Rev Dr Gordon Moyes The Superintendent Writes
A weekly column by Rev Dr Gordon Moyes, Superintendent of Wesley Mission.
August 6th, 2000

Throughout this week, Beverley and I have spent four days with thousands of delegates at the World Convention of Churches of Christ. They represent 130 nations. I had been a keynote speaker at a previous Convention in Canada. At a dinner attended by 800 Australians I was honoured for 21 years in Churches of Christ ministry and 21 years in Uniting Church ministry. Also in attendance at the Conference was Richard Menteith, General Manager, Corporate Services, who has just finished two years as President of the Conference of Churches of Christ in New South Wales.

We had a great time meeting up with people from our teenage years, from over 400 churches where I have conducted evangelistic crusades in Australia, New Zealand and other countries. We also met up with many young men and women who I encouraged into ministry and who are now in leadership positions. I also took advantage of the opportunity to thank people now old and long retired who made a contribution to our growth, including many people from overseas who we rarely see, but with who we hold a depth of friendship. Like Dr Robert Schuller in whose Crystal Cathedral I have spoken. He said, "I wish every church would die and be reborn as a Mission!" The Uniting Church in Australia President Prof. James Haire heard him say this and I hope he realises the significance of it.

We have taken a week's annual holidays to attend this conference. Two ministers from one church have only once delivered the prestigious Jessie Bader Lectures in evangelism: Rev. Dr. Alan Walker and myself. Once attendance at the World Conference of the Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational Churches was encouraged, but with the coming of the Uniting Church, many have discouraged this practise. This is a great loss. If you do not remember your heritage, you cannot be certain of your destiny. I am proud of my heritage, committed to my present ministry, and confident of my destiny in Christ.