I’m a new leader (started in 2018) in Christian Surfers at Stanwell Park NSW. It’s so good. Me and the 8 other leaders are like a little family minus the parents - so it’s always fun. But we keep it real. Being accountable, God centred and loving, are a few things that we aim to do as CS leaders - on Wednesday nights when a million high energy gromits show up - and in our normal lives. 

I heard about National Gathering and got hyped. Pretty much hoping for a bunch of people who liked to do the same things as me and live for the same King as me - I wasn’t let down. I made friends for life! From all over Australia! The crew on it was like this: chill, loving, welcoming, encouraging, and all the other good things that God blesses us with as we follow in his plan.

This mountain-top experience was made complete by the love and community that everyone shared, the challenging and highly emotive talks by Jono, and the waves, but most of all Gods clear presence - He did incredible things in Philip Island that weekend. Ask someone who went and they will surely tell you of something amazing. 

I was able to take all the love and joy I experienced and bring it back to my fellow leaders who couldn’t make it, and all the grommies who come every week to CS. 

There’s every reason to make CS national gathering 2020! Yewwwww

- Blake (Stanwell Park)



When I was first told the theme of conference (Own it) I took some time to think about how this looks. The three topics that came out of my pondering on “Own it” were

Beginnings: both CS and personal

Simple Gospel

I will go

I wanted to focus intentionally on the beginnings of our personal faith as Easter is a great time to reflect on this. The beginnings of CS in Australia is a great testimony of God stirring a small group of late teens to embark out to form CS. The desire is wonderful and truly inspiring. Today CS is an international movement. ‘Every surfer in every surfing community has the opportunity to know and follow Jesus.’

My second session was about the simple gospel, about being aware of a changing environment here in Australia, where society might be preaching a message of the irrelevance of Christianity but individually people are seeking, many knowing that there must be ‘more than this’. I challenged us to not be intimidated by culture but to come back sharing the simplicity of the gospel and stripping away the superficial.

My last session, ‘I will go’ really looked at not allowing our circumstances to prevent us sharing the gospel but rather seeing the importance of our daily lives in providing opportunities to share the love of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

For me the Sunday dawn service and baptisms were a highlight and such a powerful proclamation.

Bless ya. Mark J.

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