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and leadership have become a rather topical issue in our present world of
interesting politics - and all of us probably have an opinion on what makes a
good leader and what does not. However, in today’s world of often biased
reporting, and the instant feedback of social media - leaders often can't be
sure if people are following, or just chasing.
Many people assume that those who are popular in life and speak crowd pleasing words, will make good leaders. Well, history would tell us that both those ideas are wrong. When we read about great leaders of the past or present, we often discover that they were the reserved, and quieter, and often shy people, who learned and developed their leadership skills as they grew and matured.
was so very good at demonstrating the values of genuine leadership, so much so,
that he became an unacceptable threat to the political and social hierarchy of
his day - and their response - was to crush the threat, with maximum force.
Apostle Paul, many years later, wrote about the qualities of leadership he saw
in Jesus and what it took to be a leader of a community. He suggested that
a leader needs to be an example to others - a caring shepherd, who exercises
willing and enthusiastic oversight for the people in their care - not because
they have to, but because they want to.
is a word we don’t use very much, but it’s useful when talking about
leaders. Oversight is about direction, rather than demands - it’s about
managing, rather than controlling - and it’s about being an example, rather
than telling others what to do. Paul talks about being humble with each
other - don’t ask someone to do a job you wouldn’t do - and be willing to
admit your mistakes. And do all of this willingly, rather than through
obligation, or by force.
suggested that a leader’s job was to lead, and to do that they needed certain
personal qualities for them to be accepted as leaders. Leaders need integrity
- they need to make sure their actions and their words match - to set an example
to others by the way they speak and act. A leader’s integrity, will
determine whether people listen to them or not.
know their strengths and weaknesses, and take responsibility for
their mistakes - when something goes wrong, instead of blaming someone else,
leaders take responsibility and work through the situation. Leaders become
great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower
need to be good listeners - who care about people and share in their
tragedies and their triumphs. They make each person feel important, and
respected, and cared for - they bring out the best in other people - and they
build community by offering people a vision of what is possible, and then work
with them, to make it happen.
leaders, have the ability to make the people around them, better people - which
is not determined by how intelligent they are, or what they look like, whether
they are tall or short or fat or thin - genuine leadership depends on how a
person behaves - and speaks - and treats other people.
we look around our present world, there seems to be a lack of genuine leaders
who even come close to Paul’s leadership guidelines. We could do well to
follow the style and content of Jesus’ leadership example and the leadership
characteristics that Paul expanded - so that each of us, make our world a better
place to live.
Rev. Bruce Wood
The garden is taking shape and will continue to do so as the spring/summer growing period progresses. Another special tree was donated and planted – this time a grafted plum tree was gifted by our departing group of Vanuatan friends – to signify the union between them and our congregation and as a lasting symbol of our friendship and connection, as it bears fruit so will our continued relationship with these special friends.
- The Farewell:
was a very busy period just prior to Morsen, Gideon, David, Wicliff and Jean
returning home and I’d like to thank all of those people who assisted in
emptying the furniture from the Bowen Street house and cleaning it – and a
big thank you to Dawn Bloye who is storing it all until the next group
arrives. The farewell service was a lovely experience and included
Morsen teaching the congregation to sing, “You are my brother, You are my
Sister” in English and Bislama reinforcing our connections, as this is the
song that was sung to us in the churches and schools that we visited in
was an extremely early morning trip to the airport (thanks Peter Dell for
picking us all up at 2am) that followed a night of singing (until they were
hoarse, which was amazing in itself) – a big thank you to Jean Straughair
for playing our piano so well and for so long and Noel Mackenzie for keeping
us in tune! The airport farewell was of course emotional, but it was good to
see the boys excited about returning to their families after a long six
would like to give a huge thank you to all of those who made the boys’
time here such a valuable experience for them (yes they do like being called
our “boys”). The luggage that we were able to freight to them
arrived a few days ago in Port Vila, which meant that David could finally
catch the ferry to his village in the Shepherd Islands; once he arrives he
has a day’s walk to get to home. We certainly hope that the message
that he needs help with his luggage got through to his village!
is in touch almost every day and recently sent us lovely photographs of his
and Morsen’s families. He recently wrote:
drive to visit all the boys (in Port Vila). Pick them up go for a drive then
drop them off. Every time we meet up we all ways talk about how good
you are to us and we were so blessed to have you as our family. Miss
you guys so much.”
Peck is now leading our response with social justice issues. Nick
receives regular information packs from the Justice and International
Mission (JIM) unit of the Uniting Church and will assist us to act on those
issues. Nick has asked for people to indicate their interest in being
involved with petitions and letter writing – if you missed adding your
name to the list there is a clipboard in the foyer of the church and the
list will be regularly updated. Otherwise contact myself and/or Bruce
and we will pass your details on to Nick.
Play Group continues to grow, with up to 16 children attending on a regular
basis. Are you an encourager who likes to be with young families?
are asking for applications for more members on our Leader’s Team.
If you are interested, please visit the Activities Room on any Thursday
morning to see what we do and discuss this wonderful opportunity.
a Child Safe organisation we are committed to providing an environment which
maximizes the safety and well-being of children and young people.
For more information please contact Lesley Welch or Di Carson.
Club will be held on two consecutive Thursdays - 7th & 14th
December from 4:00pm – 5:30pm. We will be looking for a band of
willing helpers – the children will be involved with craft, games, music,
a nativity play and of course food.
speak to Di Carson if you would like to assist.
Council has agreed to fund this new part-time position, to assist with the
ever increasing pastoral needs of our congregation.
position will be one day a week for an initial period of 12 months.
you are interested in applying please contact the office on Ph 5623 6625 or
email email@example.com to obtain a job description.
Presbytery of Gippsland is seeking a capable person to serve in the role of
Presbytery Secretary to commence as soon as possible.
is a paid role, with the successful person to be employed part-time at 0.4
EFT (equivalent to two days a week). Initially the contract is for 12
of this Position can be seen on the church notice board, copies also
available from the church office.
Council’s recommendation to our congregation that both our Elders Council
and Church Council consist of 12 elected members each was approved at a
general congregational meeting on the 1st October.
forms for these positions are now available from the table under the office
window and must be returned by 19th October 2017.
Your prayerful consideration for these important positions would be appreciated.
The Train Shed was fortunate to have a model railway layout donated recently by a member of the Drouin Men’s Shed. He required more room in his garage to restore an EH Holden and subsequently made this generous offer.
free to drop in and see what is happening. We operate on Wednesdays
from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. However, if unable to make it during these
times, please contact Bill or Tony to make other arrangements to suit.
an Irish Sunday School Teacher
I was testing the children in my Sunday school class to see if they understood the concept of getting to heaven.
asked them, 'If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave
all my money to the church, would that get me into heaven?'
the children answered.
I cleaned the church every day, mowed the garden, and kept everything
tidy, would that get me into heaven?'
the answer was 'NO!'
I gave sweets to all the children, and loved my husband, would that get me
they all answered 'NO!'
was just bursting with pride for them.
continued, 'Then how can I get into heaven?'
little boy shouted out: 'YU GOTTA BE STONE DEAD.'
a curious race, the Irish — brings a tear to the eye, don't it?