But we at OurPathway know the Church in Australia is a whole lot more diverse and colourful than that. In Southeast Qld alone there are dozens of groups in all shapes and sizes – cafe churches, pub churches, home churches, mission teams, Pathway groups, BigYear crews, or simple groups of friends who just meet in the park for wine and cheese and conversation. People follow Jesus together in many different ways, and there is a growing number of creative leaders experimenting with style and structure in order to make church simpler, more flexible and fluid, more easily accessible for non-churchy folk, and a lot easier to start and mantain.
If that’s you, you’ve found the right place! OurPathway’s mission is find, connect with and support the simple and alternative-style churches around. We know it can be difficult doing things differently – we’ve been doing simple churches ourselves for a few years now – and sometimes it can feel lonely. We want to kick that lonely feeling to the curb – you’re not on your own! – and we want to do what we can to encourage and support you with whatever you might need: discussion resources, connections with other leaders, stories and ideas, events for inspiration or places to bring your group and meet a few more like-minded people. Or maybe all you need is a coffee and someone to chat with. Happy to help! We’d love to hear your story. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the “Contact” box below.
So flick through the articles on here when you want some inspiration, keep an eye open for events near you, contact us whenever you want, keep doing your amazing work and please tell us your stories!