Last week I attended the Melbourne Diocese Ministry Conference, which meets every two years. The theme for these three days was ‘Ministry in the Asian Century’. Each of the speakers presented us with challenges as an Anglican Church in multi-cultural Australia. And the challenges for us as a nation located within Asia at a time when economic and social development is shifting the balance of power and influence to the Asian region.
How does the church minister in the midst of these significant shifts? What will the church look like given the phenomenal growth it is experiencing in these nations, and the contribution brought by Christians to our nation? How will we work together for the gospel and be shaped by those from such different ethnic and cultural backgrounds? Will we have the grace to change and work together and so see, in the life of our church, the vision that the Apostle John saw of God’s people in the end times - gathered together bringing Him their praise and worship?
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the lamb. They were wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God
who sits on the throne
and to the lamb.”
We live in a very multi-cultural city. I wonder: how will this reflect in our lives as God’s people here in Balwyn?