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
Here’s a great little clip I’ve used with our group before. What makes us happy? SoulPancake conducted a little scientific experiment to find out. It’s a heartwarming video with a practical challenge you can do with your group. With my group, we watched the clip and each thought about the people who’ve impacted our lives.…Details
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
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
Matthew 5:43-45 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good,…Details
Here’s what one of our groups did for a gathering centred around the theme of Humility. Includes discussion questions, Bible readings and some suggested group activities. There are also some colouring pages for the kiddies.
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