Ian has been an Anglican minister, in the Sydney Diocese for over 25 years. In early 2021, he retired as Senior Minister of Figtree Anglican Church, a large evangelical church in the Wollongong area. It was during his time as Senior Minister, that his passion grew to ensure that that the current generation was encouraged to leave a lasting and living faith legacy for those who follow. This passion would translate into the birth of the National Grandparent Movement. A movement which seeks to ensure that grandparents, grab hold of the many opportunities presented to them in this season of their life. Ian is married to Rhonda and they have three married children and seven grandchildren.
In 2017, it occurred to me that grandparents had been changing the world one grandchild at a time, from the very beginning. It was this year, when I moved from being a grandfather of three to six, that I started to wonder, “What is the faith legacy I am leaving behind?” It was at this point, that I became convinced that there was a need to provide opportunities for others who had the same conviction to be engaged. In 2021, this movement, with its key annual building block, “The National Grandparent Conference”, has helped hundreds of grandparents, who have felt the weight and pace of change, to better understand the influence they have in leaving a lasting faith legacy for their grandchildren to follow.
‘National Grandparent Movement’
The mission of the NGM is to encourage grandparents, through our annual conference, small group ministry and the birth of grandparent ministries in every church, by equipping them in such a way, that they are able to help their grandchildren navigate their future with greater confidence.
This Australian wide movement, plays a role in fulfilling the biblical instruction found in Deuteronomy 4:9, “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.
The vision for the National Grandparent Movement (NGM) is simply this, to ensure that grandparents are reminded of their influence in being able to leave a living faith legacy for their grandchildren to follow.
The values of such a movement are many, but what is key to all that we do and say is the belief that grandparents often hold the keys that can allow their grandchildren to unlock aspects of their lives, like spiritual growth, emotional and mental health, that will help them with much needed direction for their lives.
We seek to remind all grandparents of the following: