Warrambui Retreat and Conference Centre near Canberra has run a volunteer internship program for young people from around Australia for more than 30 years. But in 2023, the Lutheran camping ministry program became cross-cultural, welcoming its first participants from Papua New Guinea.
At its October 2023 meeting, the General Church Board agreed to make some important changes to Child Safety Standards submission timelines. The next round of Child Safety Plans will now be due in 2025.
More than 90 per cent of Australian congregations have submitted either a Child Safety Plan or an assurance that they have no children in regular attendance, indicating that they are embracing their child safety responsibilities. The next step is to ensure plans are implemented and reviewed.
The 2023 Local Mission appeal focuses on supporting our young people in finding their leadership potential within our church. In a recent episode of the LCANZ’s Laudio podcast, ‘Young leaders – our hope and joy’, we heard from Elsa and Joel, two young adults using their gifts in their churches.
As I write these words, I suspect I’m talking to people closer to 60 than 20, and (like me) you long to see young people return to faith. We are faced with a ‘mission’ that calls us (older ones) to cross the generational divide and inspire the next generation. So, let’s unpack this challenge.