87% of Australians access the internet daily. An effective web presence is an important part of connecting with people outside of your church. You can have a high quality web presence without spending big bucks, or having to know coding. (more…)
79% of Australians access the internet daily. Making a strategic decision to choose a target audience of people who are not members of your church means that the internet can become an important part of your mission reach. But how can you do that to a high quality on a low budget? (more…)
Most people who check out your church won’t walk through the door, they’ll walk through your virtual door by way of your website and social media content. For many what they will find will either be a stepping stone to continuing a journey of faith inquiry or a barrier that slows down the process. So what makes for a great church website that connects with inquirers? (more…)
I don’t want to brag but I know a lot about my local community. Those police helicopters buzzing around this morning: I know the address of the house the police were surrounding. That family that lost their house in a fire, I know where they live. I know who got broken into last night and where they live. (more…)
Your church website has plenty of potential to be a powerful tool to help you connect with people who don’t go to church and have little knowledge of the Gospel. All too often the question of who your churches website is aimed at is never asked (more…)
In our Facebook For Churches Intermediate Level podcast we looked at two key issues for enhancing your church Facebook page. (more…)
After successful tours of Australia in 2010 and 2013, Crossover is pleased to announce that Dennis Pethers will be joining us again for a 2014 tour. Dennis will be conducting a range of meetings with church leaders and churches in WA, VIC, SA, TAS, and NSW. In addition Dennis will be joining us again, as guest speaker at the second Emerging Evangelists Conference in Melbourne in October, 2014.
Dennis is the founder of Viz-A-Viz Ministries and International Director of“More to Life”. He grew up in the East End of London and for the early part of his life knew nothing of church, Jesus or the Christian faith. He discovered the amazing truth about Jesus whilst reading ‘Mere Christianity’ sitting on a train outside of Liverpool Street Station.
Since coming to know Jesus, Dennis has travelled extensively across the UK and around the world telling people about Jesus and equipping churches and Christians to engage in effective evangelism. Dennis is an author and creator of numerous creative resources that are being been used by churches to help people discover the truth about Jesus. He has also written and presented a number of evangelistic videos, with the recent ‘More to Life’ DVD selling, 100,000 copies in the UK alone.
In 1993 Dennis founded Viz-A-Viz Ministries, an organisation committed to ‘Relevant Communication of the gospel to people today’. Now, through its various ministries huge numbers of adults, young people and children are being reached every year through creative and effective events using music, drama, visual media, and speaking that connects with the unchurched.
As International Director of More to Life, Dennis speaks at Church Leaders Conferences, and a variety of other events all around the world. He works in close partnership with Lifeway Christian Publishing in the US, and with numerous networks of leaders in many parts of the world. He also worked closely with Premier Christian Media in the UK, presenting a weekly show on Premier Radio – ‘Wind of Change’ and having significant input and direction into the evangelism aspect of ‘Premier Love London’.
Dennis communicates the message of Jesus with passion and clarity. Always ‘down to earth’ he is known for his ability to present the truth about Jesus in ways that make sense to people who are not familiar with church. He has a passion that the church in the western world will rediscover what it means to live for Jesus and impact lost people with the great news of the gospel.
Dennis Pethers Australian Visit Dates, 2014
QLD – Warwick Baptist Church – Saturday 4th October
Life Point Baptist Church, Brisbane – Sunday 5th October – Morning Service (Redcliffe) and Evening Service (Kelvin Grove)
Stanley River – Monday 6th October
More Information – Contact Stephen Ball: [email protected]
TAS – Mission Summit (Longford) Friday 10 + Saturday 11 October 2014
Hobart : Tuesday 7 October
Launceston Wednesday 8 October
Wynard: Thursday 9 October
SA – 4D Leadership Conference, Saturday 18th October 2014.
VIC – Balwyn Baptist Church, Thursday 23 October 2014.
Pastors & Ministry Leaders Event and an Open Session. 141023Dennis PethersThe Rooftop v2.
NSW – Epping: (Invitation Only) Pastors Luncheon, Friday 24th October 2014.
Contact Pete Davies for information.
Wyong Baptist, Sunday 26th October – 10am Service, Evangelistic Sermon.
WA – Yokine Baptist Church, Thursday 30th October 2014.
Emerging Evangelists Conference (VIC) : 21-22 October 2014.
The purpose of the Emerging Evangelists Conference is to affirm, invest in and equip emerging evangelists in each State who could benefit from getting together with other experienced evangelists who can offer mentoring and essential experience. The vision of the conference is to raise up a new generation of evangelists, people who will make a difference in their region. Attendance is by invitation, more information can be obtained from your State denomination.
I’m not very good at social media, so I find people who are and copy them. When you don’t have talent, a talent for learning and observation is the next best thing. In my observations as to who rocks at social media, a shock contender for top dog continues to dominate and grow fro strength to strength. It’s not an organisation that necessarily has a good public reputation in the State that I live in, and their usual manner of communication does not sound very engaging at all. In fact, these are the last people you would expect to be on social media and to be such a success at it. And they are… (more…)
The arrival of Google + has been good news for churches who face a range of delicate issues presented by social media. Since Google announced the security features allowing selective broadcast of updates to defined groups, you can bet your bottom dollar that developers at Facebook were burning the midnight oil rushing out similar features to stem the hemorrhaging of users which began with the launching of Google+ which is just in its testing phase and still out of reach of the average user. Facebook have announced a dramatic overhaul of security options and the result is good for your average user and especially social media in the church context. (more…)
There’s plenty of pastors blogging and filling the internet with endless hours of podcasts, nothing new under the sun here. However, some are breaking out of the usual box and trying new ways of using the internet. Rob Douglas is one of them and he has found a unique way to air classic stories from the Gospels in the guise of interviews with people who have met Jesus. (more…)