Church doesn’t have to be complicated. Mostly when people think of church, they think of the more complicated versions. Weekly Sunday services – with musicians and singers, a minister who prepares and preaches a sermon, pews and notices and morning tea and children’s programs – then of course youth groups, women’s groups, charity programs, small group networks…. and when you’ve done it one week you start organising the next one. Imagine starting a church like this! I know some people who have and it’s a huge process that requires a lot of time, vision, planning and clever, capable people, not to mention a pastor with serious credentials (ministry qualifications, years of experience etc). Most of us would never imagine that we could do something like this. Even many pastors, like myself.Details
Bells Caloundra is a missional community that’s growing in a new area on the Sunny Coast, providing a space for people (anyone at all) to belong, to eat, to listen and learn, and to serve the community. Check out this 6min video where Phil explains some of the practices and principles that Bells is based on.…Details
My brother-in-law Kim Anthony is running an interesting new group on the southside called LightGarden. The simple idea is to bring people together from different churches and denominations for conversation and encouragement, which is always a great idea in my opinion. But Kim tells it way better than I can. Check out this video to hear what he’s up…Details
Jas Gray has started a group called Bibleholics Anonymous in Brisbane. And he was recently given the chance to talk about it at a TEDx event! Here’s his 1 minute video, which explains how the group came about….
Thanks to Haydn for sharing his story. We’d love to hear yours too! 1. What are you doing? Our history: In January 2013 three families gathered on a back verandah over a meal and wine and took time to encourage one another and share our faith/church experience. It was obvious we all desired an authentic…Details
Over the last couple of years I have been inspired many times over by the stories I am hearing of God working in new and fresh ways. More and more people are rethinking what it means to follow Jesus and be the church of Jesus in our communities. Not just in one denomination, but seemingly in…Details
Happy New Year! Here’s a short audio clip with some great insights from Steve about praying for our groups. The beginning of the year is a perfect time to set some healthy habits like this. Never underestimate the power of prayer.
I have some interesting conversations in my work as a highschool chaplain. Yesterday I had a good one with one of the teachers at school about cultural differences. It came about because she wanted to support the chaplaincy program by putting on a morning tea and inviting the other teachers. For me that would have…Details
There were many interesting and important discussions during my years studying theology, but the one I remember the most clearly was on the topic of church. Specifically, what makes a church a church? I figured I knew the answer to this question. I’d been to many churches in my life and knew how it all…Details
Last weekend our Pathway group decided to hold an ‘induction service’ for one of the group who was starting a new role as a minister with a local church organisation. In case you’re not sure what an induction is, it is simply a chance to stop and pray for people who have been called into ministry, and to ‘set them apart’ for that important work. It usually involves reading some relevant passages of the Bible, hearing about the specifics of this new role and then praying for a ‘blessing’ on this new minister.
That all seems like good stuff, however once we got to planning the day some uncomfortable thoughts began to emerge.Details