A message from the Board Chair
This month, I’d like to share news about the next season of leadership for Interserve Australia.
After spending time in discernment, our National Director Christine Gobius, has resolved that is is time for a new season for Interserve Australia, and for her and her husband Kari. As a result, Christine will not be seeking another term as National Director.
Christine’s second term as National Director was due to conclude at the end of 2020. We are deeply appreciative that she extended her term by 12 months to help steer the organisation through the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. We give thanks to Christine for her commitment and dedication to the task. What has been very apparent is Christine’s deep affection for Interserve and this has flowed through in the way she has conducted herself and led the organisation.
Christine will continue in the National Director role until the 31st December 2021 while the Board discerns and appoints her successor. We would ask for your prayers for the Board and for Christine during this time of transition. (For information about this job opportunity, see the Employment page.)
Above all, we give thanks for Christine’s service, and look forward in anticipation to all that our Father will do in this new season, as together we seek to see lives and communities transformed through encounter with Jesus Christ
A message from the National Director
I give thanks for the privilege of serving God and Interserve as the Australian National Director for almost nine years.
What a privilege to have worked alongside women and men from a diverse range of churches, from many nationalities and in many contexts, all with a passion for transformation of individual lives and whole communities as they encounter Jesus. This role has given me a window on God’s world through which I have developed a much deeper love for God and all that He has created.
Rhythms of reflection and review are vital for healthy leadership. As I have come to the end of my second term as National Director I have sought to discern, together with others, God’s leading for me and for Interserve. In that process, I have heard the still small voice of God leading me and Interserve Australia to a new season. We are in changing, uncertain and exciting times and I sense that it is right for a different leader to continue to shape Interserve to respond to the opportunities before us. It is also good for my husband Kari and I to begin a new season.
My relationship with Interserve stretches back over 30 years to when I first applied to be an On Tracker. I am so grateful for this international community of disciples that has significantly shaped me, my faith and my understanding of this world. I don’t know yet what the next season will bring. However, the legacy of Interserve is significant in my life and this is not goodbye, just a change in the nature of my relationship with each of you.
Over the next six months I want to connect with as many in our community as possible and prepare for a good handover for my successor. I would value your prayers as this transition season begins.