Youth & music ministry

To clap or not to clap?

March 9, 2009 | Jodie McNeillOne aspect of our church gatherings that causes some division and confusion is the practice of clapping. It should come as no surprise that the current March 2009 edition of Southern Cross includes a letter to the Editor raising this very issue in relation to the Connect '09 Big Day In.

Professional v relational?

March 2, 2009 | Jodie McNeillAnyone who knows me well will be aware that I like things to be both relational and to be professional. However, it can often be difficult to achieve both of these goals at the same time...

Rev Rudd’s woeful Rod Laver sermon

February 23, 2009 | Jodie McNeillI do not envy the Prime Minister one bit. As a public, committed Christian he was required to preach a 'sermon' at a 'service' that invited along everyone but God.

Sacred spaces still matter

February 16, 2009 | Jodie McNeillVisiting three McNeill Sacred Spaces reminded me of the significance of buildings to the Christian life.

KPIs and beating ministry blues

February 9, 2009 | Jodie McNeillIn Patrick Lencioni's book 'The Three Signs of a Miserable Job' he states that the inability to measure results is one of the three key causes of job dissatisfaction. The problem for ministers is that most of the important results of our ministry are immeasurable.

Tall poppy Christianity

February 3, 2009 | Jodie McNeillWhen a person speaks about his or her success in ministry, the response from others is often lukewarm. Perhaps it's a Christian version of the so-called 'Tall Poppy Syndrome', in which Aussies habitually cut down high achievers to the median level of mediocrity. But is this a Christian response?