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Why Join Wellspring Community

Sunburst, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

When you join Wellspring Community you become part of an Australia-wide prophetic community of followers of Jesus who

  • Support and encourage each other to lead lives that are transformed personally and socially.
  • Are committed to transformation of our relationship with ourselves, with our communities, with society, with culture, with creation, and with God.
  • Seek to live actively as disciples of Jesus and in so doing we contribute to a world (and to Australia) where
    • We and all people (particularly the poor and marginalised) live at peace and with justice.
    • We grow in spiritual practices that develop an Australian spirituality that allows us to worship God in ways that fit the diverse, and in many ways unique, Australian environment
    • We are reconciled to God, to each other, and we work for mutual respect and recognition between Aboriginal Australians and all other Australians
    • We lead sustainable lives in God's incredibly complex and beautiful Creation that we respect, love, and care for.
    • We respect, value, and learn from other Christian traditions and other faiths.
    • We are generous in our dealings with everyone we meet by offering hospitality to friends and strangers alike and bringing healing through prayer and practical action.
  • Acknowledge that living as disciples in these ways will contribute to the transformation of our lives, the lives of those we meet, and the wider social and cultural structures.
  • Acknowledge also that these actions are prophetic like the actions of Jesus. They will often result in a challenge to an economic or political power structure at one level or another.
  • Acknowledge that these actions may well lead to resistance against the message from other citizens, from community leaders, and from government. These actions may lead to suffering for Wellspring Community. Nevertheless, as a prophetic community, we must speak the good news of Jesus and hold citizens, community leaders, and government to account by reminding them of their God-given responsibilities.

"A prophetic community listens to God, discerns God's will, and where necessary challenges both church and society." (Anne McPherson, Wellspring Community: An Introduction, Sydney: Wellspring Community, 2009).
St Paul affirmed prophecy as a function of all within the church:
[T]hose who prophesy speak to other people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation ... [I]f all prophesy, an unbeliever or outsider who enters is reproved by all and called to account by all . . . . For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged. (I Corinthians 14: 3, 30, 24, 31, NRSV)

Speaking in tongues is an expression of individualism and privatised faith but prophecy is a function of all. We exercise prophecy when we take turns in speaking to others and then by giving others opportunity to "weigh what is said" (v. 29). Prophecy speaks to the events of everyday lives. It speaks to the lives of those in the wider society and it speaks to the lives of those within Wellspring Community.

Prophecy involves encouraging, teaching, and consoling. It also includes reproving others and holding them to account. However, those who receive the prophecy have opportunity to prayerfully discern what has been said. Prophecy is not an edict handed down from on high.

Reproof is a harsh word yet it has a history in the Christian faith. The Eleventh and Twelfth Meditations of John Baptist de La Salle offer guidance in this task. In Hebrew tradition (see Proverbs 29), reproof is concerned with moral instruction. Reproof is learned through experience and through applying wisdom. It is a work of art or wholesome admonition. Reproof is the instruction offered by sages to inculcate ways of righteousness, justice, and equity.

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