Preaching Christ remains at the heart of the gospel mission. Moore College is committed to equipping those God sends to us to do that in a way that effectively connects the Bible and those who hear.
The John Chapman Preaching Initiative (JCPI), covering in-college preaching programs, preaching conferences and innovative preaching clinics, exists to facilitate this aim of developing young preachers and helping those already engaged in the task to improve what they do.
For the past two and a half years, JCPI has been strengthened by the involvement of the Rev. Simon Manchester. Simon’s fine preaching gifts and his long experience in pastoral ministry have enabled him to encourage others in biblical preaching that expounds the text and applies it directly to our lives as a disciples of Christ. We are grateful for the contribution Simon has been able to make.
In recent months, there has been an increased demand for Simon to participate in other preaching conferences that are reaching very diverse groups of people here in Australia and overseas. Simon is excited about these possibilities and believes both that this is a ministry that has arisen because of a specific need and that he is a person God might use to meet that need. However, in order to engage in that work, and the other things the Lord has given him to do since leaving full-time parish ministry, Simon will step back from being a Senior Mentor with the JCPI.
We want to enable Simon to make the most of the opportunity of this new conference ministry for the sake of a wider circle of Christian churches and ministries. Releasing Simon from his involvement as a Senior Mentor with the JCPI is one practical way we can do that. Of course, Simon remains a firm friend of the College and we commit ourselves to continue to pray for him (and for his wife Kathy) as he moves into this next stage of what has already been a very fruitful ministry. He has indicated that if any student would like help with a sermon or talk, then they should still feel free to contact him.
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