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Jason Harris

Jason loves to communicate God's word both in the local church and at conferences and retreats. Jason has been involved with Worship Music since 1996 and InFocus since 2005. Jason has degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research and is currently a PhD candidate and lecturer in the College of Business, Law, and Governance at James Cook University, Cairns. Jason is also a pastor at CrossPoint Church. You can contact Jason at


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    Belinda Ezzy

    I agree with you that there is a lot of apathy toward taking up the call amongst our young men, but I don’t see why you would discourage the young men who desire to serve God, because they are from America. Matt 28:19 commands us to go out and preach the gospel, and that also includes the weak and complacent.
    Yes, it is our responsibility to raise up young men, and disappointing to hear that at Conferences,they are being discouraged by those who should be discipling them.

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    Jason Harris


    The trend I’ve observed has been that our best Australian young men and our best leaders are heading off to the mission field. I would not presume to question God’s leading in their lives, but I do feel that this notion of “God isn’t working in Australia” is coming into the equation.

    I would not want to discourage American men from helping out in the harvest here. There is more than enough work to be done. But I would want to see them doing either one of two things: 1) Becoming one of us or 2) taking on a role of developing our leaders and mentoring our men.

    Missions was never about and never should be about developing dependency on the sending nation.

    Am I making sense?

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    “One more thing. I’m not having a go at American missionaries. I thank God for those who have ministered in our field. But the fact is, this is our field. The responsibility to preach Christ here is ours. They can help, and praise God when they do. But they have no reason to stay indefinitely, and if they do, we have a responsibility to be covering their full salary”

    I never got the impression that he was discouraging them to come over.

    By the way Jason, great post!

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    Ben Kwok

    strong words but the principle is solid: churches should be able to sustain themselves.

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    Maybe we could do a swap – the Americans can come here and we can go there! =P

    That was a really good post, Jay! =)


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