared for spiritually, emotionally, relationally and theologically. And what can be done to help a minister who is having a spiritual crisis? Presbyterians David and Kathy …
 
National Director of The Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students, Richard Chin, reflects on God’s ‘severe mercy.’ How he learned from God, as he supported his wife Bronwyn, through her death from pancreatic cancer, six years ago. Richard shares theological, strategic, pragmatic lessons from 25 years of ministry, advice on dating at 50 and a n…
 
Minister of St Stephen’s Christchurch Jay Behan tells the heartbreaking story of leading his church away from the traditional Anglican Church in New Zealand and working to form a new Diocese for faithful Anglicans. Jay Behan tells of his tearful resignation from the New Zealand Anglican Church’s General Synod, just hours after the Synod voted to ab…
 
A special edition featuring GAFCON’s new leaders Archbishops Foley Beach and Benjamin Kwashi. The most significant movement within the Anglican Church globally is GAFCON, representing 50 million of the world’s 70 million Anglicans. GAFCON aims to remain faithful to Jesus and the scriptures, and not follow the cultural winds. The GAFCON Primates Cou…
 
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? Peter Mayrick talks to us to gather insight on changing growth group ministry to focus more on outcomes rather than just input. As church leaders how can we be confident with the answer to t…
 
How can we preach better? How can we work together to do this? It's through collaboration. Steve Cree leads the ministry team at Queensland’s influential Living Church (formerly known as Creek Road Presbyterian). Steve’s taken a significantly innovative approach, helping pastors work in collaboration with pastors of other churches to better teach a…
 
Ten so-called Christians from across the theological and denominational spectrum came together for a week in a reality TV program called ‘Christians like Us,’ screened in Australia on SBS. One of those housemates, Assumpta Venkatachalam shares her story of a week inside the house, where they navigated topics including women in ministry, homosexuali…
 
Dean of Sydney Kanishka Raffel says 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 conv…
 
How can we do evangelism better? What is working? What can we do better? Where do we shoot ourselves in the foot? In a change to our regular format we feature a live panel discussion from the Nexus Conference, Evangelism lets do better. In a ‘no holds barred’ discussion, the panelists are Village Church Annandale pastor Dominic Steele, Unichurch UN…
 
Mark Dever says we can do better at evangelism. Mark is the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington and is visiting Australia to speak at the Nexus19 conference (in partnership with the Gospel Coalition). Mark says it’s important to 1 Remember that churches exist for supernatural change 2 Understand that persecution is normal 3 E…
 
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