Dean of Sydney Kanishka Raffel says it’s now difficult if not impossible for people to be Christian, respectable and successful, and yet so many of our people are used to being all three of these.
Kanishka says church leaders today face significant external and internal pressures today, in the new era post Same Sex Marriage, post George Pell’s conviction and post the Royal Commission into abuse in churches.
Kanishka reminds us this cultural shift is not new for Christians, in parts of Egypt the word for Christian is ‘garbage collector.’ But it’s a massive cultural change for us in the west.
He calls on us to refocus on 2Timothy 3-4 and Preach the word, in and out of season. Reminding us that it never feels like the right time to speak, but we need to summon up our courage do that.
How do we demonstrate our conviction of the sufficiency of God’s word?
How do you prioritise what you do as a church leader?
How do you keep your preaching from being predictable, formulaic or dull?
How do we lead a team, when there are so many team bust ups these days?