Barney's: God's Missionary People - Seeing Lives Transformed

News from Barney’s June 2018


In this newsletter:

Men’s MC


Prayer Network


Coming up


From Andy and Liz...

If you have been at our Sunday gatherings in the last few weeks you will know that we are now in the middle of a series of talks on Spiritual Formation. Spiritual formation is about is about how we become more and more Christlike in our walk with Jesus. We have based the talks around a definition of Spiritual Formation which says it is, “the process of being formed into the image of Christ for the sake of others.” All the elements of this sentence are worth considering carefully. Spiritual formation is a process; it doesn’t happen overnight but rather is a journey of which accepting Jesus as saviour is only the beginning. It is a process of being formed; it is not we who strive to make ourselves into the image of Christ, but rather we allow Jesus to do the forming. There are certain things we can do to help the process along, but ultimately it is he who is doing the work, not us. Becoming more like Jesus is the goal of spiritual formation, but not so that we are simply pleased with ourselves, rather, so that we can bless others. 

The author who penned the above definition of Spiritual Formation is Robert Mulholland and he talks about it in his book Invitation to a Journey. It is a worthwhile read, and would be a great companion to these Barney’s talks. The book is available through Koorong, or speak to Andy if you’d like to borrow his copy! Worldview is also offering a short course on Spiritual Formation in July, which is a great opportunity to dig deeper into some of these ideas (see details below). And don’t forget that all of our talks are available to listen to again via our website, so you never need to miss out on them!


Praying for the Men’s Missional Community


The Men’s Missional Community is led by Stefan Wagner and exists to bless and serve men in the local area by providing a place for real, honest relationships and community where they can grow in Christ. 

The community meets for a BBQ breakfast every Saturday morning from 9.30am. In the summer months they meet at the heritage forest, but through the winter they will meet at Barney’s each week.

There is a good mix of Christians and non-Christians in the group, and Stefan meets with some of the men during the week as well, either one to one or in a huddle. It is also an opportunity for men to get to know people and ask questions before they join in with wider Barney’s gatherings.


In our society which is often isolated, and where men can sometimes struggle to find honest relationships with other men, the Men’s MC offers the chance for authentic community and a safe place to ask questions about life and faith. It has been encouraging to see how principles of generosity and discipleship are learned by example and reproduced.

In the next month or two, please be praying for the Men’s MC in the following ways:

  • praise God for the way that people in the group want to be generous and contribute to their gatherings
  • pray for contact with more men, and that it will be offering something that is relevant and so grow as a community
  • pray for wisdom for Stefan as he leads the MC

If you are a man who would like to check out the Men’s MC, please come along on a Saturday morning, or speak to Stefan Wagner.


Barney’s Prayer Network

The Barney’s prayer network was established last year to facilitate members of our community praying for one another’s requests throughout the week. The network operates via text message on 0481 072 663.

To send a message, simply text your request to the number above. It will then be moderated and generally sent out within 24 hours of receipt.

When sending requests, please gain permission from the person on whose behalf you are texting, and don’t forget to send updates through as well as we love to hear of when prayers are answered (or when we need to pray some more!)

If you havent yet joined the network but would like to, would to, please text JOIN + YOUR NAME to the above number. You can opt out of receiving messages at any time by texting STOP.

Bishop Richard Condie

Coming up...

30th June - Following & Fishing Workshop
Tailrace Centre, 10am-4pm.

Steve Addison will present this training workshop about connecting with people, sharing your story and sharing God’s story. It uses simple, reproducible methods equip followers of Jesus to to make disciples. 

Cost for the day is $15 including lunch and refreshments. Childcare is available at Kids Paradise for $20 per child.
Register to attend by clicking here.


2-6 July - Spiritual Formation Short Course

Tim Meyers from the Melbourne School of Theology will be teaching this short course at Worldview College, equipping followers of Jesus to practice disciplines that will lead to maturity in Christ. A great opportunity as a companion to our current series of talks at Barney’s.

Dates: Mon 2nd - Fri 6th July, 9am-5pm daily
Cost: $200

To register, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.


25th August - PeaceWise Training
St. Clements, Hobart

PeaceWise exists to provide practical help and real hope to a conflict-weary world. Their training teaches personal peacemaking and Christian conflict resolution skills with a strong biblical foundation. We at Barneys recommend this training. To register and for more information, please visit


Films and Funding

In the middle of February, Andy wrote to our whole community about some changes to our funding coming up this year. (You can read more about this here.)

Connected with this, we have produced TWO videos. Please watch these videos, and please share them with your friends and family. 


Our short (7 minute) video:

 Barney's - God's Missionary People, Seeing Lives Transformed 

Our longer (20 minute) video:

 Barney's - God's Missionary People, Seeing Lives Transformed - Directors Cut(!)