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A Brief History of NCTM

BEGINNINGS

The vision for New Creation Teaching Ministry was given at a weekend meeting of twenty-one people at Victor Harbor in South Australia, in January 1973. In June that year Geoffrey and Laurel Bingham left the Adelaide Bible Institute at Victor Harbor, where he had been Principal, and began this work with a second-hand duplicator in a borrowed farmhouse near Mount Compass.

GEOFFREY BINGHAM

An experienced Bible teacher, Anglican minister, a husband and father, former soldier and prisoner of war, farmer and writer, missionary and Founder-Principal of the Pakistan Bible Institute, Geoffrey Bingham believed that God had given him an unmistakable vision of a wide communication of the Gospel in Australia and beyond. Experiences of genuine revival had left him with an indelible impression of what true faith and life can be. So began the itinerant teaching ministry which came to be called 'New Creation Publications' (at an inaugural meeting of eight persons on 10th January 1974), and then further became known generally as the 'New Creation Teaching Ministry'. A Council meets Quarterly to oversee and handle the affairs of the group.

TEACHING CENTRE

The site for New Creation at Coromandel East in the Adelaide Hills was provided in a remarkable way in 1975-6. A recording studio was constructed, in which monthly 'Masters Classes' were given and recorded. (Later called the 'Living Faith Studies', numbering 50 in all, these gave comprehensive and foundational teaching on a wide range of biblical topics. They are all still available from New Creation in printed, cassette and mp3 formats.)

THE WORD GOES OUT

Missions, Teaching Series and Bible Schools in various venues followed, and others were drawn onto the Team as the site grew into a large campus with a fully equipped teaching centre, library, publication, sales and administration facilities, and a print room. Over 400 book titles, 3,000 cassettes and 500 videos have been produced. Many songs have been written and published, study courses have been set up, and the website, CDs and mp3 versions of the materials as well as DVDs have spread the teaching more widely.

THE TEAM

In 1986, Ian Pennicook, Anglican minister and former student of Geoffrey Bingham at ABI, commenced work with NCTM with his family from their home at Bowral in New South Wales. A Spring School is held annually in Mittagong and again in Wamberal. At the beginning of 2001, Geoffrey Bingham handed over the leadership of the work to John Skewes and Martin Bleby, while continuing to teach, preach and write. He went to be with his Lord in 2009 and in 2010 Martin Bleby handed over his leadership role to Andrew Klynsmith.

BY THE HAND OF GOD

All of this has come as needed over the years from the hand of God, through the unsolicited gifts of God's people. The work began in trust that God would supply the material needs for workers, facilities and equipment—a principle of faith that the Ministry has worked by ever since—and God has been faithful in that. No one on the Team, nor any of the many Helpers, is paid a salary or stipend. Each person trusts the Father for personal provision. There is no financial charge to the churches or groups to which ministry is given. All teaching is free. While there is provision in its Constitution for New Creation Teaching Ministry to be wound up at any time, and its assets transferred to some similar ministry or charitable object, up to now God has persisted, despite the weaknesses and failings of those on the Team, to sustain and further this ministry, for the benefit of many, and to His glory.