Parenthood – discovering the journey as it unfolds

Crossover is happy to announce the release of a new resource entitled Parenthood – discover the journey as it unfolds.  It is a resource aimed to help churches that have groups and events for children and their parents. (more…)

Free, easy website software for your church

Getting your church and related groups onto the internet with a great looking, well functioning site is easy nowadays without having to spend thousands of dollars on a site that is made for you by professionals that you can’t update yourself. Open Source Content (free stuff!) has come a long way, and so has the many free platforms that you can use to build sites. Crossover uses WordPress, which is one of the most popular, and the easiest in our humble opinion. Here’s an excellent list with summaries of 33 options for you to look at.

Alan Hirsch Reshaped

One of the most influential books about the nature of church and mission in the last decade was The Shaping Of Things To Come by Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost. Seven years on I asked Alan Hirsch to reflect back on the legacy of the book, especially in terms of how, if at all it has affected the mainstream church. He provides some interesting insights about changes in his thinking and also an interesting claim about the future of missions to the West. (more…)

Facebook Privacy Settings

Facebook has made some changes to what your friends can ‘share’ about you, and just how wide the definition of ‘everyone’ is.  Everyone now means literally everyone!  What we ‘share’ on Facebook with the rest of the internet is usually not done as a conscious decision but through ignorance of privacy settings.  Currently Facebook is on the nose because of the difficulty of being on top of all your privacy settings (there are over 50 tweaks to be made), and also for the ambitious plans of its founder.  Read more from Newsweek and Wired magazine and Yahoo Finance online.

So what does that mean for your average Facebook user?  I would recommend auditing your privacy settings a.s.a.p.  Here’s a helpful guide from Mashable to get you started, and more here and here.

Spend A Day With Dave

Crossover National Director Brian Winslade writes: “We get a lot of seminars rolling through our country from overseas. They usually feature superstars from mega‑churches with big budgets and large staff teams, and little understanding about what it’s like doing church in a smaller context. I have a hunch this seminar will be different. Dave Holden brings experience from pastoral ministry in a setting much more identifiable with our ‘down under’ experience. The church was 65 years old when he started, was located in a small town, and grew ten times larger. Dave Holden has transferrable principles to share that make it worth investing a day to learn from his journey.” (more…)

What Is Social Networking?

This video is a brilliant, simple explanation as to how social networking works, and therefore helps us understand the potential it offers to churches for connecting with people. (more…)

What Is Social Media?

This is an astounding video to watch (and you’ll need to watch it many times, with your finger on the pause button just to take it all in).  Social Media Revolution 2 is a refresh of the original video with new and updated social media & mobile statistics that are hard to ignore. Based on the book Socialnomics by Erik Qualman.  The main point: “social media isn’t a fad it’s a fundamental shift in how we communicate” (more…)

Convergence

This completely new Fall 2009 version video includes facts and stats focusing on the changing media landscape, including convergence and technology, and was developed in partnership with The Economist.  If you don’t think social media is something your church needs to be aware of and utilising, this will make you think again. (more…)

Facebook Pastors – Part One

In this series we will speak to pastors and churches who use Facebook and other forms of social media to be beneficial in their ministry both within and without the church.  Facebook presents unprecedented opportunities in ministry, and also presents some unprecedented problems if not used properly.  These interview help unpack what it all means and how it can be best put to use.  The first interview in our series is with Mark Edwards from Inglewood Community Church in Perth. (more…)

It’s Not That Serious Folks

As Christians we do SERIOUS very well. We’ve been practising for almost 2000 years. At times we’ve done so well at SERIOUS that we’ve burned each other at the stake (It’s a long story that involves Calvin and and a guy called Servetus – Calvin won). One of the reasons we appear so UNATTRACTIVE to outside observers sometimes is perhaps because we take ourselves WAY TOO SERIOUSLY. North Point Church have made a virtue of fun, as this entertaining video shows. (more…)