5 minutes with Jo

Tell us a little about you For the past 9 years I’ve been the Senior Minister of C3 Reach Miranda in the southern suburbs of Sydney. This has been my home church for over 25 years. I’m a bi-vocational pastor and have my own business as a freelance voiceover artist which means you’ll often hear me on the other end of the phone when you call some of Australia’s largest companies! Until two years ago, I was also working as a lawyer for Anti-Slavery Australia in the area of forced marriage awareness and prevention. Earlier, I worked in other legal roles as well as a police officer with the Australian Federal Police and an investigator with ASIC. I’d describe myself as a perpetual student and hav

Why Women Need to Learn in Quietness and Submission

Not every Christian believes that I should be leading a ministry or that I should even be an ordained pastor. The church I grew up in believed that church leadership should always be male. The reason I am in ministry today was due to a number of God Conversations that called me to revisit on the interpretation of Scripture I’d grown up with. There were two verses in particular that stood out. I remember reading them as a 26-year-old when first contemplating my call. God’s voice had been clear, but those three sentences were not; “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit her to teach or have authority over a man. She. Must. Be. Silent” (1 Timothy 2:11-12). I

What Your Vacation Plans Say About Your Deepest Longings

Planning a holiday has got to be one of life's greatest joys. When life feels mundane, vacations give us something to look forward to. Holidays are adventures which we personally design to fulfil our longings. Some like food and wine jaunts, while others enjoy lots of scenery and immersing themselves in other cultures. Me? I love endless days lying somewhere peaceful with a good book in my hand (and someone by my side). Regardless of our preference, I believe our holiday hankerings reflect something deeper. They reveal our desire to escape into beauty. Beauty we don't normally witness in the everyday; Rest we don't normally experience; And inspiration that usually proves fleeting. Sometimes

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