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NCCA | Safe Church Program National Coordinator Position Available

Mitchell Salmon  |  18/09/2017 4:15:09 PM

The National Council of Churches in Australia are looking for someone to fill a full time permanent position as the National Coordinator of the Safe Church Program.

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New Child Safety Requirements for Victorian Churches Now In Effect

Mitchell Salmon  |  31/08/2017 9:49:34 AM

Victorian Affiliates are advised that they have a new legal obligation to ensure the safety of children in their care. Under the new duty, organisations are required to...

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Veta | Some Great News From Veta Youth!

Mitchell Salmon  |  30/08/2017 2:11:05 PM

Enrolments for Veta Morphus are now open for 2018, for Veta Neo, a program for teenagers in years 7 to 10!

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Changes to the Administration of ChildSafe from 1 Jan 2018

Mitchell Salmon  |  27/07/2017 4:35:40 PM

Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania (CCVT) aims to support all our Affiliates to be communities of hope and compassion that are safe places for everyone.  

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Regional Conversations | Affinity:2

Mitchell Salmon  |  29/06/2017 5:28:52 PM

All Ministers, Elders, and other Leaders of Communities of Hope and Compassion affiliated with CCVT are invted to join one of the 2017 Regional Conversations. The focus of this year’s round of Regional Conversations will be Affinity:2. Regional Conversation participants will have an opportu...

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Veta Morphus | Now's The Time To Plan For 2018

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/06/2017 12:46:06 PM

On the first weekend of March ths year, 110 VCE students and thirty leaders from across Victoria gathered together in Creswick to study the Bible and plan for a year of spiritual challenge and growth. In May they came together again, this time in the city to explore mission in urban contexts.&nbs...

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Capering with Care

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/06/2017 12:23:37 PM

If you visited the Shepparton Church of Christ hall on a Tuesday morning, you might be forgiven for thinking that the group meeting there are just a bunch of old codgers who sit around “doing nothin’”. But this could not be further from the truth. What may look like a quiet get-...

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Animate Summit | Activating Communities of Hope and Compassion

Mitchell Salmon  |  10/05/2017 2:05:11 PM

Dr Andrew Menzies, Principal of Stirling Theological College, delivered a keynote address at Animate Summit on the topic of 'Activating Communities of Hope and Compassion.' You can download his address and notes here.

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Animate Summit | Paul Cameron's Reflections

Mitchell Salmon  |  10/05/2017 1:46:05 PM

It all started on a whiteboard, in one of the meeting rooms at Fairfield, late last year. Six months later the 2017 CCVT Animate Summit is ‘done and dusted’. Looking back, we pretty much fulfilled the hopes and aspirations rather messily sketched out on that whiteboard.

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Announcement from CCVT EO Paul Cameron

Mitchell Salmon  |  10/05/2017 10:51:24 AM

In August 2003, I commenced as Executive Officer of Churches of Christ in Vic/Tas. I am now well into my third five-year term... How time flies! And, what an amazing privilege to be in the conversation in this way.

At last Saturday’s CCVT Inc AGM, the Board and I announced that I ...

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Animate Summit | Affiliation

Mitchell Salmon  |  10/05/2017 10:47:39 AM

At the CCVT AGM on Saturday May 6, The Church Next Door was welcomed as an affiliated church with CCVT.

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CCVT Seed Funding Applications Open

Mitchell Salmon  |  9/05/2017 10:51:19 AM

Seed Funding Applications for grants of $2 500 or $5 000 for CCVT affiliated Communities of Hope and Compassion are now open for the duration of May.

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Animate Summit | State of CCVT

Mitchell Salmon  |  8/05/2017 4:30:25 PM

The State of CCVT Address is delivered annually by the Executive Officer to summarise the last year of development of our movement, and explores the potential of what God is calling us, as a movement, into.

The State of CCVT Address was delivered by CCVT EO Paul Cameron on May 6 2017 as...

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Animate Summit | 2017 Warmbrunn Address

Mitchell Salmon  |  8/05/2017 4:03:24 PM

On Saturday May 6, Dr Andrew Menzies, Principal of Stirling Theological College, delivered the Warmbrunn Address to those assembled at the 2017 Animate Summit and CCVT Inc AGM.

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CCVT 2017 Annual Report

Mitchell Salmon  |  7/04/2017 1:05:52 PM

Stories and statistics from 2016.

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Changes to WWCC

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/04/2017 3:41:57 PM

Amendments have been made to the Working with Children Check Act 2005 ('the Act') following recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

This is a good thing as these amendments make it e...

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GMP | Marketing Manager Position Available

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/04/2017 10:48:01 AM

Come and join the dynamic team at GMP’s Melbourne office and lead us in developing new and creative ways to present the stories of GMP’s partners to churches and supporters. You will be part of the GMP Communications Team in the development and implementation of our communication stra...

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Selfie Sunday | Meet, Pray, Learn

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/04/2017 10:20:32 AM

The Selfie Sunday website is now live! Thanks to all the churches who participated in Selfie Sunday last year. You are a part of our growing shared celebration of local Churches of Christ churches. Check out your church profile, and other church pr...

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Stop The Traffik Easter Choices

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/04/2017 10:09:08 AM

For ten years, Stop the Traffik has been asking chocolate manufacutors to take action to prevent the use of child labour and slavery in their cocoa supply chains. 

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Easter Day

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/04/2017 9:41:44 AM

It’s Easter time. Most of us know the story.

We think back to Good Friday; of God’s love expressed in the death of his son, Jesus. We think about the day in between: The desolate waiting, the bleak tension, Saturday.

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Good Friday

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/04/2017 9:27:14 AM

My guess is many of us have heard these words before: "God so loved the world that he gave his only son." Good Friday tells the story of the greatest gift of all.

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Missional Children’s Ministry Learning Cohort

Mitchell Salmon  |  4/04/2017 10:20:52 AM

Join a cohort of leaders and teams to collaborate, experiment, share, reflect, learn, and adapt in the vital area of children and families mission.

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The Art of Neighbouring

Mitchell Salmon  |  4/04/2017 9:53:16 AM

The Art of Neighbouring is a series of creative workshops about being an adaptive missional presence in your neighbourhood, for leaders of churches and agencies within CCVT.

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Position Available | Administration/Personal Assistant

Mitchell Salmon  |  29/03/2017 4:20:21 PM

Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania is an organisation that provides services for a network of 130+ churches and agencies throughout the two states. We are committed to doing better at building Communities of Hope and Compassion and developing Leaders to lead them. 

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Animate Summit | Electives

Mitchell Salmon  |  21/03/2017 3:23:25 PM

As part of Animate Summit, CCVT is offering a selection of workshops for leaders on Thursday May 4. These workshops are training opportunities for ministers, elders, volunteers, and all leaders in Communities of Hope and Compassion. 

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Churches of Christ and Kids Hope Australia: A New Alliance

Mitchell Salmon  |  20/03/2017 10:35:34 AM

Kids Hope Australia (KHA) is the largest early intervention, school-based mentoring program in the country. Since 2004 thousands of disadvantaged children have been matched with mentors in primary schools. These caring relationships have a significant impact on children, helping meet their emotio...

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St Kilda Gatehouse | 25 Years

Mitchell Salmon  |  14/03/2017 11:33:56 AM

On International Women’s Day, St Kilda Gatehouse had its first 25th Anniversary event. Attended by over 100 people, this event was an opportunity to thank many individuals who had been involved in the organisation.

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GMP | Introducing Sam Curkpatrick

Mitchell Salmon  |  28/02/2017 1:21:31 PM

Australian Churches of Christ Global Mission Partners understands that mission begins in partnership with local people. This means they focus on linking Churches of Christ communities in Australia with churches and agencies overseas, and in Indigenous Australia.

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Global Gathering Of Churches Of Christ (World Convention), India

Mitchell Salmon  |  9/02/2017 9:43:20 AM

Having the Global Gathering in India where less than 3% of the population are Christians was a bold move. The venue was to have been Delhi but bureaucratic government regulations and the increased costs were beyond the finances of the local churches, so the venue was changed to Damoh late in Sept...

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Selfie Sunday

Mitchell Salmon  |  22/11/2016 9:45:28 AM

If your church hasn’t been involved in Selfie Sunday yet, it’s not too late! Upcoming Christmas celebrations provide a great opportunity to take a photo of your church community. It also gives the change to photograph pre-Christmas activities going on during the week.

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CMA | Q4

Mitchell Salmon  |  2/11/2016 4:55:04 PM

CMA (Christian Ministry Advancement) is launching a new initiative called Q4Connection. The purpose of Q4, which stands for the fourth quarter, is to equip Australian Christians to impact their world for God’s kingdom in the next phase of life. 

Average life expectancy for Au...

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GMP | Lives Changed by Great Gifts

Mitchell Salmon  |  27/10/2016 3:27:08 PM

Over the years you have chosen gifts from the COCOA (Churches of Christ Overseas Aid) Great Gifts catalogue that change lives and communities—improving health and sanitation, providing access to safe water, supporting community development, education and livelihood initiatives. Gifts like t...

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St Kilda Gatehouse | YWP Manager Position Available

Mitchell Salmon  |  27/10/2016 10:12:13 AM

St Kilda Gatehouse is seeking an experienced and creative manager to grow and strengthen the Young Women’s Project (YWP) based in Dandenong. YWP program plays a vital role in supporting girls and young women between 12 and 25 at risk of or affected by Commercial Sexual Exploitation. The YWP...

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Expressions of Interest: Safe Places Coordinator

Mitchell Salmon  |  12/10/2016 3:55:06 PM

CCVT has initiated a new Safe Places Coordinator role and we are seeking Expressions of Interest from people interested in the role that will contribute to an important culture change within and beyond CCVT.

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2016 Census

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/10/2016 4:13:32 PM

The annual Census for affiliated churches and agencies will be distributed in early October, and is due back to CCVT by the end of November. We explore a range of important topics in this Census and look forward to timely and complete responses to help us best prepare into and throughout 2017 so ...

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GMP | When We Take Action, Lives Are Changed

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/10/2016 1:21:17 PM

Safe Water September is a time of reflection for us, and all those involved, about the devastating effects that unsafe water has on communities. It reminds us how privileged we are to have access to safe water.

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Agency Profile: Veta Youth

Mitchell Salmon  |  29/09/2016 2:22:36 PM

In 2003 a small group of Christian leaders, frustrated by limited opportunities for Christian growth for young people, set out to raise up a generation who would act as the hands and feet of Jesus, demonstrating his love in every area of life.  The result was Vetamorphus, a year-long discipl...

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Selfie Sunday FAQs

Mitchell Salmon  |  28/09/2016 2:51:23 PM

Selfie Sunday is coming up this October. All the information can be found at selfiesunday.org.au, but if you have any further questions about this Australia-wide family portrait you might find the answer below.

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From Catatonic To Catalytic

Mitchell Salmon  |  25/08/2016 12:10:04 PM

The word catatonic is defined as "immobile or unresponsive stupor". While we might describe the physical state of the paralytic man in that way, Luke’s gospel account of Jesus’ dramatic healing draws more attention to the ‘catatonic’ natu...

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ASN | Stories of Refuge

Mitchell Salmon  |  22/08/2016 10:40:49 AM

During Refugee Week in June the CCVT Asylum Seeker Network held a “Stories of Refuge” dinner at Now and Not Yet Café in Warrandyte. This was a wonderful evening of sharing delicious food cooked by Tamil Feasts, engaging in conversation together as well as hearing from those who have s...

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The Edition vol 1 issue 3

Mitchell Salmon  |  26/07/2016 1:27:30 PM

A new issue of CCVT's new digital magazine The Edition is now available. This issue explores the topic of leadership in church communities and the neighbourhood. It can be read online or downloaded for reading on your favourite smart device.

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Living Faith Church | We Can Do More Together Than We Can Apart

Mitchell Salmon  |  14/07/2016 4:36:40 PM

A vibrant ten years of outreach and adventure was celebrated on Sunday July 10 by Living Faith Church, Greensborough (an innovative co-operation of the Uniting Church and Churches of Christ).

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Grants for Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania

Mitchell Salmon  |  21/06/2016 12:58:16 PM

Thanks to the sponsorship of CCVT, grants will be awarded in 2016 to Churches of Christ employing ministry students who are studying at Stirling. The grants contribute to the work of forming future leaders and ministers by Churches of Christ Vic/Tas.

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2016 Regional Conversations

Mitchell Salmon  |  15/06/2016 2:51:57 PM

Just a quick reminder that we are planning more Regional Conversations later in the year to continue exploring how God is shaping our movement into a Renewal Movement.

Conversation themes for this year will based on the findings of the Safe Places Review, and also reflections around Aff...

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CCVT Inc Board Update

Mitchell Salmon  |  15/06/2016 2:45:13 PM

The newly elected CCVT Board had its initial meeting early in June. One of its first task was to elect office bearers. Milton Oliver (Roxburgh Park/Wallan) was elected Chair and Loris McLean (Living Faith, Greensborough) was elected Deputy Chair.

The Board also approved the formation of...

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'Story of Legend', Sir Doug Nicholls

Mitchell Salmon  |  27/05/2016 6:07:27 PM

As we continue to reflect on Reconciliation Week, we highlight the invaluable contributions to mission and ministry made by Sir Doug Nicholls, a true Indigenous Australian Legend.

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Affiliation of CiTiGATE Church

Mitchell Salmon  |  19/05/2016 3:56:47 PM

We are pleased to confirm the affiliation of CiTiGATE Church, as approved by the CCVT Inc Annual General Meeting on May 14.

CiTiGATE Church commenced in early 2008 in the lounge room of the church planters, Michael and Janet Sim. In July that year the church was launched formally, ...

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CCVT Inc Board Election

Mitchell Salmon  |  19/05/2016 3:49:59 PM

It is with great pleasure that we announce the election of the inaugural CCVT Inc Board. This follows the election process that was part of the 2016 Annual General Meeting on May 14.

As has been described elsewhere, the Board is a skills- and mission-based group who have the role of bei...

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INTO Summit Wrap Up

Mitchell Salmon  |  19/05/2016 3:28:11 PM

Thanks for joining us at INTO Summit. All of us were able to learn new things about being INTO God, INTO Learning, and INTO Neighbourhood. The anecdotal feedback at the Summit has been really positive. You will see below an opportunity to give us more detailed feedback, and we encourage you to sh...

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New Recommended Minimum Remuneration For People In Ministry

Mitchell Salmon  |  16/05/2016 3:45:42 PM

All Ministers, Administrators, and Treasurers should become aware of the 2016 update to the Minimum Remuneration For People In Ministry.

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Disability Inclusion Resolution

Mitchell Salmon  |  16/05/2016 1:29:56 PM

As a result of the Renewal Challenge process, CCVT has indicated its commitment to be doing better at building Communities of Hope and Compassion, and Developing Leaders to lead them. As discussed elsewhere, this includes ensuring that our locations of ministry and mission are safe places for all...

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Greeves St Recycled

Mitchell Salmon  |  4/05/2016 2:11:43 PM

St Kilda Gatehouse is looking to become more sustainable into the future by opening a boutique op-shop called Greeves St. Recycled. Greeves St. Recycled welcomes good quality donations of clothing, vintage and unique homewares, books, etc.

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Port Arthur

Mitchell Salmon  |  28/04/2016 4:03:47 PM

It was 20 years ago today that the tragedy that we remember as Port Arthur occurred. This reflection was written by Kylie Tonkin. Kylie and her husband Andrew and family are part of Mildura church, where Andrew leads the ministry team. This is a powerful story of providing hope and compassion in ...

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Agency Profile: Lifekeys

Mitchell Salmon  |  27/04/2016 5:03:20 PM

Careforce Lifekeys is an affiliated mission agency of CCVT. Lifekeys was founded at Careforce church in 1992 and has had a worldwide impact, including a significant impact in Russia in recent years.

Five of the Lifekeys courses have been translated into Russian and are being shared all ...

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Into Their World

Mitchell Salmon  |  13/04/2016 5:03:12 PM

During my time as a youth pastor I constantly battled with the question of ‘schools ministry’. I found that everyone had an opinion; some said that the only way to grow your youth group was to be in the schools, and others said that you shouldn’t spend your time in the schools b...

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Royal Commission into Family Violence Report

Mitchell Salmon  |  13/04/2016 3:52:09 PM

The Royal Commission into Family Violence has made its finding available to the public in an extensive series of documents, including recommendations of programs and improvements to be made to existing systems. Of particular note to Communities of Hope and Compassion is vol V, section 29 of ...

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Sanctuary Update

Mitchell Salmon  |  13/04/2016 1:07:15 PM

For those wishing to engage further with the Sanctuary movement in response to the Federal Government’s treatment of people seeking asylum, the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce is maintaining a database of church communities that have extended an offer of sanctuary to people seeking as...

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The Poison of the Pokie Industry

Mitchell Salmon  |  11/04/2016 12:10:46 PM

From Tim Costello, Chair of the Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce.

As a Christian, I am profoundly saddened by how poker machines target society’s most vulnerable and ruin lives, and feel compelled to make a stand to see an end to this injustice. This is why Com...

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I’ve Always Wanted To Be An Eagle

Mitchell Salmon  |  7/04/2016 4:59:47 PM

The Walpiri of central Australia have a saying about the wedge tail eagle (or Warlawurru). To be a good hunter like the eagle, you must be a silent hunter… quiet, a great listener, able to hear and observe what’s going on around you before making a move.

In the Walpiri way ...

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A Body Of Misfits

Mitchell Salmon  |  4/04/2016 4:56:05 PM

We were on holidays in Queensland when the official job offer to be Co-Leader of YV Vic/Tas came through. Two days before Christmas we spoke to a real estate agent and locked in a six month lease on a house that we hadn’t inspected and was scheduled to be demolished at the end of our lease....

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Agency Profile: Friends of Dismas

Mitchell Salmon  |  4/04/2016 10:08:22 AM

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still Sinners, Christ Died for us.” (Romans 5:8, ESV)

‘Dismas’ is the traditional name of the repentant thief mentioned in Luke 23: 40-43. What does Friends of Dismas stand for?

Friends of Dismas is a...

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Easter Sunday

Mitchell Salmon  |  27/03/2016 10:00:00 AM

Some gifts last; some don't. Chocolate, cheese or a fine dining experience last moments, but soon become a faded memory. Alternatively, a book, a watch or jewellery are lasting gifts that keep on giving.

It might seem strange to talk about gifts on Easter Sunday, but today completes...

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Good Friday

Mitchell Salmon  |  25/03/2016 10:00:00 AM

Sacrifice is a word we rarely hear. Sometimes on Anzac Day; or a faint echo, a memory or wistful imagining, at Easter.

It is said the greatest love is a person laying down their life for a friend. Sacrifice.

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Indonesia

Mitchell Salmon  |  11/03/2016 9:00:00 AM

Stirling Principal Andrew Menzies and CCVT EO Paul Cameron visited Indonesia in February. The visit included time in Jogjakarta with Paulus Trimanto Wibowo, and teaching a class of student church planters in Salatiga as well as meeting with ‘conference’ (or ‘Lemkersa’) lea...

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Horsham visit

Mitchell Salmon  |  10/03/2016 9:00:00 AM
Horsham church’s Ministry Team Leader Simon Risson invited CCVT staff to spend a day in early March with some of their key leaders and members. This gave the church a chance to gain an overview of the Renewal Challenge/Movement process, and to provide input via elective conversations. Philip K...
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Neighbourhood Engagement Catalysts

Mitchell Salmon  |  9/03/2016 3:49:11 PM
It is with real excitement and expectation that we welcome Gabriel and Catherine Hingley to a new Neighbourhood Engagement Catalyst role.
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CCVT Inc Board Members

Mitchell Salmon  |  9/03/2016 3:40:11 PM
All readers are invited to be prayerfully considering people who could be nominated to the incoming CCVT Inc Board. This is an important season for CCVT and discernment, prayer, and reflection are required to ensure the election of people God sees as best fitting the needs, skills, and opportunities...
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GMP Fiji Emergency Appeal

Mitchell Salmon  |  23/02/2016 12:10:27 PM

Cyclone Winston wreaked devastation upon the island nation of Fiji on Saturday 20 February. With wind gusts of over 300kmh, the Category 5 Cyclone was the worst recorded in the island nation’s history.

In response to this destruction, what is it that we can do?

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Media Release | Sanctuary

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/02/2016 3:00:00 PM
The Executive Officer of the Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania, Paul Cameron, today added his voice to the call by Anglican Primate, Archbishop Phillip Freier, for the Federal Government to change its “narrative on children in detention.”
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Melbourne Songlines Walking Tour

Mitchell Salmon  |  3/02/2016 11:48:42 AM
Part history tour, part prayer walk, and part cross culture learning experience, these tours offer an insight into local Indigenous history and culture.
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