In 2021 important directions are taking place which will affect the entire young writer program.
To date, there have been five rungs to the young writer ministry
Australian Over 31s
Internationals Over 31s
In one house
All these were based in one house, Press Service International, a ministry of Well-Being Australia.
Founder and coordinator Dr Mark Tronson is only a few days off turning 69 and those involved understand that the heavy lifting needs to be shared.
To this end - both - the Kiwi young writers and the International young writers - are establishing unincorporated bodies.
The leadership group of each - last month along with Christian Today - have determined to go down this path.
Kiwi leadership group
Internationals leadership group
As it stands now, so will it continue over the 5 week cycle -
Kiwi young writers Weeks 1-3
Internationals Week 4 and 5
The coordinator person of each group has responsibility overseeing a web site to house their respective articles like an ongoing archive, and package the Weeks with new young writers and those moving on.
Josh Robbie is establishing a web site for the Internationals young writers - of which there are 21.
Mussita Ng is establishing a web site for the Kiwi young writers – of which there are 17.
There are 6 international senior writers and 6 NZ senior writers. They will all stay as part of the Press Service International senior writers program. Initiating someone fresh has many dimensions and allowing the Kiwi and International young writers establishing their thing first will provide much succour for the future.
Stand Alone is maintained
For two years the Stand Alone program has worked very well. The Kiwis and the Internationals have been running their own programs. Each has a coordinator, an editor, a photo selector, a late term chaser, Facebook and NZ media coordinators.
2021 is a fresh and new encounter in the Joy of the Lord.
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 25 books, and enjoys writing. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand. Dr Mark Tronson’s Press Service International in 2019 was awarded ‘The Gutenberg’ - the Australasian Religious Press Association’s premier award. In September 2020 Summer Moore presented her commission portrait of Dr Mark Tronson holding the Gutenberg plaque. He and David Chang editor of Christian Today together bought the young writer ministry into fruition in 2009. In 2011 Mark established Laguna Quays Respite (Whitsundays) for missionary respite and replicated at Aldinga Beach 2016 (Adelaide) and Greens Beach Bass Straight (TAS). His ministry is honoured all these years by Christian philanthropist Mr Basil Sellers AM. He is married to Delma (44 years), with four adult married children and grand-children.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at https://www.pressserviceinternational.org/dr-mark-t.html