• What is involved in an internship at Resolved?

    Resolved exists to impact the city of Sydney with the love of Jesus, for God’s glory. We want this impact to go beyond the lifetime of the current members of the congregation. If God should will it, we want Resolved to be impacting Sydney and the world with the love of Jesus, for God’s glory, for hundreds if not thousands of years to come. With that in mind, we are hoping to train the next generation of leaders of the church so that they may carry the gospel onwards and may train subsequent generations of leaders. One of the ways we are training the next generation of church leaders is to have them come to Resolved as interns. The internship program will go for two years and will be a time where we hope God will use us to grow you to be the leader of the church he wants you to be.

    What does the internship involve?

    Interns will meet as a group with Hans Kristensen (Lead Pastor of Resolved) once a week for three hours, and individually once a month. In these meetings there will be discussion of set readings as well as Bible reading, prayer, accountability and training. You will spend the rest of the time evangelising, growing leaders, reading, pastoring people, leading community groups and being involved in other ministries.

    1. Reading

    Leaders are people who continually grow. One of the main ways church leaders grow is through reading quality books in areas such as theology, human development, leadership, culture and anthropology. We give our interns books and a reading schedule which will have reading to be done each week. For each reading the intern will have to prepare a short 800-word reflection on the reading. This reflection is to be printed out and handed to Hans the day before the group intern meeting. We get interns to do this writing because writing helps clarify thoughts, and helps with all types of communication.

    Here are some of the books you will read if you intern at Resolved:

    • Collins, Jim. Good to Great
    • Collins, Jim. Great by Choice
    • Collins, Jim. How the Mighty Fall
    • Dever & Packer. In My Place Condemned He Stood
    • Dever, Mark. Nine Marks of a Healthy Church
    • Edwards, Jonathan. Religious Affections
    • Fee, Gordon. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth
    • Hill, Wesley. Washed and Waiting
    • Keller, Tim. The Reason for God
    • Lencioni, Patrick. Death By Meeting
    • Lencioni, Patrick. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
    • Luther, Martin. The Bondage of the Will
    • Machen, Gresham. Christianity and Liberalism
    • Mahaney, C.J. Humility
    • Mathison, Keith. The Shape of Sola Scriptura
    • Maxwell, John C. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
    • Morris, Leon. The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross
    • Murray, Iain H. Evangelicalism Divided
    • Murray, Iain H. The Forgotten Spurgeon
    • Murray, John. Redemption: Accomplished and Applied
    • Noll, Mark. Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity
    • Piper, John. The Future of Justification
    • Spurgeon, C.H. Lectures to my Students
    • Strauch, Alexander. Biblical Eldership
    • Strauch, Alexander. Meetings that Work
    • Tripp, Paul. Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands
    • Ware, Bruce. God’s Greater Glory
    • Welch, Ed. When People are Big and God is Small
    • Westerholm, Stephen. Perspectives Old and New on Paul
    • Wright, N.T. Jesus and the Victory of God
    • Wright, N.T. New Testament and the People of God
    • Wright, N.T. Resurrection of the Son of God
    • Wright, N.T. What St. Paul Really Said

    2. Personal Development

    1 Timothy 3 says that men and women who are leaders of the church are meant to have exemplary character, therefore interns will be accountable either to Hans as the Lead Pastor, or an Elder or a member of the women’s ministry team. This accountability will involve regular meetings with the accountability partner for sharing, prayer and accountability. It is our hope that through relationships and the preaching and studying of the word, you would become more Christ-like as a result of your time as an intern at Resolved.

    3. Leadership Development

    The Bible is very clear on the requirements of a leader but a lot of the time, Christian thinking on Christian leadership stops here. In the internship you will interact with some of the best biblical and secular leadership and you will also be invited to observe leadership meetings at Resolved. Additionally, you will be able to test your leadership mettle by starting up ministries and leading groups of people. In this way, we hope that you will become the best leader you can be, to the glory of God.

    4. Skill Development

    There are many different skills you have to master to be a good pastor/leader. Skilled pastors/leaders have skills in pastoral care, preaching, leading, and dealing with people. At the weekly internship meetings, Hans will take you through a skill that is pertinent to church work and you will have ample opportunities to practise and use these skills in many and varied ways at Resolved. We hope that when you finish your internship you will be a very skilled leader and an asset to any church you are a part of.

    5. Evangelism

    Matthew 28 is clear – the church’s mission is to make disciples of Jesus. At Resolved, we don’t want to grow through people coming from other churches; we want to grow through people coming to know Jesus. With that in mind, we get all our members to choose five non-Christian friends that they are praying for, that they are seeking to share the gospel with and that they are inviting to church. At every weekly interns meeting we will be reviewing how we are doing in this area. Our hope is that revival would break out in the world and we will hopefully be a part of that as we pray for people, share with people and invite people to know Jesus.

    6. Pastoral Work

    Leaders of the church must care for their sheep. With this in mind, you will be called to care for people in the church. You will also be trained in how to use the gospel to pastorally care for people. Pastoral work is very important and you will see and be a part of the strategy Resolved has for pastorally caring for people and seeing them grow in their knowledge and love of Jesus.

    7. Entrepreneurial Ability

    We will be asking the group of interns to start up a youth group from scratch. There are no high school students going to Resolved at the moment so the interns will have to find a group of teenagers, evangelise them, form a youth group and grow the youth group from nothing. This will take entrepreneurial ability. We will get the interns to do this because Resolved wants to be a church that plants many churches all around Australia and the world and we start by training up entrepreneurial church leaders. We also are seeking to plant a church in the Sutherland Shire in 2014 and so in 2013 there will be a lot of leg-work that the interns will be a part of. Some people are not entrepreneurs and some aren’t church planters; that is okay, but we want our interns to be tested in these areas so that they will know whether they have these gifts or not.

    Are you up for the challenge?

    Ministry is one of the most exciting, challenging, fun, heart-breaking things you can do. Are you the kind of person who wants to start to be trained to do ministry for the rest of your life? If so, I would love to chat with you further. Thanks for taking the time to think deeply about your future and possibly coming to be an intern at Resolved.

    Hans Kristensen




  • Do you want to do an internship at Resolved?

    Last year I was challenged by Mark Dever to work hard at training the next generation of leaders of the church. At Resolved we are already doing this with our Catalyst future leadership program. But we want to step it up to the next level and put on at least two Interns under the MTS program for 2013-2014. If you see yourself as a potential leader of the church (especially if you see yourself as a potential church planter) please apply.

    What we are offering:

    • Three hours of weekly training time with me
    • Many and varied opportunities to learn, grow and impact peoples lives
    • You will learn how to prepare sermons/ do pastoral care/lead people/ etc.
    • You will have consistent and detailed feedback about everything you do
    • You will get to see the inner workings of a young thriving church
    • To help you become the best leader/pastor/preacher you can be

    What you will need to be:

    • A Christian
    • Someone who takes Jesus seriously but doesn’t take themselves seriously
    • Someone who wants to be challenged to be a better leader/pastor/preacher/person
    • Someone who loves people
    • Someone who is hungry to learn
    • Someone with a sense of humour
    • Someone who is prepared to start a ministry from scratch
    • Someone who is prepared (with help from Resolved and our networks) to raise your support

    If this describes you email me at hans@resolved.org.au and I will email back your application and arrange a time to meet!


  • What I wish I did when I started fulltime ministry

    It is the time of year that people in their last year bible/theological college or in their last few weeks of work before doing an internship next year. Either way these are exciting times, times of great opportunity and potential but opportunity and potential need to be worked with to be fully realised. If you are doing an internship or going into fulltime ministry have you though and planned for next year? Have you worked out what your priorities are?

    Here are a few things I wish I did when I started fulltime ministry:

    1. Scheduled in times for bible reading, prayer and reading.

    When fulltime ministry hits one of the first things that can go out the window is personal bible reading and prayer. This is because bible reading and prayer seems not urgent but those 50 emails are urgent. This is where we need to work on things that are not urgent but are very important. This means scheduling in time to read the bible and pray, time to read theology, time to have significant alone time with God. If you are in fulltime ministry and you don’t work on your relationship with God why should you expect anyone else to work on theirs?

    2. Got a mentor

    There is a temptation that when we enter into fulltime ministry we have got it all sorted and we know how things are because we have had great training. But one of the things I realised (and am still realising) is that despite all the great training that I had at bible college there is so much more to learn about myself, theology, the world, people etc. Having a mentor who will put time into you and keep you accountable with your bible reading prayer, godliness etc is a great thing to have.  I know I have benefitted greatly from my mentors!

    3. Worked on my health and fitness

    Since starting Resolved I have put on about 13 kilos. Yes you read that right 13 kilos! In the first year of Resolved I slept very poorly, ate worse and almost never exercised. I have been convicted of my need to look after myself by my beautiful caring wife and my rapidly developing gut. Needless to say in the grind and rapid pace of ministry there will be temptations for you to eat junk, not work out and sleep only a few hours a night. This will surely mean you will burn out or become very ineffective.

    4. Worked harder on my preaching.

    I think I have a gift of communication and sometimes I am lazy and I rely on this. I wish from day one I not only prepared the text properly (which I usually did) but I also worked on how to communicate that text properly. Working out how to communicate the word properly turns your speech from a boring exegetical lecture to a great expository sermon.

    5. Worked harder at being organised

    I like flying by the seat of my pants. It is fun and exciting for me. But it is not for everyone else. I need to love the people I lead/pastor by being as organised for every meeting as I can, setting deadlines and keeping them and keeping myself to a high standard in the area of organisation. If I don’t do this I will lose credibility very fast and I bring the gospel and my ministry into disrepute.

    6. Made every moment count

    Because of my lack of organisation and my arrogance I wasted time. I didn’t realise and keep in front of me that every moment matters and that God is going to hold me to account. So when I am at work I need to work hard with all the hours I have. I shouldn’t scroll endlessly through blogs or YouTube or debating about how much pastors should be paid on my bible college year Yahoo group. Brothers and sisters going into fulltime ministry, you will have a lot of time to use effectively but also a lot of time to waste. Please don’t waste your time. The gospel is too important, hell too real and Jesus too amazing for us to waste time!

    These are things I am continuing to work and I will be working on these till I die I am sure. My prayer is that if you are going into fulltime ministry next year you will have a long and fruitful ministry and you will see many people come to know our great Lord Jesus!


  • Books you should read before going to bible college

    I have the pleasure of having Arnaldo Santiago as an intern at Resolved. As part of his training this year I am getting him to read a list of books. This list covers almost every point of theology and sets him up to be ahead at college and in future ministry. It also gets him to engage with a few theologians and theological viewpoints that can be dangerous (i.e. Wright, Barth, New Perspective) which will help him to engage thoughtfully and sympathetically with these viewpoints in the future. A few people have asked for this book list so here it is:

    1. Strauch, Alexander. Biblical Eldership. Lewis & Roth, 1995.
    2. Strauch, Alexander. Meetings that Work. Lewis & Roth, 2001.
    3. Noll, Mark. Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity. Baker, 2001.
    4. Mathison, Keith. The shape of Sola Scriptura. Canon Press, 2001.
    5. Bray, Gerald. The Doctrine of God. IVP, 1993.
    6. Ware, Bruce. God’s Greater Glory. Crossway Books, 2004.
    7. Luther, Martin. The Bondage of the Will. Hendrickson, 2008.
    8. Piper, John & Grudem, Wayne. Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Crossway Books, 1991.
    9. Macleod, Donald. The Person of Christ. IVP, 1998.
    10. Murray, John. Redemption: Accomplished and Applied. Banner of Truth, 1955.
    11. Ferguson, Sinclair. The Holy Spirit. IVP, 1996.
    12. Dever, Mark. Nine Marks of a Healthy Church. Crossway Books, 1994.
    13. Hoekema, Anthony. The Bible and the Future. Eerdmans, 1979.
    14. Tripp Paul. Instruments in the Redeemers Hands.
    15. Edwards, Jonathan. Religious Affections
    16. Spurgeon, C.H, Lectures to my Students
    17. Murray, Iain H, The Forgotten Spurgeon
    18. Murray, Iain H, Evangelicalism Divided
    19. Wright, N.T, New Testament and the People of God
    20. Wright, N.T, Jesus and the Victory of God
    21. Wright, N.T, What St. Paul Really Said
    22. Westerholm, Stephen, Perspectives old and new on Paul
    23. Gibson and Strange, Engaging with Barth
    24. Machen Gresham, Christianity and Liberalism
    25. Morris, Leon, The apostolic preaching of the cross
    26. Beale, Gregory, The Erosion of Inerrancy in Evangelicalism
    27. Dever and Packer, In My Place Condemned He Stood
    28. Bainton, Ronald, Here I Stand

    Which ones have you read? Are there any books or topics that I have missed?