Final instructions: Preach Christ!
This Saturday, 18 men received their final instructions before signing up to the most audacious Mission Sydney has seen.
These new Anglican presbyters are already on the frontline of Sydney Diocese’s plan to see 10 per cent of the population in Bible-believing churches by 2012.
All 18 have already proved themselves in ministry and were ordained at one of four different regional locations closest to their home churches.
The fruit of faithful preaching and active involvement in mission was evident as the young men stepped forward, answered the examining questions and committed themselves to ministry.
In St Andrew's Cathedral, seven men, accompanied by their families, responded to the call to be ordained, by the Archbishop of Sydney Dr Peter Jensen.
At St Andrew's Cathedral, Archdeacon of North Sydney, Terry Dein and Deryck Howell, the Archdeacon of South Sydney, presented those to be ordained.
Bishop of North Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies, assisted the Archbishop in the Ordinations and Canon Jim Ramsay, Director of Evangelism Ministries presented the sermon, based on the Bible Reading, John 11:28-44.
The sermon referred to the Scripture passage printed in the Order of Service, requiring those present to constantly read the words for themselves, speaking of the Lord's concern for Lazarus " an indication of his power in all things.
His concluding words were an encouragement to those taking the next step in their ministries: "We preach a greater power. We preach Christ!"
Archbishop Jensen took the opportunity to voice appreciation for the contribution of the wives and the parents which had led to this special occasion for the newly ordained men and the ministry of the Anglican Church in Sydney.
At St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney
Sam Hwang " St Andrew's, Strathfield
David Lanham " Turramurra South
Stephen Morse " Belrose
Gavin Perkins " St Ives
David Rogers " Centennial Park
Benjamin Underwood " Darling Point
Nathan Walter " St Ives
At St David's Anglican Church, Arncliffe
Carl Matthei " Christ Church St George
Adam Taylor " Liverpool
Archie Poulos " Moore College
Chris Thanopoulos " Arncliffe
At St John's Cathedral, Parramatta
Christopher Allan " Rooty Hill
Neil Durrant " Northmead and Winston Hills
Robert Elder " Kingswood
Craig Schafer " Springwood/Winmalee
At St Michael's Cathedral, Wollongong:
Peter Hutchinson " Dapto
Mark Layson " Miranda
James Macbeth " Gymea
Story and photos: Ramon Williams with additional reporting by Anglican Media Sydney