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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)

The Crisis Point in the CRCA

There has been some talk recently about the CRCA reaching a crisis point. And I would agree,

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Keep Going!

Alan Stewart gave the morning devotional, based on 2 Timothy 3, at the In The Chute church planting conference at Collaroy Conference Centre, Collaroy, NSW.  He highlighted a number of key ideas which will encourage believers and church leaders to keep going! He introduced this devotion by pointing out that while many people he knows have left the ministry, not one has left because of pressure from the non-Christian world.  They have left because of...
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Building Structures for Growth

Paul Dale planted Church by the Bridge in Kirribilli, NSW, in 2005.  He spoke at In the Chute Church Planting Conference hosted by The Geneva Push Network at Collaroy, NSW, 08 December 2009.  He gave 12 suggestions for building a healthy church plant: Build a team, don't do it solo Have clarity, not vagueness with what you plan to do Work on a sense of belonging in the church, not people who are just consumers Be fresh,...
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Carpe Manana, Is Your Church Ready to SEIZE TOMORROW?

The message never changes, but if we are ever going to reach our world, our methods must change.  But how can the church embrace change and still be itself?  The premise of Sweet's book, Carpe Manana, is that “for better or worse, a new world is no longer coming – it is here.  Our minds, our bodies, our professions, our morals, our relationships, our spirituality – our lives – are being radically reshaped by postmodernism. ...
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Geneva Church Planting

There is much happening at the moment in the world of church planting.   It is exciting stuff. In all of this a number of people have asked for clarification regarding the new church planting network called Geneva. People have wondered what it will be doing and what it might offer. Geneva will be run by a board of Australian church planters which will include Al Stewart, Andrew Heard and Mikey Lynch. It's purpose will...
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