As the Provost of Morling College, my role is to provide leadership to faculty, staff, and programs. I oversee the day to day and operational functions of the College, including its management, goal-setting, and organisational culture. My role is to ensure excellent delivery of Bible and Theology, Online, Education, and Counselling awards.
I also have the opportunity to teach undergraduate, postgraduate, and online classes in leadership, church dynamics and health, spiritual formation, and ministry. I chose to serve at Morling because my greatest joy is seeing women and men being shaped as disciples and leaders, and seeing them grow more in love with Jesus every day.
Probably pride and self-reliance. I think I have a natural tendency to rely on whatever gifts and talents I have, and to shy away from dependency on Christ. But when I fall into this habit, things begin to unravel in my personal spiritual life and in my ministry. The Spirit challenges my pride, and invites me to abandon such self-reliance.
It’s a passage, rather than a verse: Philippians 3:7–16. I want this to be my passion and heart and prayer—to consider whatever gain I had as loss for the sake of Christ and his gospel. I want to be found in him and filled with his righteousness. More that that, I want to know Christ, “the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.” I want this to be my prayer, pressing on to take hold of it, straining toward the goal of faith in Jesus Christ.
That Jesus is the vine, and we are the branches. He calls us to remain in him (and he in us), and bear much fruit. Apart from him, we can do nothing. This means that humility, repentance, and dependence on God's empowering presence reside at the heart of all genuine Christian discipleship and witness and ministry. As Christians, we must be completely aware of our inadequacy and God's sufficiency, and rely on the Spirit who fills us with his immeasurable faith and hope and love.
We’ve lived in North Epping for 12 years, and the friendships we’ve built there will last a lifetime. Our children have grown up there, and local families have welcomed them into their homes and lives as their own. Through countless meals, sleepovers, community fairs, sporting events, school graduations, coffees, conversations, and chance encounters, we’ve grown with our neighbours—laughing, crying, celebrating, and doing life together. We many lifelong friends in the local neighbourhood. These friendships and community with our neighbours help us live out our witness to Jesus, in an earthy, local, tangible way.