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The qb, Feb/March 2017 issue is available to read here
Welcome to this first issue for 2017—now well underway. It’s good to remember that 1 January is just a date on the calendar. As my pastor reminded our congregation recently, rather than focus on the changeover to a new year, it’s truly a blessing to always remember that God’s compassion and mercies are ‘new every morning’ (Lamentations 3:22-23). Sound advice!
In his article, David Loder (Comment) challenges us to live life ‘to the full’ this year and share our faith with others at every opportunity. He encourages us to be God-ruled rather than self-ruled, and that living as a Christian means ‘both entering and living in the kingdom’.
Colin Stoodley (Knowing God) introduces our series based on the QB Board Focus for 2017. Self- confessed ‘wonderer’, Colin shares his insights on church planting and the importance of having ‘a real clear kingdom focus in our theology’ as we seek to plant new churches.
The theme of this year’s QB Prayer Focus 2017 (4–11 June) is Praying for change … each one reach one! You’ll find a date claimer in these pages.
Stewart Pieper comments that we want to be ‘prayerfully intentional in representing Jesus and the gospel to individuals in our circles of influence, so that they will become His followers’. Plan now to be involved.
We are looking forward to welcoming Stephen and Jenny Baxter as our guest speakers at QB Convention 2017.
Jenny contributes an article (Daylight eventually comes), sharing her thoughts about the death of her mother many years ago, and how this has shaped her own life.
I trust that you’ll find joy in all your circumstances throughout the remainder of 2017 as you follow Jesus. Please enjoy reading this issue of The qb.
The qb, December 2016 / January 2017 issue is available to read here
In this final issue for 2016, our General Superintendent, David Loder, (Comment) encourages us to take time with God, read Psalm 139 and ask Him, ‘What’s next’? This is timely as we come to the end of another busy year.
John Sweetman (Speaking out) sets out his thoughts about growing church congregations beyond 200 people and the shifts in thinking and practice required from everyone to achieve such growth. And QB Regional Consultant Warren Crank asks, ‘Who can grow a church?’ identifying five traits of ‘ordinary disciples of Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit with an apostolic-edge to their calling’.
Pieter Henning and Steve Henley (QB team visits the Solomon Islands) report on behalf of those recently returned from their mission trip, and Geoff & Lyn Cramb visit PNG (Believing God and serving holistically) where Geoff has concluded his ministry of 13 years.
Carinity welcomes Inside Out Chaplaincy (I need to see a chaplain) as it becomes one of their broad range of community services, and The Training Collaborative announces new training streams to equip people for pastoral ministry.
Stephen Baxter, who along with his wife, Jenny, are next year’s guest speakers at QB Convention, contributes some thoughts (Peace on earth) about Advent; ‘a celebration of Christ’s first coming and an anticipation of His second’.
May God bless you and your family richly during this Christmas season and as the new year unfolds.
The qb, October/November 2016 issue is available to read here
I like the photo of those who attended the Women in Pastoral Ministry Retreat on Magnetic Island recently (Around the regions). It’s plain to see how relaxed and happy these women were to be together, and it’s clear that they were truly blessed by their fellowship. And while on the subject of blessing women, She is … behind the scenes acknowledges all the wonderful women who worked hard to bring this year’s round of events to the 600 women who attended. Thank you!
We’re pleased to include a date claimer for QB Convention 2017. Of particular interest to most readers will be Leadership Day on Friday 7 April. It’s not just for leaders! Anyone is welcome to attend, participate in electives and to hear our guest speakers, Stephen and Jenny Baxter.
Finally, while I’m not a big fan of red dirt when it’s tracked in on the carpet (yes, there is plenty of it where I live!), don’t miss Put simply … which is all about Simple Church and Red Dirt Church. It reminds us that we must seek new ways to effectively communicate the gospel in our local communities, finding ways to ‘reinterpret church in a way that will make the Body of Christ a consistently valuable part of life in Australia’.
I trust you will enjoy reading this issue of The qb
Robynne Milne (Editor)
The qb, August/September 2016 issue is available to read here
How blessed are those of us who were given, as children and young people, a solid foundation for our faith in Jesus Christ? John Sweetman (Speaking Out) is prompted to think about his childhood church and all the valuable things he learned there during his formative years. He comments: ‘I love the contemporary church and wouldn’t want to return to those old, more legalistic days. So no, I’m probably not likely to start wearing a tie. But in my more mellow moments, I do wonder whether all our modern resources and programs and staffing have produced churches that disciple and evangelise as effectively as my little childhood church.’ That’s food for thought!
There have been several significant anniversaries celebrated in our churches recently (Milestones), and Margate Baptist Church is looking forward to their special celebrations planned for 17–18 September. We praise God for the faithful witness of our churches over so many years.
David Loder (Comment) continues his reflections on responses to the 2006 and 2011 NCLS, focussing on the need to ensure that newcomers to our churches feel welcome, and suggesting strategies to assist with this very important aspect of church life. Stewart Pieper (QB Prayer Focus 2016) provides a report on this annual event which continues to grow, Brian Robertson (Marriage) contributes his third article in the series, and Col Peaker, who has recently concluded as QB Regional Consultant, discusses what it means to be a ‘whole-of-life disciple’ (Discipleship: Time for action).
I trust that all of the articles and information in the following pages will be a rich blessing to you. Robynne Milne (Editor)
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