Steve Bradbury

Steve Bradbury designed and facilitates Eastern College Australia’s Master of Transformational Development, a programme designed to meet a significant need felt by many Christians working to bring about transformational development in some of the world’s most vulnerable and economically poor communities. In response to requests from Malaysian Care, the Asian Graduate School of Theology, Interserve International, and Operation Mercy, Eastern expanded the reach of the MTD to make it accessible to Christian development practitioners working in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Previously Steve worked as the National Director of TEAR Australia for 25 years (1984-2009). During that time he served for several years on the executive of the Australian Council For International Development (ACFID), and in 2009 he received ACFID’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Aid and Development Sector. He was instrumental in establishing Micah Global, an international network of evangelical Christians development organisations, and its global advocacy campaign, Micah Challenge. He chaired the international boards of both those entities for several years.

More About Steve's Session - Where Spirituality & Justice Meet: Spiritual Formation & Integral Mission

If I give everything I own to the poor…but I don’t love, I have gotten nowhere. So no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. (1 Cor. 13:2 The Message). What can we do, in cooperation with the Spirit, to ensure our love for God and neighbour grows rather than shrinks? How can we avoid spiritually enervating and vocationally destructive cynicism? Such questions are of profound significance to faith-based Christian community development practitioners. We strive with all our might to build a better world but the return for effort often seems minimal. This can be further overladen with intense disappointment in our own inadequacies and wrongdoings. We need the help of the Spirit and the meaningful company of other friends of Jesus if we are to resist creeping cynicism or even soul-crushing despair. This is about process more than event. It is a work of God, but one in which God requires our participation and cooperation. This paper will draw on the reflections and experiences of a group of transformational development practitioners who have wrestled with these questions and grown through these processes.