The Pastors’ Pen

Welcome to the Pastors’ Pen – and update for life at Southern Cross…

Last Sunday at Southern Cross Goonellabah (SCG) I made an announcement regarding a next step for the church plant following Matt stepping down as their pastor. 

The announcement was that Leadership Team (LT) has decided to organise a consultation around the future of SCG. Tim Dyer, along with his assistant Luke Morgan, will travel up from Tasmania to run a consultation with the people of SCG and especially with its leaders about the church and it’s future. Tim is very experienced in running church consultations and has worked with churches in similiar life stages to SCG. He was also involved in supporting our wider church and staff team after the floods earlier this year. 

Tim and Luke will gather information through one-on-one and group interviews across the weekend of February 11-12. Afterwards, Tim will prepare a report for LT to inform them as they seek to make a wise, godly, well-considered decision about the best way forward for Goonellabah. 

For those who are a part of SCG, please take the Summer to reflect on where SCG is at the moment, on its future going forwards, and on your own energy levels and desire. We value your thoughts and your participation in the upcoming consultation.

Also, during the period from now until LT receives the report from Tim and makes a decision about the next step, I am the person appointed by LT to facilitate the consultation process. Also, along with the assistance of Ian Coutts, I will oversee an SCG Coordination group of Steve Tilley, Brent and Eliza Faulkner and Wayne and Adelle Brooks. The coordination group will facilitate SCG’s Sunday gatherings. This doesn’t mean I’ll be taking over the role of SCG pastor or that I’ll be present at SCG each week, but it does mean I’ll be involved in helping SCG move forward through this next season. 

Please be bringing SCG before our God in prayer. Pray that God would provide an abundance of his guidance and care.


Please pray also for Matt and Sue. This Sunday the SCG church family will be praising God together for Matt and Sue’s ministry at a special thanksgiving gathering at Invercauld House. Please ask God that the time would be a deep encouragement for all involved and that he would provide refreshment and leading for Matt and Sue going forwards. 

Above all we must remember have a God who rules in love from his heavenly throne. We entrust ourselves, Matt and Sue, SCG and everything else into his hands. 

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