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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)

Advancing Together in Queensland

What if you have a city bus service, with buses that were always "on time", but these buses were always empty of passengers?   Reason?    Studies had shown that the only way these buses could stay "on time" is if they did not pick up passengers.    Sound ridiculous?   It is a true story ...

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Doing Justice and Loving Mercy

I am feeling restless when I think of the plight of our society and the mission God has laid on our hearts as Reformed churches in Australia.   At times I have laid awake at night -- and my thoughts wander and ponder.   I cannot stop thinking of what our Lord reminded believers through the prophet Micah:   "And what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." (Micah 6:8)    

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Retreat, Refreshment, Recharge 2014

"Best ever... balance between great talks and free time was really good.   Lovely, special activities.  I feel privileged to have been here, 'refreshed,' 'renewed,' and thankful."   These comments made by one of the persons attending Recharge 2014 reflect what just about everybody said about the recent CRCA Ministry Conference held in Collaroy Conference Centre, Collaroy, NSW.

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Wisdom From The Garden(5): Too Much Manure Does More Harm Than Good

For churches to be healthy they require regular feeding.   But too much manure can do more harm than good.  

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Wisdom From The Garden(4): Placed To Thrive

Most plants you find in the local nursery have tags.   It doesn't matter if it is an indoor or an outdoor plant.   The tags will not only tell you the name of the plant; it will tell you where to plant it or where to place it. See not all plants thrive in every spot.   Some indoor plants thrive in a western exposure, where they will get lots of afternoon sun.   Put......
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