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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)

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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Preach the Word

An article by Martin Geluk was distributed through the CRCA general mailing list in which the fourfold task(FFT) adopted by the CRCA was discussed.  In this article Martin  made the following comments:  "I have found it both strange and sad that with the formulation and explanation of the fourfold task of the CRCA (pray, multiply, train, align) the task of preaching was excluded. Surely the New Testament emphasizes preaching as the most important task of the church. ...It is also...
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CRCA Restructure - Have Your Say!

The CRCA Synod 2006 recognised that the task of alignment is a continual process. For this reason Synod decided to adopt TASK FOUR: “to reform continually the life of the denomination (including our church ethos, customs, church order, use of resources, denominational committees, support staff and agencies) to encourage and enable the fulfilment of the fundamental aim.” Synod 2006 further instructed the Ministry Formation Workgroup during the past Synodical period (2006-2009) “to continue to evaluate...
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Reaching Out

What does it really mean for us as churches to "reach out"?  As I go around the various classes and churches within the Christian Reformed Churches of Australia, this is the question I raise.  From our statistics the facts speak for themselves.  We have not been "successful" in reaching the lost for Christ.  But the culture is changing, and more and more church leaders and members are asking all the right questions.  How can we as churches be more effective...
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Pastoral Performance Evaluation: Checks & Balances

In last month's ENewsletter (January 2009) I encouraged you to listen to Mark Driscoll's Sydney address given in September 2008.   There was also a summary of his message entitled:  "18 Obstacles to Effective Evangelism."  Among other things Driscoll said:  "Men can't be demoted or thrown out of ministry for more than stealing money or falling sexually. Just because you're doing ministry long-term doesn't mean you should be guaranteed of a job. You all know that some...
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