About 100 men lis­ten to Chris­tian speaker

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - ~ Anne Free­stone

Lyle Shel­ton, manag­ing di­rec­tor of Aus­tralian Chris­tian Lobby move­ment and 2016 World Mag­a­zine’s ‘Daniel of the Year Award’ re­cip­i­ent, was the guest speaker at the Fin­ley Re­gional Chris­tian Men’s Fel­low­ship an­nual dinner on Mon­day evening.

The dinner was at­tended by more than 100 men from the sur­round­ing district, and re­ports in­di­cate that most found the talk given by the speaker to be very en­light­en­ing.

A jour­nal­ist by pro­fes­sion, Mr Shel­ton be­gan his ca­reer work­ing for re­gional farm­ing news­pa­pers in Queens­land.

Af­ter six years in journalism, he re­turned to his home town of Toowoomba to serve as youth pas­tor at Toowoomba City Church.

In 2000 he was elected to the Toowoomba City Coun­cil and in 2006 un­suc­cess­fully con­tested the Queens­land state elec­tion as a can­di­date for the Na­tional Party.

Af­ter a short stint as a po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sor to Queens­land Sen­a­tors Ron Boswell and Barn­aby Joyce, Mr Shel­ton was ap­pointed chief of staff of Aus­tralian Chris­tian Lobby be­fore mov­ing on to be­come manag­ing di­rec­tor.

Since then, he has trav­elled ex­ten­sively in his role as mo­ti­va­tional speaker and re­cently re­turned from Bu­dapest in Hun­gary where he was the guest of the gov­ern­ment.

Mr Shel­ton spoke of the con­cern of the Aus­tralian Chris­tian Lobby move­ment should changes be made to the Mar­riage Act and the ef­fect it would have on young chil­dren who may be ques­tion­ing their sex­u­al­ity.

He said at the mo­ment an av­er­age of two chil­dren a month are given Fam­ily Court permission to be­gin ir­re­versible sex change treat­ment.

Those at­tend­ing the evening in Fin­ley were cer­tainly given much to go home and con­sider.

Guest speaker Lyle Shel­ton and lo­cal or­gan­iser John Ever­ing­ham at the Fin­ley Re­gional Chris­tian Men’s Fel­low­ship dinner on Mon­day.

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