How a kid’s lunch can save your church

You could almost blink and miss it. A small boy offers up the five barley loaves and two fish packed for him as lunch so that Jesus might reveal to everyone who he really is. I recently had the privilege to share a message at my home church, Terrigal Uniting. Never one to miss an […]

GUEST POST | Our home group during COVID

Our “home group” has been meeting fortnightly in the same house for a while. We share a cuppa and some food, catch up on what’s happening, do a bible study of some sort and pray together. Back in March, like everything else, our group stopped meeting in response to the emerging pandemic. We met a […]

Saving your church from Young Adults – a HOWTO guide

The following post is a satirical, tongue-in-cheek look at “the church”. We know that no church intentionally excludes young people or anyone… and we know that sometimes the choices we make have an unintentional impact on others. The PULSE team acknowledge that there are many congregations who are working hard to love and encourage Young […]

3 questions every youth leader should ask themselves

A brand new podcast from the Fuller Youth Institute starts with a blinder of an ep. The new FYI on Youth Ministry pod from our friends at Fuller is a new podcast resource for people deep in the trenches with young people. In the first episode Kara Powell, co-author of Growing Young, talks about how […]

This is God’s work

This prayer came across my desk this morning and I felt it quietly summed up what I have been wanting to say to people for a while.. It was written by Thomas Merton who was a Trappist Monk from Kentucky who died 2 years before I was born. In this job I get the opportunity […]

Intergenerational Conversations with Pulse

Covid has been tough for ministry with Emerging Gen’s. Most people had thought we would be back to normal by now. As we continue in this time and perhaps “New Normal”, the Pulse team held conversations within Emerging Gen Leaders to share stories of how we continue to move forward during these, times. The Intergenerational […]

Emerging Gen COVID Update | 4th August 2020

COVID NOTICE! The latest advice regarding meeting for worship has been made available here. I have just had confirmation from Synod Executive that “not meeting for worship” extends to and includes other groups, playgroups, kids clubs and youth groups. If you must meet in a group that is essential the 4m2 rule applies, as well […]

Dear Richard

When we engage young people in full depth and breadth of our gathering you’ll be surprised how they want to encourage us. The congregation at Terrigal I’m a part of is taking the bold move in re-starting our gathered worship times, and we’ve been working towards weekly live-streaming of our services. This is a development […]

Jesus says: Let the Children come to me.

In Jesus time, the adults were very serious about their faith, children were secondary. Most of the time the adults were so busy being serious about their faith that they didn’t even notice what was going on with the children. Does this sound familiar? The last couple of months have been difficult, the church has […]

You are young. You are important.

I had the privilege of joining this terms Hill Zone Youth Night sharing a bit about myself, PULSE and a short talk. With a bit of reflecting, I think it is important to share my brief talk of encouragement with the wider community. To the young people of our communities, know that you are worthy. […]