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Melanie Marshall

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Canberra, Australia

Graduated in 1988

Married to Paul for 33.5 years and counting

Three adult children and two grandsons

Senior Minister of C3 Church Watson since 2003

It’s not all up to me. Easy to say but not always what I really believe. Even if I tell myself this truth, subconsciously I can be carrying around a burden, pressure, belief that I have to make this thing happen. Of course, as a leader there are pressures and responsibilities that I carry, but I cannot survive this journey if I carry more than I have been given to carry.

Ps 127:1-2 (NASB) “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labour in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labours; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.”

I am so much more effective and fruitful, not to mention at peace, when I am not striving to build something by my might or power. Many years ago I went through a season of burnout and the reason was that I thought it was all up to me and that God couldn’t do it without me, ha! I had no margin, I didn’t trust Him, I didn’t release others to be all they could be and I didn’t rest. I love that Psalm 127 says that He gives to us even in our sleep. While I’m sleeping, He is working on my behalf, He is building, and He is moving. I love that, I rest in that and I am thankful for that.

The greatest work I can do is listen to His voice and obey it, believe what He says over what I might be seeing and be comfortable to be who He has called me to be.

C3 College was a wonderful launching pad into my future. Paul and I both caught the faith and fun of C3 during our time at college and see 1988 as a major year of breakthrough.

Aurélie Nicoulaz

My name is Aurelie and I'm currently living in the beautiful city of Lausanne, Switzerland.

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After studying towards a PhD in genetics, I decided to move to Australia to study at C3 College. In 2015, I graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Creative Arts in Christian Ministry specialising in Contemporary Music and Worship Leading. And because I loved it so much, I studied an extra year and got an Advanced Diploma of Music Industry in 2016.

Since I moved back to Switzerland in 2017, I've had the privilege to become part of the C3 Lausanne staff, which progressively led to the role of music director and event manager. Those two roles are quite complementary; there's rarely a dull moment and for someone who needs to constantly learn new things, they are the perfect combo.

As I'm walking through this leadership journey and working with a variety of team members, I realise how much gold there is in everyone, how much God has put within us all. The more I observe the people I'm working with, the more I realise that the gold is not really present in the form of ‘gold nuggets’; it's more ‘gold layers’. You first see the obvious, but the more time you spend with people, the more they open up (sometimes a split second is enough), the more layers you discover. People are an endless well of beautiful things (okay sometimes with a bit of dirt around the edges, but hey who doesn't), and as a leader, part of my challenge - which by the way is not burdensome at all, but it is a challenge because it requires intentionality and diligence - is to dig and discover where the gold layers are, how they work in their lives and make it visible to the person and to others.

If I'm at all able to implement that as part of my leadership role in church, it is because I had been immersed for 4 years in an environment where lecturers were committed to digging and finding the gold in students. Yes, I've been trained and challenged in many aspects of life and music, but I've been loved and encouraged. This is a sweet balance I'd like to impart over here.