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Jack De Vries was hired on by the Christian Reformed Churches of Australia and began his work as Ministry Training Coordinator in January 2008. In 2012, Jack took on the role of Ministry Development Coach.


Jack came from Canada where he pastored three Christian Reformed churches:  Alliston CRC, Alliston, Ontario(1983-87), a church plant: New Life Community Church, Pickering, Ontario(1987-95), and Bethel CRC, Listowel, Ontario (1995-2007). Jack is a graduate of Calvin Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity - 1983) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry - 2003)  Jack and his wife Jeannie currently live in Petrie, a northern suburb of Brisbane in Queensland.  They attend and are members of Bray Park Community Church. They have four adult children living in the USA and Canada.


In Isaiah 58:11 we read: "The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.  You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail."  Australia has seen times of drought and floods.  There is another type of drought in Australia; there is a spiritual drought.   But God promises to provide refreshing rain, a never ending supply of refreshing water.  The water he provides will satisfy the needs of all Australians.  As we take up the missional vision God has given us we extend the life changing invitation of Jesus: "Come!  Whoever is thirsty, come, and take the free gift of the water of life!" (Revelation 22:17)

Making Disciples

b2ap3_thumbnail_CRCA-DM-icon1.jpgA Christian disciple is someone who follows Jesus Christ. As they follow Jesus they learn from him and take on his way of life.   When we talk about discipleship, we refer to the ongoing call to growth which is laid before all followers of Jesus (Eph 4:15; Col 1:28; 2 Thess 1:3).   This growth is really the outward expression of our ongoing growth in holiness or our ‘sanctification’. It is an expression of our ongoing transformation int......
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Protect New Shoots - Wisdom from the Garden (7)

young plantsMy father-in-law was an avid gardener!   Not only did he cultivate acres of vegetables and greenhouses full of tomatoes and cucumbers, he had a knack and reputation for growing healthy young starter plants from seeds.   I knew this firsthand.   See, as a teenager, before I was married, I spent many weekends in the spring working for him in the greenhouses.   He kept reminding me, since my name was Jacob, that if I was ever to marry his daughter Jeannie, like the......
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Prayerful Compassion for the Lost

PrayerPoints2015.pdf    LettertoSessions2015.pdf

As churches we have committed ourselves to pray for the lost.   This is our first task:  "To call upon God for such an outpouring of his Spirit that his people will be assured of his love through his Word, seek to please the Saviour in all things, manifest the godly life and be filled with prayerful and sacrificial compassion for the lost in all the world."

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Throughout Australia and Beyond

The power of the gospel! This is what the apostle Paul reminded the church in Colossae. He wrote to them: "All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God's grace in all its truth." (Colossians 1:6) Bearing fruit and growing! As churches of the CRCA we believe this to be our God given mission here in Australia:......
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Resting Spots - Wisdom From the Garden

One of my favourite spots in Brisbane is the Botanic Gardens near Mt Coot-tha.   There you can wander through moist bamboo groves and arid areas that look a whole lot like sub-Sahara Africa.   There are waterfalls, a tropical greenhouse, and the largest collection of Australian native rainforest trees in the world.   But the best parts of the gardens are the resting spots. I love gardens like the Brisbane Botanic Gardens where you can......
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