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here are many good ministries, but precious few real movements. Ministries that connect with the lost, win people to Jesus, and build up believers are great. However, true multiplying movements are even better – those which equip workers and appoint and release multiplying leaders into the harvest field. To fill this need, Campus Crusade for Christ Australia recently birthed their newest initiative called Movement Builders. Movement Builders comprises a community of leaders around Australia who desire to see spiritual multiplication grow throughout this nation and beyond.

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“Whether an emerging leader or a veteran, Movement Builders will challenge you.” – Bill Hodgson The primary methodology equips these leaders with movementbuilding skills through a concept called SHIFT:m2M. The “m2M” stands for ministry to movement. Through SHIFT:m2M a relational learning environment occurs, using the gospel accounts of Jesus’ ministry. Participants are invited to engage with other leaders while immersing themselves in Christ’s life and ministry. All the while, a facilitator helps attendees wrestle

with the realities of movement building in the context of life and ministry. Recently, Northside Community Church in Sydney, experienced a paradigm shift when their focus changed to discipleship. Sam Haddon, Associate Pastor (photo: far left) says “There’s a lot of talk out there, heaps of books trying to tell you how to do it right. But I really appreciated how Shift:m2M didn’t threaten or impose upon our church’s goals, it enhanced. I was able to implement this in a practical way in our youth ministry. It’s transformed our perspective away from just program-oriented ministry to a youth movement.” SHIFT:m2M involves four retreats over 15 months with a small group of 10-15 people who are leaders and mission practitioners. They form accountability for each other as they study the life of Jesus (50 studies with supplemental podcasts). Participants specifically learn how Jesus made disciples who could make more disciples. SHIFT:m2M is ideal for: »» »» »» »» »»

Pastors Youth leaders Denominational leaders Church Planters Christian leaders in a secular workforce

CCCA is offering Taste & See Day Conferences open to anyone wishing to learn more before committing to the full course. Full details can be found on the CCCA Movement Builders website (www.movementbuilders.com.au).

Sam continues, “It was a true retreat for me, with some downtime to do meals together, bushwalks and even a little footy.” While not an effort to prescribe a model of doing ministry, it is a journey to discover the foundation of what Christ is calling leaders to be and what efforts He asks leaders to build into as His followers. Facilitator Bill Hodgson says, “Whether an emerging leader or a veteran, Movement Builders will challenge you.”

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The Ecstasy of Christ

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Lighting the Way Page 8

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From the Editor No man is an island. I have learned I need to surround myself with godly people. It is biblical and without it, we become a bit peculiar. Although the world tries to make us believe the opposite, we desperately need each other. True, outward-focused community – like the early church in Acts chapter 2 – can be revolutionary. In my own life, biblical community keeps me from going askew in my doctrine, values, priorities, ministry and more. When I allow others to speak into my life, it prevents me from getting a bit off.

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” (Romans 12:10, New International Version) True community is some of what you will find in this issue of TODAY. Many of these stories seem to carry a common connection to Christian fellowship in some way. It is this strategic avoidance of isolation that helps grow us in our Christian journey. I love this about the koinonia I see within Campus Crusade for Christ Australia. Whether it is a community of year 10 kids or uni students, families or church congregations, athletes or mission teams, all have one thing in common: Christcentered community. This issue of TODAY just scratches the surface of how God uses biblical kinship to reach our world. So what does radical community look like in Australia? I invite you to explore that question with us. — Tez, Editor

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TODAY Magazine Issue 12 – May 2011 Editor-in-Chief Tez Brooks Editors Kathryn Bickerton MaryBeth Berry Contributing Writers Gina Liu Grant Bickerton Jennifer Lu Suan Lee Campbell Tez Brooks Transcribers Patti Robertson Jennifer Lu Mailing List Manager John Bain Design and Production Classic Press TODAY Magazine is a publication of Campus Crusade for Christ Australia an interdenominational Christian parachurch movement committed to helping fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. Campus Crusade works together with churches and other Christian organizations to win, build, train and send individuals from all walks of life into dynamic spiritual growth and multiplication. For address changes or to submit a story for publication contact TODAY magazine Attention: Editor-in-Chief Unit 1–8 Anzed Court Mulgrave, VIC 3170 Australia Or TODAYeditor@ccca.org.au

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NationAl DirectoR’s CorneR something particular to this group of fellow travelers on this frontier adventure. Most people only read about the adventure, so this was special – while it lasted.

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Some time ago we were on a family safari to the tip of Cape York. The six of us crammed into a 4WD traveling light with only a couple of small tents and limited resources. We left our caravan at the place where the bitumen road ended then we pushed four days further north on dirt tracks to the top of Australia. This is referred to by all who share the road as “The Tip”. As dusk approached near the end of each days bruising drive, we would pull into the travelers’ camping area. Then, setting up camp, we found ourselves immediately in a temporary community with total strangers. We were around the campfire sharing the same mission: heading to – or returning from – “The Tip”. Somehow their story was also a part of ours. We each recounted our adventures and shared the collective knowledge gained along the way to enhance each of our experience of the journey. There was a bond,

There is a far deeper and enduring communal bond experienced between followers of Jesus as we travel on His mission. Living light, leaving behind the things that would encumber us, we set our hearts and minds on joining Him in his great mission. In so doing, we find an unusual feeling of community and a rich sense of team. Some refer to this kinship of shared mission as ‘communitas’, another level of community all together. In John 4 we drop in on Jesus and his team early on in their mission journey as they visit Sychar in Samaria. It is here Jesus encounters the woman at the well outside the village. You are probably familiar with the account – a marvelous glimpse into Jesus grace and compassion. He meets people where they are, in order to reveal their deeper need for a Saviour. Interestingly, when his disciples returned and offered him food he replied, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish his work.” (verse 34) There was a deep nourishment of his soul after engaging in the mission of the Father. Jesus then recounts the different roles people may play in the mission (reapers and sowers), their different contributions and the imperative of being fully engaged in the

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present time (not procrastinating). To do His will, to finish His work, to focus everything we have on the completion of God’s mission is the adventure for which we were created. In this pursuit lies deep nourishment for our souls. Yet one additional phrase caught my eye. Jesus goes on to talk about a deep shared joy, community celebration, regardless of the different specific roles played. “... Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.” (v36) In light of their shared mission and eternity, they would be “glad together” – an experience of ‘communitas’. What a privilege we share to be working together in the cause of Jesus Christ. Whether through prayer and financial support, personal engagement in ministry, sowing, reaping or providing resources and administration, we can all give ourselves as Jesus did to “do God’s will” and to “finish God’s work”. As we do, we experience supernatural nourishment for our soul and deeply shared joy, being glad together. Thanks for partnering with us on this adventure. Being glad together!

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EvangelisM and the Move to MediA by Tez Brooks

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he Global Short Film Network (GSFN), a ministry of The JESUS Film Project, seeks to engage the world with Jesus through short films. These films help launch spiritual conversations by presenting, in a fresh format, human themes like anger, forgiveness, freedom and friendship. This month, the Multimedia Communications Department of Campus Crusade for Christ Australia (CCCA), is hosting a 10-day school for

It’s vital that organisations like CCCA continue to deliver the gospel in a way our world will most readily receive it.

filmmakers. In order to make this happen, a partnership was formed with CVC – a ministry based on the Sunshine Coast who recently made the transition from radio to shortfilms. They are providing training rooms, accommodations and meals in Brisbane in order to help CCCA bring the instructors from America. The GSFN instructors are conducting professional training for those wishing to improve their skills in movie making. Training includes storytelling workshops, cinematography, sound and editing and practical application. At the end of the school, students will have created at last three short films available for sharing the gospel in Australia. In addition, filmmakers are being trained how to engage the viewer toward a spiritual conversation. This is the

most important part of the process as it opens a door beyond just sharing a cool movie – to present the message of Christ. In this generation that is increasingly becoming more visually orientated, it’s vital that organisations like CCCA continue to deliver the gospel in a way our world will most readily receive it. Worldwide, the organisation is known for its passion to remain innovative, so it just seems right that they would be offering this training in Australia. Professional training is a key part of making effective films and CCCA acknowledges that. “There are four things that make a good film,” says a film school alumni. “You need superb writing, believable acting, great directing and professional cameramen. You can’t attempt to throw something together that’s daggy and expect it to attract an audience. Not in today’s sophisticated society.” Visual media has a way of breaking through the common evangelism barriers of cynicism and apathy. Last year twelve uni students came to Christ at the University of Narobi after viewing a GSFN film. With GSFN leading film schools all over the world, they are seeing pockets of filmmakers creating short evangelistic films in places like Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada, Europe and more. “When people see a film in their own language that was filmed in their own country, it reaches deeper into the heart and opens a powerful opportunity to talk with them about


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H Jesus,” says Chris Degarmo, a GSFN missionary and one of the trainers who came to Brisbane. If you would like to learn more about how you can use short films to engage people in spiritual conversations, log onto globalshortfilmnetwork.com.

ong-An Thai, a student enrolled in Psychology and Law, was literally lost when she first came in contact with Student Life, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ Australia. Hong-An was looking for a building in the maze of Macquarie University when she asked Ian Finnan, a Student Life missionary, for directions. Hong-An became a Christian just two weeks before starting uni and was hungry to know more about her new Christian faith. During the conversation with Ian she agreed to do a six week Christianity Explained course. Ian put her in contact with another missionary for the course, and she found it helped her understand the claims of Jesus, how they applied to her life, and how to know Jesus personally. Years earlier Hong-An had attended church with her parents, who are both Christians. However, for a long time she felt lost and without purpose, searching for her identity. She described her search “like peeling layers deeper to your core.” As the search went on, Hong-An decided there was no core, and she felt more lost than before. Hong-An finally found her identity in Christ when she came across a well-known book – “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren.

Hong-An was blown away by the truth of a God who loves her and created her with a purpose and plan for her life. She was not merely a coincidence. She continued to search, reading through the Bible and making sure she truly understood everything. Finally, one night, her convictions became clear – all her good works were not going to save her. She realised it was by grace alone that she would be saved. Overwhelmed, Hong-An fell to her knees and prayed, giving her life to Jesus and accepting His free gift of salvation. When Student Life came onto the scene, Hong-An was still excited about her faith and new journey with God, so she jumped straight into core groups, weekly meetings, and of course, the Christianity Explained course. As she grew in understanding of Jesus, through discipleship and community, she began to step out in faith and overcome a fear of evangelism. She says: “Being part of Student Life has helped me see that it’s about sharing my faith and leaving the results up to God. It’s not my doing at all, but it’s God working in me [by] surrendering to Him.”

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Grant Bickerton is no stranger to stress. For over twelve years he has served as a full-time missionary both in Australia and in a Muslim country. Now, he’s using his experience to help others. With a background in psychological practice and research, Grant Bickerton is undertaking a large-scale research project on behalf of Campus Crusade for Christ Australia (CCCA) and the University of Western Sydney. We asked him to share with us his passion for caring for missionaries, long term.

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he challenges of being in ministry in Australia today are many. Those of us in ministry want to be effective, represent Jesus well, meet the many and varied needs of those we confront, see lives transformed and spiritual growth break out – all in the context of an increasingly secularised society that largely sees the Christian religion as irrelevant and/or undesirable. All these factors (and more) can, over time, leave people in ministry feeling tired, emotionally exhausted, and cause them to step back from the battle. Many serving in church work and on the mission field are ministering in this psychological situation – feeling as though they are just getting by. If left unchecked, people “burnout” and leave. Recent research among Australian clergy indicates that one in four are currently experiencing high levels of burnout in their ministry, and a further two in four are on the verge of this condition.

“One in four are currently experiencing high levels of burnout in their ministry.” Grant Bickerton The desire for all of us in ministry is not only to just hang in there – barely avoiding burnout, but to be engaged – to feel energetic and dedicated to the work of the Kingdom. We want to be proactive, initiate with creativity, be committed to high standards of performance,

and motivated to continue in the work long-term. Paul charged the Christians in Rome to “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord.” (Romans 12:7). Unless Christian denominations and organisations can inspire people to apply their full capabilities to their service, part of these essential human resources that God has provided remain unavailable – held back.

Over 800 people in ministry across Australia have taken part in the initial phase of our research, and the task at hand is to follow these participants over the coming 18 months. Through this, we hope to identify the factors that promote healthy service to Jesus. Hopefully we can connect changes between experiences of engagement and health. We also hope to link this to changes in ministry, personal demands and available resources.

CCCA has a desire to investigate the organisational and personal variables that promote a state of healthy engagement in ministry. It’s our hope that we can help identify what we and other Christian organisations can do to assist religious workers to serve in an energised state longterm, which includes the individual spiritual aspects that are particularly influential in managing work stress.

Over the next 18 months, some of the initial results to be confirmed include: »» Identifying which ministry stressors actually promote health »» Which demands are exclusively harmful »» What could organisations and denominations do to reduce stress / promote health »» How a “spiritual” work environment specifically influences one’s relationship with God »» Which religious practices and dynamics help or harm. We are hoping that this study will enable us in CCCA to serve our missionaries better as they serve Jesus around the world. We also desire to serve the wider body of Christ and offer help in this area as we follow our Lord and minster in His name. If you would like further information regarding this research, contact Grant.Bickerton@ccca.org.au.


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Six Tips for Reducing Stress 1 Do something about it. Most causes of burnout are situational/job stressors, there can be a tendency to feel the problem is too big and there’s nothing you can do. Create a sense of personal urgency to do something. Talk to a boss, mentor or wise friend and together generate changes to alter the feeling of helplessness. 2 Your relationship with God. It is important to target the source of the stress in collaboration with God. Those who turn to God in their struggles, have better outcomes. 3 Change expectations from abstract to concrete. Overly high ideals need to be replaced with more short-term goals that move toward the cherished ideal. This creates a clearer sense of accomplishment. Have a detailed and holistic job descriptions with measurable goals that can be adjusted annually. 4 Take regular breaks. Learn to completely detach from work daily. Find places that can be genuine havens of rest that are positive and rewarding in themselves. 5 Exercise and Diet. Make sure you get eight hours of sleep. A nationwide study of Australian clergy published in 2001 showed people in physical and psychological well-being can handle stress easier and help others better. 6 Know yourself. Know your strengths, weaknesses, and what God has called you to do. Learn when it’s best for you to say “no”, to take a break, to get help from others, or even to change ministry roles.

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elieving that the harvest is plentiful, Brian – a Campus Crusade for Christ missionary at California State University – began experimenting with streaming live video for their weekly meetings. Initially Brian felt some reservations about whether this would work. What if it just encouraged students to stay in their dorms, rather than attend meetings in person? However, while in the past six months more students did indeed tune in than actually attend the meetings – attendance in person still has been higher than before the streaming occurred. The live feed assists those students who have exams to study for or other activities that prevent them from attending the meetings. In addition, it enables non-involved

students to check out the meetings without subjecting themselves to the uncomfortable situation of attending a Christian gathering, not knowing what to expect. Missionaries like Brian are not uncommon to Campus Crusade for Christ. By actively trusting God to learn new and innovative ways to do ministry, Brian more than doubled his student participation in weekly meetings. Like Brian, Campus Crusade for Christ Australia continues to expect God to work as we move forward in faith, trying new ideas to reach this generation. To learn more about how you can be involved in creating innovative tools to help build movements of Christ-followers everywhere, contact our Technology Department in Melbourne at 03 9014 7584.

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Lighting the Way by Tez Brooks

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att and Angus spent a few weeks of their summer holiday on a Student Life Summer Project. One moonless night when they were given the challenge to go out and talk to people about Jesus, Matt, Angus and some other friends approached two girls and a fisherman. Matt started chatting with the girls, while Angus talked to the fisherman. The fisherman had no experience of Christianity and only knew “God” as a swear word. Angus asked the fisherman how he would react if he could have a personal relationship with God. The man said he would be interested. At this point Angus wanted to use the tract he had with him to help communicate the message but realised it was too dark to read.

In just a few moments, the fisherman’s perception of God had changed from an expletive to a personal friend. Then Angus remembered a new application on his iPhone called Knowing God Personally. He had downloaded it for free, compliments of Campus Crusade for Christ Australia. So by the light of his iPhone, Angus presented the gospel. Every concept was brand new to the fisherman, so understandably, when it came to the point of response, he needed time to think about it. Nevertheless, in just a few moments, the fisherman’s perception of God had changed from an expletive to a personal friend.

Meanwhile one of the girls, Caitlin, refused to be a part of Matt’s conversation and stepped back from the crowd to dial a friend. She could be overheard on the phone saying, “I can’t believe we’re talking about God stuff with these guys; it’s rubbish!” Moments later, Caitlin walked back to ask the guys a question: “So my friend on the phone says I should ask you, ‘If God hates homosexuality, why did He make people with that tendency? How come God makes people just so He can hate them?’” Angus and the team explained God’s love for sinful people, but not for their sins. Jess, one of the other girls was interested to hear the team’s answer. Angus turned to her and asked, “Have you ever heard of the concept of knowing God personally?” “No, but I believe God is everywhere, watching everything we do,” Jess responded. “Would it be fair to say that if someone watches you closely, they would get to know you pretty well?” “Yep.” Angus smiled, “Would it be reasonable then to say they would want you to know them in return?”

Are you prepared to share the gospel? Test yourself. 1 Do you know that God loves you and wants you to know Him personally? 2 Do you know that we can’t begin to know God because our sin separates us from Him? 3 Do you know that Jesus Christ is the only solution for our sin? 4 Do you know that Jesus is God and he paid the penalty for our sin? 5 Do you know that it’s not enough just to know these truths – you must place your trust in Christ as your Savior? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, you may need to go to www.ccca.org.au and click on the icon Knowing God Personally or download the iPhone application.

“I reckon.” “Well that’s how God feels about you. Would you like to hear how you can get to know God?” “Yeah, sure.” Angus pulled out his iPhone again. Like the fisherman, Jess also heard the gospel that dark night for the first time.

No one made a decision to follow Jesus that evening. However, Angus and Matt know all they can really do is share the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit and leave the results to God. Please continue to pray for the fisherman, Jess and Caitlin.


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DelivEr Me From Evil By Suan Lee Campbell

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hyse Skelton, a Science student at Monash University has been interested in spiritual things from a young age. His interest came through the influence of his mother: “Mum is very spiritual and [believes] in re-incarnation and practices Reiki; it is a Buddhist form of palm healing as a way to transfer healing energy through the hands.” When he was twelve, he attended a Reiki course which ended more frightening and dispruptive than healing, “I started getting really weird dreams after using Reiki. I seem to invite the worse kind of things into my life and for a while I got into all sorts of trouble at school. My dreams started getting very violent--dreams of killing people.”

“I don’t know what’s going on, Jesus help me!” He kept away from anyone who was a Christian and became hostile towards them because he thought Christianity was a cult. One day at Monash University, a friend invited him to a Bible study ran by Student Life, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ Australia (CCCA). Although his initial response was –“No way, Christians are insane.”– Rhyse realised his fear was irrational and he decided to go. He discovered that Jesus was intriguing and Rhyse asked many questions about Him. He also met Harro, a CCCA missionary. They became good friends and housemates. Harro made a significant difference in Rhyse’ spiritual journey.

“One day, Harro put his laptop in front of me and said, ‘Check out this conference website, you should come.’” It was a Student Life midyear conference. Recalling his experience of the conference, Rhyse said: “At the start, the singing and praying was really foreign. Why should I pray or sing about something I don’t believe in? Yet I didn’t want to be disrespectful to everyone there.” During the conference, Rhyse attended a Christianity Explained course. Through the sessions, he realised believing in Jesus and the Bible came down to an intellectual decision, not what he thought he knew of Christians. “I could see how their lives had changed through their belief.” One night, during a praise and worship session, unusual things began to happen. “I started singing but felt disturbed and angry. My hands were shaking, and I felt a very unholy presence around me, weighing me down. I couldn’t stop trembling.” Meanwhile, friends who were sitting behind Rhyse saw his agitation and began praying. After the service, Rhyse asked Harro to pray for him “Harro was asking God to reveal any demonic oppression.” ”I’ve never experienced anything like it and was trying to rationalise it with science. In desperation, Rhyse raised his head up and cried out, “I don’t know what’s going on, Jesus help me.” Instantly Rhyse saw a vision of Jesus putting His arms around him saying, “He is my child now.” Rhyse felt a wonderful sensation of inner cleansing. “I felt all this evil stuff rip

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away from me. I just wanted to hang on to Jesus for a little while.” After it ended, Rhyse fell limp and at peace. That night, Rhyse prayed to receive Christ and went to bed a Christian. The next morning, Harro woke him up and asked if he wanted to share his story with others. That was the beginning of Rhyse’ testimony of how Jesus delivered him from Reiki practices and the spiritual oppression that came from it. When he returned home from the conference, he straight away shared his unique encounter with Jesus with his parents and friends. Rhyse told everyone who would listen that Christ delivered him from evil. Rhyse admitted, however, that putting God first in his life was slow at first. “Lusts of this world are still a big issue. I used to struggle with marijuana and drinking a lot, too, but God has really helped me and I’m slowly maturing with the input of other believers.” If you would like to know more about getting help in your walk with Christ, contact www.ccca.org.au


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The Ecstasy of Christ By Gina Liu Sam Burtt

He says: “Every time I share my story, it just reminds me I have a lot to be thankful for. It’s God that has brought me this far. I can never go back.”

True or False 1 To begin a relationship with God you must first give Jesus control of everything in your life. T or F 2 God is not so concerned with your words when you pray as he is about the attitude of your heart. T or F 3 When you ask Christ into your life as Saviour and Lord, all of your sins can be forgiven if you live a good life and be good to others. T or F 4 After praying to receive Christ, if you don’t feel different inside, then probably nothing happened. Try praying again. T or F

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When Sydney University’s Orientation Week rolled around, it had been two years since Sam attended church. During “O Week”, Student Life ran a stall where they handed out spirituality surveys. Sam filled one out. A few days later, he received a call from Student Life missionary AJ. Although hesitant to meet AJ, Sam did. Through their first meeting, God began to turn Sam’s life around.

The satisfaction Sam finds in pleasing God far outweighs his old habits, and he now lives with a passion to do what God is calling him to do. He lives in the ecstasy of new life in Jesus. Having open, honest and accountable friends from Student Life has been massive. Furthermore, being discipled by AJ has made a lasting impact on Sam’s life.

Test yourself. How much do you know about the transformation that comes when Jesus enters your life.

1 True, let Jesus control all of it, you won’t regret it.

After an unexpected break-up with a girlfriend, Sam was shaken. He says: “I was dating a girl. She went to some camp, came back and didn’t talk to me for a week. She said ‘God’s telling me that it’s not His plan for us to be together.’ I was like, ‘He didn’t tell me that!’ I took it really bad.” Sam found solace in drinking. During his gap year after high school, he began clubbing, eventually pushing boundaries by experimenting with drugs like ecstasy. “I wasn’t happy. I knew something was wrong,” says Sam.

Sam began to recognise his sensual life of lust and drugs was eating him alive, and he could not break free. He says: “During the worship session I was on my knees and was crying; I was a mess. I knew something wasn’t right – something had to change. I remember surrendering my life to God.” From that moment the pleasures that consumed him lost power, and he began seeing victory over the sins that had plagued him.

The Change Inside of You

2 True, just talk to him like a friend.

Raised in a Christian family, he routinely went to Sunday School and youth group. However, when he started high school, he questioned the reality of God. By year 12 he was less interested in church, starting on a destructive path fuelled by the approval of friends and lust of the world.

AJ was there to listen, but strongly prompted Sam to make a decision about what he already knew to do. Sam checked out his first Student Life group meeting and was refreshed by people different from his friends. They were not trying to impress each other and talked about things that really mattered. Sam started attending church again.

3 False, salvation is a free gift given by grace alone, not good works.

hen Sam Burtt attended his first week of uni, he was not looking for a Christian group, in fact it was not on his radar at all.

4 False, rely on God’s promise not your fleeting feelings that change every moment.

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A Second Wind:

One CCCA Volunteer’s Story by Jennifer Lu

Overseas Opportunities Global Aid Network of Australia (GAiN) is a ministry of Campus Crusade, offering humanitarian aid and relief assistance. Normanton Aboriginal Mission     1st July – 10th July China Mission                            24th September – 8th October Thailand Medical Mission             27th December – 12th January 2012 Ministries for both professionals and lay people include – Medical ministry, Children Ministry, Intercessory/ Evangelism, Creative Arts & Worship ministry. Cost is approximately $3000 AUD inclusive of Airfare exiting Sydney, land costs & insurances (tax deductibility available). Training and orientation provided prior to departing, to include: »» Cultural Awareness »» Security Awareness »» Mock Clinic Training »» Personal Faith story & Evangelism Contact 0433 615 671 for further questions.

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hursday is usually the busiest day at the headquarters of Campus Crusade for Christ Australia (CCCA). Like any day, one after another amazing jobs are accomplished in order to support the many ministries under this international missionary organisation.

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Patti Robertson sits in front of her desktop with headphones on, making sure she hears every detail of the recording correctly. She has just finished transcribing an interview for the next TODAY magazine. Patti is a volunteer worker that comes into the office once a week. It’s her responsibility to make sure a myriad of jobs get completed – from scanning and filing to transcribing important interviews. Retired and a grandmother of six, Patti has thrown herself into volunteering for the last 10 years. “As you get older you have more time, and I don’t want to just be sitting at home doing nothing. A lot of my non-Christian friends encouraged me to play cards regularly, but I’d rather put my time into something more meaningful. I like to get up in the morning and think that I’m doing something that furthers the Kingdom and helps other people too.” Choosing to live a different life from most retired folks, Patti’s golden years seem to shine even brighter than when she was active in the workforce. At church, Patti is also involved in serving on the welcome team, a home group and even a prayer group. A year ago, God opened an opportunity for her to step into the heart of Campus Crusade in Mulgrave. “It’s a wonderful place to work. Everyone is very friendly. They always thank me for coming in, and I feel

like saying thanks right back, for letting me be a part of it all. I like the way the whole system works here. Everybody cares about one another like a big family, and their caring extends outside the office hours.” CCCA has many other volunteers whose service in an office or on the field helps heaps of people hear the gospel. Patti says, “For anyone who’s ever considered volunteering, just give it a go! It’s a great satisfaction at the end of the day.” If you would like to learn more about volunteering, contact Amanda.Ralston@ccca.org.au.


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Today 7,000 new Christians will ask for personal follow-up Will you answer two of these people?

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“I work full time and do Bible study in the school year. Being an online missionary… it is a joy seeing others respond…and seeing answers to prayer.” — Gemmel, married man “With a hectic life, being an online missionary is my time in the day to give to someone other than my family.” — Val, working mum “I have arthritic knees, so the projects I used to be involved in for the Lord’s work are no longer easy. However, I can sit at a computer, and answer questions from people around the world who want to know about Jesus. This is an incredibly rewarding ministry” — Helen, senior citizen

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ReliEf FloOds into QuEeNsland By Suan Lee Campbell and Jennifer Lu

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risbane experienced a nightmare, and as usual Australia’s worldrenowned mate-ship kicked in to respond. On 10 January, after weeks of non-stop rain, the arteries of Queensland’s waterways burst. A flash flood claimed 35 lives, forced the evacuation of thousands, and swept away cities and farms. In just a few days, the damage rose into the billions with the worst flooding in more than 35 years. More than 33,000 properties were damaged. Days later, Brisbane’s low-lying west side sat putrid and foul. At this point, our Campus Crusade for Christ Australia missionaries decided to cut short a conference to be part of the rescue work.

The closer the Campus Crusade missionaries got to the warehouse, the more they realised what they were about to experience. Debris lined the streets— years of work all undone by the flood. The volunteers fell silent. Inside the warehouse, products had split open, cooked under the tin roof by the sun’s heat, and left to rot like an open wound. The stench defies description. Mud, water, broken glass, and every Asian condiment imaginable painted the concrete floor like a slippery minefield. The Campus Crusade missionaries were undaunted; men and women with gloves and boots dove into the muck where no backhoe could muster. The enormity of the task was daunting, but after several hours the floor began to reappear. The nameless products that created the giant mound of chop suey disappeared. Workers felt sore and tired, but through this act of kindness they showed the love of Jesus to a hurting business owner.

A combined initiative between Sunshine Coast Daily and Sunbus brought the missionaries to Sumner Park, an industrial part of town. They were assigned to the wrecked warehouse of an Asian food importer and wholesaler who supplies hotels, restaurants and supermarkets. The crisis that ravaged the city caused the owner a loss of 12 trucks and five million dollars in food. The owner had no insurance to cover the destruction.

Uni Restoration Another group of Campus Crusade missionaries helped at Queensland University, removing bushes and other landscaping uprooted by the torrent. Others shoveled mud from roads and dug out benches in the park. Citizens regularly brought food and water for the volunteers, making sure they kept fuelled up. The volunteers ended the day with a prayer walk around the university grounds, asking the Lord to reveal to survivors their great need for a Saviour.


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Our Core Values »» Bold faith

»» Fulfilling the Great Commission »» Effectiveness and innovation »» Community and interdependence

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

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here are many good ministries, but precious few real movements. Ministries that connect with the lost, win people to Jesus, and build up believers are great. However, true multiplying movements are even better – those which equip workers and appoint and release multiplying leaders into the harvest field. To fill this need, Campus Crusade for Christ Australia recently birthed their newest initiative called Movement Builders. Movement Builders comprises a community of leaders around Australia who desire to see spiritual multiplication grow throughout this nation and beyond.

Matt 28:19 NIV

“Whether an emerging leader or a veteran, Movement Builders will challenge you.” – Bill Hodgson The primary methodology equips these leaders with movementbuilding skills through a concept called SHIFT:m2M. The “m2M” stands for ministry to movement. Through SHIFT:m2M a relational learning environment occurs, using the gospel accounts of Jesus’ ministry. Participants are invited to engage with other leaders while immersing themselves in Christ’s life and ministry. All the while, a facilitator helps attendees wrestle

with the realities of movement building in the context of life and ministry. Recently, Northside Community Church in Sydney, experienced a paradigm shift when their focus changed to discipleship. Sam Haddon, Associate Pastor (photo: far left) says “There’s a lot of talk out there, heaps of books trying to tell you how to do it right. But I really appreciated how Shift:m2M didn’t threaten or impose upon our church’s goals, it enhanced. I was able to implement this in a practical way in our youth ministry. It’s transformed our perspective away from just program-oriented ministry to a youth movement.” SHIFT:m2M involves four retreats over 15 months with a small group of 10-15 people who are leaders and mission practitioners. They form accountability for each other as they study the life of Jesus (50 studies with supplemental podcasts). Participants specifically learn how Jesus made disciples who could make more disciples. SHIFT:m2M is ideal for: »» »» »» »» »»

Pastors Youth leaders Denominational leaders Church Planters Christian leaders in a secular workforce

CCCA is offering Taste & See Day Conferences open to anyone wishing to learn more before committing to the full course. Full details can be found on the CCCA Movement Builders website (www.movementbuilders.com.au).

Sam continues, “It was a true retreat for me, with some downtime to do meals together, bushwalks and even a little footy.” While not an effort to prescribe a model of doing ministry, it is a journey to discover the foundation of what Christ is calling leaders to be and what efforts He asks leaders to build into as His followers. Facilitator Bill Hodgson says, “Whether an emerging leader or a veteran, Movement Builders will challenge you.”

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Avoiding Ministry Burnout

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The Ecstasy of Christ

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From the Editor No man is an island. I have learned I need to surround myself with godly people. It is biblical and without it, we become a bit peculiar. Although the world tries to make us believe the opposite, we desperately need each other. True, outward-focused community – like the early church in Acts chapter 2 – can be revolutionary. In my own life, biblical community keeps me from going askew in my doctrine, values, priorities, ministry and more. When I allow others to speak into my life, it prevents me from getting a bit off.

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” (Romans 12:10, New International Version) True community is some of what you will find in this issue of TODAY. Many of these stories seem to carry a common connection to Christian fellowship in some way. It is this strategic avoidance of isolation that helps grow us in our Christian journey. I love this about the koinonia I see within Campus Crusade for Christ Australia. Whether it is a community of year 10 kids or uni students, families or church congregations, athletes or mission teams, all have one thing in common: Christcentered community. This issue of TODAY just scratches the surface of how God uses biblical kinship to reach our world. So what does radical community look like in Australia? I invite you to explore that question with us. — Tez, Editor

MINISTRY LEADERS International President Stephen B. Douglass

TODAY Magazine Issue 12 – May 2011 Editor-in-Chief Tez Brooks Editors Kathryn Bickerton MaryBeth Berry Contributing Writers Gina Liu Grant Bickerton Jennifer Lu Suan Lee Campbell Tez Brooks Transcribers Patti Robertson Jennifer Lu Mailing List Manager John Bain Design and Production Classic Press TODAY Magazine is a publication of Campus Crusade for Christ Australia an interdenominational Christian parachurch movement committed to helping fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. Campus Crusade works together with churches and other Christian organizations to win, build, train and send individuals from all walks of life into dynamic spiritual growth and multiplication. For address changes or to submit a story for publication contact TODAY magazine Attention: Editor-in-Chief Unit 1–8 Anzed Court Mulgrave, VIC 3170 Australia Or TODAYeditor@ccca.org.au

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JONO: “I guess this photo of the railroad track reminds me of God because it’s so straight and narrow. Besides, the tracks look rigid and cold. That’s my impression of religion and God.” GEOFF: “Yeah? Tell me more about that.” Later GEOFF: “I like this photo of the burnt out candle. It reminds me of what I was like before I had a relationship with God.” JONO: “Hmmm. What do you mean by, relationship’?”

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Our Mission Launching spiritual movements by winning, building and sending Christcentred multiplying disciples.

Check It Out First

Our Vision

Our Core Values »» Bold faith

»» Fulfilling the Great Commission »» Effectiveness and innovation »» Community and interdependence

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

true stories from next door and around the world

One-day sessions are available around Australia to help you explore the possibility of longer commitment.

To see spiritual movements everywhere so that everyone knows someone who truly follows Jesus.

»» Christlike character

Print post approved PP326342/00103

Campus Crusade AnNounces New IniTiative

MAY 2011

T

here are many good ministries, but precious few real movements. Ministries that connect with the lost, win people to Jesus, and build up believers are great. However, true multiplying movements are even better – those which equip workers and appoint and release multiplying leaders into the harvest field. To fill this need, Campus Crusade for Christ Australia recently birthed their newest initiative called Movement Builders. Movement Builders comprises a community of leaders around Australia who desire to see spiritual multiplication grow throughout this nation and beyond.

Matt 28:19 NIV

“Whether an emerging leader or a veteran, Movement Builders will challenge you.” – Bill Hodgson The primary methodology equips these leaders with movementbuilding skills through a concept called SHIFT:m2M. The “m2M” stands for ministry to movement. Through SHIFT:m2M a relational learning environment occurs, using the gospel accounts of Jesus’ ministry. Participants are invited to engage with other leaders while immersing themselves in Christ’s life and ministry. All the while, a facilitator helps attendees wrestle

with the realities of movement building in the context of life and ministry. Recently, Northside Community Church in Sydney, experienced a paradigm shift when their focus changed to discipleship. Sam Haddon, Associate Pastor (photo: far left) says “There’s a lot of talk out there, heaps of books trying to tell you how to do it right. But I really appreciated how Shift:m2M didn’t threaten or impose upon our church’s goals, it enhanced. I was able to implement this in a practical way in our youth ministry. It’s transformed our perspective away from just program-oriented ministry to a youth movement.” SHIFT:m2M involves four retreats over 15 months with a small group of 10-15 people who are leaders and mission practitioners. They form accountability for each other as they study the life of Jesus (50 studies with supplemental podcasts). Participants specifically learn how Jesus made disciples who could make more disciples. SHIFT:m2M is ideal for: »» »» »» »» »»

Pastors Youth leaders Denominational leaders Church Planters Christian leaders in a secular workforce

CCCA is offering Taste & See Day Conferences open to anyone wishing to learn more before committing to the full course. Full details can be found on the CCCA Movement Builders website (www.movementbuilders.com.au).

Sam continues, “It was a true retreat for me, with some downtime to do meals together, bushwalks and even a little footy.” While not an effort to prescribe a model of doing ministry, it is a journey to discover the foundation of what Christ is calling leaders to be and what efforts He asks leaders to build into as His followers. Facilitator Bill Hodgson says, “Whether an emerging leader or a veteran, Movement Builders will challenge you.”

true stories from nearby and around th

The Move to Short Film Evangelism

Avoiding Ministry Burnout

Page 4

The Ecstasy of Christ

Page 6

Lighting the Way Page 8

Deliver Me from Evil Page 10 Page 11

Relief Floods into QLD Page 14

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