Intriguing little factoid on late 19th century ministry fundraising:

β€œIn Christchurch, the congregation of St Andrew’s wrote home for a clever minister who was not only a good preacher… but capable of ‘giving an occasional week evening lecture on Astronomy, Geology, Natural History or other subjects of popular and instructive interest.’ Such lectures were very popular & often an important source of fundraising.”

Breward, History of the Churches in Australasia


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Mikey graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Arts in 2002. In 2000 he became one of the founding leaders of Crossroads Presbyterian Church where he was the lead pastor for 7 years from 2003.

Mikey now works as the Campus Director of the University Fellowship of Christians, University of Tasmania, Hobart. Mikey is the chairman of The Vision 100 Network (Tasmania) and a founding director of Geneva Push (national) – both church planting networks. He is also a chaplain at Jane Franklin Hall and the chairman of New Front Door: the Church IT Guild.

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