April 30, 2013 – One of the common critiques leveled at present-day Christianity is that it’s a religion full of hypocritical people. A new Barna Group study examines the degree to which this perception may be accurate. The study explores how well Christians seem to emulate the actions and attitudes of Jesus in [...]
Hi friends,  I have been privileged to work with the pastoral team at St. Martin’s Community Church Collingwood (10 am Sundays, cnr. Wellington and Otter Streets) from May 2012, and now continuing into 2013. John and Glena Smith, Cath McKinney, Shirley Osborne, Artie Shearman [...]
A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and other Servants (Upper Room, 1983) 1982-3 was the most difficult year of my professional life, recovering from a painful divorce from the church to which we had been called a year earlier.  But it was also the richest, spiritually. With no other pastoral interruptions, I prayed/read while [...]
[A little warning: sometimes the ads which appear above such articles as this one are, to say the least, suggestive. We do our best to cleanse our website of these: but Google ads are our only source of income. Thanks for your understanding!] (Introduction updated May 2013). “For every complex problem there is an answer [...]
DOM HELDER CAMARA My top three (male) heroes are Jesus of Nazareth, Dom Helder Camara, and Francis of Assisi, in that order… (He’s one of three 20th/21st century Catholic Archbishops I admire, each of whom chose slightly different routes in opposing violent regimes. The other two: Pope Francis, and Archbishop [...]
JOHN MARK MINISTRIES is a counseling, consulting, preaching, mentoring, seminar and writing ministry, especially for pastors, ex-pastors, church leaders and their spouses. Named after John Mark, the young first century apostle who 'bombed out' of ministry when it was hard, we try to help/encourage pastoral leaders - and others - who are also 'in transition' due to stress and burnout.
(Rev. Dr.) Rowland Croucher