Youth & music ministry

WWJD? Trash those wristbands

April 5, 2009 | Rhonda WatsonThe 'What Would Jesus Do?' wrist bands have puzzled me for some time. Found in the 'Christian trinkets' section of your favourite Christian resource store, the wristband range has grown into a variety of other products: WWJD toy trucks, pencil cases, key rings, sweatbands and mobile phone straps.

Even hot air can help us connect

March 30, 2009 | Jodie McNeillI'm afraid I'm a bit sceptical about the intrinsic value of Earth Hour. However, its popularity as an exercise tells us plenty about our current society, and in particular, the Gen Y's that drive the pointy-end of public opinion.

Yachtie’s jargon a lot like church

March 23, 2009 | Jodie McNeillOne of the first things you notice about the world of sailing is that it has its own specialised vocabulary. Not content to use 'common' words, yachties adopt a whole language of their own to describe the boat and the related aspects of sailing.

Should you twitter?

March 16, 2009 | Jodie McNeillI've been trying to hold off, but for no longer. This weekend I signed up for Twitter, the latest trend in online social networking.

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?