Friday 8 February at Bible House, Sydney the annual Christian editors gathering meets, this the third annual such meeting.
In 2017 it was combined with the Press Service International young writers “Brains Trust” meeting and last year it became a stand alone gathering.
Last year saw Rev Bob Thomas the editor of New Life chair the gathering and apart from identifying issues within and without the delegates editing ministries, there was serious discussion in establishing a day seminar on Christian publishing and writing.
Over the past three years those represented were
Eternity – John Sandeman
Dominic Steele - Christians in the Media
Liam Denny - Christians in the media
Graham McDonald - Diduno
Peter Bentley - Catalyst
Colman Chan - Chinese Christian
Bob Thomas - New Life
Sam Gillespie - Young writers
Mark Tronson - PSI
Sophia Sinclair - New Zealand
Natalie Chu - Christian Today
Eternity’s John Sandeman is planning 2019 for tomorrow. There is bound to be a segment on the proposed day seminar as described above, and that ‘One Day in Melbourne’ is scheduled for Saturday 10 August at Craigieburn Salvation Army Centre, the same as last year.
This will be the 4th One Day in Melbourne for mission IT communications personnel and with a fresh leadership team of Capt. Peter Brookshaw, David Goodwin and John Lemmon all of whom have spoken at previous One Day in Melbourne day seminars.
Sam Gillespie has taken the minutes of last year’s meeting - of which read in part:
- ‘smaller media’ focus - maybe run it as a workshop with people providing copies or links to their material in time for it to be looked at and then suggestions and discussion following - treating them as case studies. It would mean asking participants to send their material in. Maybe on the invite we could ask them what they want help with (and let us know in advance.).
This became a focus as last year the gathering heard an indepth account of Graham McDonald’s Diduno ministry from which he was invited to provide ‘copy’ to Press Service International for articles to be published in Christian Today. That has worked very well for everyone.
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/mark-tronson.html