Broome Associate Minister Steve Combe is seeking to set up a combined church youth group to help disciple teenagers and strengthen them in their faith.
With plans to launch in term 3, Broome Anglican Church and Broome Baptist Church will combine their young people to create a group meeting together each fortnight for Bible study, fun and fellowship.
Steve says that youth group was important in helping him to trust and follow Jesus in his own teen years, and he wants to support local young people to grasp hold of the gospel for themselves.
“The world bombards teenagers with messages that are not consistent with God’s Word and we want to help them lay down a solid foundation for the rest of life,” he says.
Steve was in the Royal Australian Navy training as a Maritime Warfare Officer before, out of the blue, he was struck by severe vertigo and diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease. He had planned to become a Navy Chaplain, but a medical discharge closed that door. He still had a heart for ministry which lead him to study for a Bachelor of Theology at Sydney Missionary & Bible College.
“A verse that had a strong impact on me going into ministry is 1 Timothy 4:8 where Paul writes to Timothy; For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
“Training in godliness is something of great worth! It is our continued growth in our knowledge of the truth – understanding the Bible as God’s true and living word. I enjoy helping people to train in godliness.”
Steve and his family have been in Broome for about two years and plan to stick around for a while yet. Steve’s other priorities include Indigenous outreach, evangelism and supporting Minister-in-Charge, Michael Baines.
Says Michael: “Most regional churches don't have the benefit of an Associate Minister, and it's a benefit for which we are very grateful to God and Steve's supporters. With Steve's help, we've been able to make progress in areas where I struggled on my own (especially youth ministry). Like any good Associate Minister he just makes everything better through countless small acts of service, encouragement and leadership.”
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