They longed for me to speak ...Discerning the future
As we ask God to guide us into future ministry there is a great longing - a longing that can only be satisfied by the work of the Holy Spirit. At St John's College on Sunday afternoon we saw the next phase of the Spirit's work enacted as students from across Aotearoa attended the Powhiri. It is enormously encouraging to see the calibre of students gathered to be formed for ministry, and we in the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki have every reason to be excited.
In 2017 we have three young families and two single students under 25. Each is called to service in our Diocese but the detail and manner of their specific ministry are yet to be revealed. They represent a generation of young leaders who are community-oriented and passionate about participating in the Kingdom. They also represent the changing culture of the church. As we explore news ways of delivering parish ministry and serving others these students will discover that they are tasked with helping to make it happen. The future of the Anglican church depends upon its willingness both to honour our faithful patterns and allow new paradigms to be tested.
And so we ask you to pray for these students and their families: for Tim (Yudi, Tikva and Jonathan), Dan (Mai, Tom and Bobby), Natha, Lydia, Matt (and Leah). May they be inspired. May they flourish. May God be always with them. Amen.
Story Published: 14th of February - 2017