Friday, 15 September 2017

Commissioned in God's love

Written by Shane Gillard

Four newly commissioned Assembly leaders have been sent out into their ministry.

Rob Floyd, Sureka Goringe, Jannine Jackson and Leo Iosifidis received the charge from President Stuart McMillan surrounded by their colleagues, family and friends at Wesley Mission in Sydney.

After reflection on John 15:9-17 Mr McMillan urged them to continue to grow with God and bear the fruits of the Spirit in their own lives.

“It’s God’s love that grows and sustains the fruit in our lives and it’s God’s love that will sustain you in your ministry,” Mr McMillan said.

“Each of you have an important and vital leadership role in the Assembly, but nothing is more important for you to fulfil the role with excellence than your personal faith journey.”

Assembly General Secretary Colleen Geyer presided over the commissioning service.

Rob Floyd takes on the role of Associate General Secretary in the Assembly Resourcing Unit and said he was looking forward to working across the whole Uniting Church to transform lives and communities.

Dr Sureka Goringe will serve as the National Director of UnitingWorld with a strong commitment to stand alongside our Church partners in the Pacific, Asia and Africa.

“In UnitingWorld you get to hold a relationship on behalf of the Uniting Church, that has so much depth, breadth and history that is so far beyond one person,” Dr Goringe said.

Jannine Jackson said she was honoured and humbled to be commissioned as the National Director of Frontier Services.

“It is with great humility that I commit to doing the best I can to spread God’s love and help the people of inland Australia,” Ms Jackson said.

Leo Iosifidis moves into a new role as the Assembly’s National Director of Strategic Finance and Administration. He said he hopes to manage finances to enable the Church to continue God’s work and better serve our community.

The service included a moving rendition of Hallelujah by Mr Iosifidis’ daughter Melissa.