Through 2018 a number of leaders from across the Uniting Church held prayerful conversations with the view of forming a new national network of evangelical leaders, congregations and agencies in the Uniting Church in Australia. For a considerable number of years many (not all) of us have been meeting together as part of the EL250 community (Evangelical Leaders of Congregations with average attendance over 250). EL250 was an informal and relational network. Propel Network will succeed and replace EL 250 as a broader based, still relational, as well as more formal network.
Propel Network seeks to be a positive renewal movement within, and for the life and mission of the church.
In light of the significant pastoral and mission disruptions experienced in many places leading up to and since the decisions of the 15th Assembly of the Uniting Church, we believe it is critical that congregations, agencies, and leaders within and beyond the Uniting Church who hold to the historic, orthodox faith and mission actively and positively network together for mutual encouragement and resourcing – prayerfully, strategically and passionately pursuing the great commission.
By God’s grace, and with confident humility, Propel has the faith to envisage that by 2030 the Uniting Church is known across the nation for:
Conversion growth in and through its congregations, agencies and faith communities
It’s flourishing church planting and revitalization movement
A healthy pipeline of young leaders from many cultures being effectively developed for missional engagement
Its confidence in the gospel of Jesus Christ to transform lives and communities.
The Propel Network will be:
The current members of the Propel Network Steering Group:
Adam has served as Lead Pastor of Real Life Christian Church, based in Logan City - Queensland, for 4 years. Married to Clare, Adam has 18 years of Pastoral Leadership experience and has served as a Youth and Young Adults Pastor, Executive Pastor, School Chaplain and Lead Pastor in large suburban and small rural contexts and is passionate about leadership development and establishing mission-minded, disciple-making leaders who reproduce the same.
Andy and Steph serve as Senior Co Pastors of Journey Uniting church in the north east of Adelaide. They have been there for 14 years. They have 3 adult children involved in faith and ministry. Journey UC was planted in 1987 and has planted several churches/campuses in the last 15 years with the most recent being a “restart” of Mallala Uniting Church in the rural fringe of Adelaide. We love the Lord and love people and believe a great local congregation gives more people more opportunity to know and follow Jesus.
Barry served 10 years in the outer northern suburbs of Adelaide developing strategies and ministries to enable growth in small regional towns from his base at Gawler Uniting Church a semi urban semi rural town. At the beginning of 2017 he started a new placement at Parafield Gardens Uniting Church and has focused on discipleship and leadership development and the replanting of Freedom Uniting Church at Paralowie. Barry is married to Kelly and has two married adult children with all four members being actively involved in pastoral ministry of different kinds. At the beginning of 2019 he became a grandparent for the first time.
Glen has been serving as Minister at Chapel Hill in Brisbane’s inner west since July 2013. He is passionate about the church having genuine, honest relationships and passionate about the church being people who point others to Jesus. His experiences in management and sales prior to entering the ministry, along with his 10 years at a large Uniting Church in Logan, have helped shape his belief that people matter to God, that the Church is incredibly relevant in society today, and that in Christ the best is yet to come.
Glen is married to Vikki and has two children (twins) who he says are some of the funniest people he knows…except while they are learning to drive.
Married to Sue, Stu has served as Lead Minister of Newlife Church for over 13 years. Newlife is based on the Gold Coast, has planted three more churches in south east Queensland with a vision to plant many more. Stu is married to Sue and they have two young adult kids, a very spoiled dog and a megalomaniac cat.