New Frontiers: Redefining Christian Ministry in 21st Century Contexts

New Frontiers: Redefining Christian Ministry in 21st Century Contexts


Author: Jon K Newton
Publisher: Mosaic Resources
ISBN: 9781743240519
Format: Paperback
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In 2012, a small conference of practising ministers who are also academics and ministry students came together at Harvest Bible College, Melbourne, to wrestle with some of the issues of the new frontiers for Christian ministry. They started a conversation, addressing questions that included developments in women’s ministry, the concept of ordination, training ministers online and relating emotional intelligence to ministry ‘burnout.’ Together they discussed the developing focus of New Zealand Pentecostal churches as they seek to engage with their communities and shared ideas about reaching ‘Aussies’ in creative new ways. A group of masters level students contributed an insightful report on a study tour of effective ministries in the US, UK and China. The conference wrestled with issues of leadership and the place of teaching in the local church. This book is the result of their deliberations. New Frontiers contains more than theory! On the other hand, the insights contained here are also genuinely research-based, not just ‘tips from what I learned in practice’. This means that this book contains well-thought-through and workable insights for ministry. This book will help ministers and trainee ministers engage with some of the real theological and practical questions they cannot avoid if they desire to make a lasting and effective impact.


Dr Jon K Newton is an ordained Pentecostal minister with extensive experience in church planting, pastoral teams, Christian schools, missions ministry and Bible college training. His doctoral thesis at Deakin University was on ‘Postmodernism, Christianity and the Book of Revelation’. He currently serves as senior minister of Oasis Church, Melbourne, and as Head of Research and Biblical Studies at Harvest Bible College, Melbourne. Jon’s wife Judy is also a pastor, teacher and professional counsellor, and they have five adult children.


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