Central

Q+A with Bec Brown

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1. Who are you, and where are you from?

My name is Rebecca Brown – but everyone calls me Bec.

I am from Wamberal on the Central Coast of NSW, but I grew up in Normanhurst (north of Sydney - not on the beach)

2.How did you first get involved in Christian Surfers, and what is your role now?

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I first heard about Christian Surfers in 1984. My sister was seeing a guy from CS Maroubra. I got involved in 1985 through guys and girls in my local church who were in Central Coast Christian Surfers. Pete and I got married in 1986 and in 1987 we helped out as co-leaders of CS Central Coast. We went on the lead it from 1989-1992. We have stayed on in some capacity all these years, doing camps, treasurer … just hanging around and helping and supporting where we can. I am still treasurer and a bit of an “Old Salt”. This year I am keen to start a girls/womens Shaping Bay in our local region

3. How has Christian Surfers made a difference in your life?

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It’s had a massive effect. It’s a ministry where I get to serve God and do what I love … win win !! It’s almost too hard to put into words. It has shaped my life – I love the grass roots, rawness of it, the way it blends community and church. I think the thing I love the most is the impact it has been on my family, seeing them love it and grow up in it.


4. What do you value about CS Girls?

It gives the girls some space to move, be themselves and have their own identity. It was very male, grom orientated in the 80’s and to see CS girls today is such a treat. It’s multi-generational and multi- surfcraft!! It is making such an impact, but not at the expense of alienating themselves from the guys.

5. What would you say, to encourage girls who are keen to be involved in Christian Surfers?

It is such a great part of CS – I feel very privileged to remain in CS for so long and see it evolve through the years. Women’s surfing is so huge and Australian girls, like Steph Gilmore are such incredible ambassadors. CS Girls is such a great tool for reaching the surfing community... so get involved!! You can make such a difference!

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JUNE 19: Dave Lovell Q+A (CNSW)

Q. Where do you live & what's your local surf break / community?

We live in the Sutherland Shire Sydney. I serve with the Cronulla CS crew on the comp team. Surf at cronulla and support the Cronulla sharks (Everyone who visits comes to a game).

Q. Any recent significant relationship / family news?

Our at home family is shrinking and our extended family growing. Our second daughter Carly is getting married in July.

Q. What do you love about being a Regional Coordinator in CS?

I love my role because it links my love of God, the heart he has given me for people and my passion for surfing.

Q. How have you grown as a leader in your time within CS?

Yes I have grown as a leader, firstly in patience (leading surfers you need tonnes ,Ha). But mostly in service and inquiring of God first and foremost.

Q. What importance do you place on leadership within CS in your region? 

CS leadership is vital as it births vision, brings unity and strengthens mission. Good CS leadership serves, disciples and provides spiritual mentoring.

Q. What challenges do you face in your role?

Time is my biggest challenge, I have a fairly constant 60 hour week between work and CS commitments. On top of that family and home priorities. I have learnt that there is no equation between hours put in by me and what God can do I just need to be strategic and be guided by him. What I have seen Him do with faith and a willing heart is mind blowing.

Q. What are your current hopes and dreams for 2019 and beyond? 

Succession planning raising up the next generation of leadership.

Q. For those that would like to support you and your role - what do you need and how would their support make a difference? 

$5K a year would help me sponsor at least 2 young leaders a year to go to our Newswell leadership training school. Sponsor groms who can't afford to get to regional camp. Provide updated resources for the missions such as new  beach tents screen printed with CS logo etc. As well as assisting me with travel expenses to national team meetings and mission visits. At present I pay for everything out of what the Lords blesses me to earn.

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If you’d like to connect more with Dave about supporting CS Central NSW pls contact:

Email: dave@christiansurfers.org.au

Phone: 0418 412 103

NG19: JOHNO - TEACHING SESSIONS SUMMARY

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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