Peter Vickerson experiences a NET Team in 1987 and comes back to Australia and recommends to Emmanuel Community to sponsor NET Ministries to be established in Australia.
Shayne returns from America after visiting NET Ministries in St Paul Minnesota, and the Emmanuel Covenant Community agree to establish NET Ministries to Australia. The formation of NET in Australia is confirmed by then Archbishop of Brisbane Francis Rush and his counterpart in St Paul Minnesota, USA Archbishop John Roach.
Shayne Bennett is commissioned by the Emmanuel Community to go to the USA and begin the process of discerning the decision of NET Ministries being started in Australia.
In August two Australians, Pat Meehan & Mary Dougherty (nee Hamilton), travel to America to participate in their initial training and complete a year on a NET team. They then came back and were part of the three month pilot team that traveled through 3 dioceses from June ’88 – Aug ’88.
This was such a success that by the end of September 1988 they had a full year of bookings for 1989.
Shayne and Shanelle with their three children travel to the USA with 6 Australians for NET training.
From Aug – Dec ’88 the 6 Australians traveled with a team and then they along with 6 others from the USA and Canada spent 10 months, Jan – Nov, on the road traveling around the whole of Australia.
Another 6 Australians travel to America to take part in training and spend 3 moths on the road before returning to Australia with 6 others from America and Canada and spend 10 months doing ministry around Australia.
NET Australia starts it’s own Initial training for the first time.
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