The latest from Harvest


27 July 2017

Amanda is one of our Tasmanian students who has fallen in love with Harvest. The busy life of a mum can make studying difficult. However Amanda, with her passion to serve God, chose our online study option and absolutely enjoyed it! That option fitted so perfectly with everything else going on in her life. Amanda…

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How to think well about contemporary ministry

24 July 2017

As a pastor of a small church in Melbourne, I am constantly thinking about what makes a good church and how my church can be a force for good in our community. Recently, the Holy Spirit gave me four key words to describe the church we should be: Connected: by building strong connections with each…

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Fun is not a Four-Letter Word

14 July 2017

There’s an old saying, ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’. As with many such quotes, there is wisdom behind these words. In contemporary Western society, it can seem like (or actually be) that we are driven and measured by our output and efficiency. Such a perspective can lead to attitudes that…

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Contradictory Trends in Today’s World

12 July 2017

When we look at what is happening in today’s world, and in Australia particularly, two starkly different trends stand out in relation to Christianity. First, Christianity is in trouble and under attack. Worldwide we see: A steady decline in church membership and attendance in all western countries, especially affecting the mainline Protestant denominations. A steady,…

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Role Model Motivation

22 June 2017

Jimmy is one of our Bachelor of Arts (Ministry) students. He wasn’t raised in a Christian family, so Bible College offers him an opportunity to connect with Christians from different backgrounds and cultures, and to learn from them. Jimmy has a wonderful ability to relate to people’s stories and meet them at their own level….

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Revelations of a pipe player

09 June 2017

Meet U-Wen, he’s our Head of Higher Education Content Development and a lecturer at Harvest Bible College. Which unit or subject are you teaching at Harvest? I teach mostly New Testament-related subjects—usually New Testament Survey, Eschatology and the Theology of the Future, and Revelation. The last two are usually with Jon Newton. What led you…

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Seeds of Life

05 June 2017

Well, autumn has officially just concluded, and I loved it. It’s a beautiful time that always reminds me of my wife, who is an alumnus of Harvest and whose Japanese name, ‘Aki’, translates to ‘Autumn’. Each year autumn forces us to face an extraordinary tension. As the landscape begins to suffer and die it does…

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Pastor’s reflections

22 May 2017

One of the regular features of the Journal of Contemporary Ministry is a pastoral reflection. This is where we invite experienced pastors to thoughtfully and incisively reflect on some of the insights they have gained over their years of pastoral ministry. In 2016, the pastoral reflection was written by Rohan Dredge, who has since resigned…

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Accountable Teams

18 May 2017

When teams talk about accountability, they might think of responsibility to the leader of the team, or to the wider leadership of the church or ministry. Perhaps they might even consider their accountability to their ‘target’ audience (for example, the recipients of their welfare work, or the worshippers they lead). However, another aspect of accountability…

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A Rare Talent

12 May 2017

Something that many of us would find tedious, Corinne loves with a passion: writing policies and procedures! She serves in the children’s ministry of her church by writing curricula. Corinne is very focused on her goal for the next 10 years, which is to gain enough qualifications and experience to teach at Bachelor level. She…

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