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2021 Ministry Practice Week

The God of all comfort: Ministry practice in hard times (2 Corinthians)

Over three days the SMBC full-time student body and lecturers, along with local and international guest speakers, enjoyed sermons, seminars, interviews, panel discussions, small group activities, poetry and song. 

These days were set aside to dive deep into the Scriptures and learn from others' experience – with the aim of growing understanding and skills in preaching and pastoring in the context of a broken world filled with suffering.

This event was part of the SMBC Centre for Preaching and Pastoral Ministry and was held at Marrickville Road Church.


Simon is the senior minister at Northbridge Anglican Church.

Kelly is Professor of Theological Studies at Covenant College, Georgia, U.S. and author of several books, including Embodied Hope: A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering.

Kirk is the Director of the SMBC Centre for Preaching and Pastoral Ministry and lectures in Old Testament at SMBC.

Several graduates of SMBC currently working in various pastoral and chaplaincy roles – Pip Russell, Peter Kerr, Red  Taylor, Pete Richie, Kristen Young, Sashi Grayndler, Rochelle Wainwright, Louise Groot and Christine Mar.


Sermon – 'Life and Glory' (2 Corinthians 2:12-3:18) – Simon Flinders
Songs – Grace Gayden
Poetry – Pierre Thielemans
Interview – Peter Kerr with Mark Adams
Seminar – 'Preaching with pastoral intent' – Simon Flinders
Reflection questions – small group discussion

Sermon – 'What can Paul teach us about ministry practice in hard times?' (2 Corinthians 6:3-13) – Kirk Patston
Interview – 'Chaplaincy and pastoral care in military contexts' – Red Taylor and Pete Richie with Pierre Thielemans
Seminar – 'How I minister in hard times' – Pip Russell
Panel discussion – 'How I minister God's comfort in community and home settings' – Kristen Young, Sashi Grayndler and Pip Russell with Jenny Salt
Interview –  'How I minister in hard times' – Rochelle Wainwright with Janet Riley
Panel Discussion – 'How I minister God's comfort in hospital and justice settings' – Louise Groot, Christine Mar and Rochelle Wainwright with Matt Vander Heiden
InterviewKelly Kapic with Kirk Patston and Jenny Salt

Sermon – 'Grace Sufficient' (2 Corinthians 12:1-10) - Simon Flinders
Q&A Session - Kelly Kapic with Kirk Patson and students
SongsRob Smith
Poetry – Pierre Thielemans
Seminar – 'The struggle of pain and suffering, and pastoral conversations' – Kirk Patston
Sample role plays  – various SMBC lecturers
Reflection questions – small group discussion


We are currently preparing the recordings of the conference to make them available at a small cost. They would be excellent and stimulating material for a ministry team retreat, or for individual use. We’ll make this available here when it's ready.

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