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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)

Ministering to South African Migrants


On 12 June 2013  a number of pastors and leaders in the CRCA met at the Sydney airport to think about how we as churches can bet minister to South African migrants and pastors. This was the first time CRCA has gathered South African ministers of our denomination together. This was an important meeting, given the significant contribution South African Ministers and migrants are making to our denomination. There was a palpable cathartic atmosphere in the meeting, in which people shared both the positive and negative

 

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New South Wales Trumps Queensland

It was almost a replay of the first State of Origin match in 2013.    New South Wales trumped Queensland.    The Blues beat the Maroons.   But it wasn't rugby.   It was the gathering of church leaders and members, men and women, younger and older, at the Advance Together Conference held at New Life Christian Church in Blacktown.

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Making Disciples Together in Queensland

Speakers came up from cooler parts of Australia to the sunshine state -- and it was a sunny day when over 60 church leaders and members came from near and far to the third Advance Together conference.    This event was held in the beautiful facilities of Bray Park Community Church.   After a time of worship led by the worship team of Bray Park, Murray Capill again gave the plenary address, challenging believers to be radical disciples.   This time KJ Tromp, the pastor from the Nerang congregation, joined Ray Rus, Jonathan Vandenberg, and Jack De Vries as one of the elective speakers.    One of those who attended the conference summed up the day beautifully:  " The conference was excellent and I believe God was really at work here today."    And God was!

 

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Church Leaders Recharge at the Recharge Conference

What does it mean to be a contrast society in our world today?    That is the question 50 CRCA leaders were challenged with at the recent Recharge Ministry Conference held at Collaroy, NSW.   The keynote speakers were Mike Goheen, Mark Glanville, and Erin Goheen Glanville who came down from Vancouver, Canada.   Mike began by tracing 

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Advancing Together in Victoria

It was a beautiful day in Dandenong when 100 church members from 12 Christian Reformed churches gathered for the Victoria Advance Together.    Murray Capill, principal and lecturer at the Reformed Theological College, again opened the day with focusing on Jesus' agenda for disciples.   Although this was the second time I heard this message

 

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