Taking The Plunge – Baptism and belonging to Jesus

A fantastic new book is now available for people who are considering baptism. The book is designed to be a resource that churches can have on stock to give to people considering baptism or even the Christian faith. (more…)

PRAC Spring 2020 Edition – Coping With Covid: how churches have responded

The Spring edition of PRAC has sprung. In it, we chart how churches have risen to the challenge of Covid-19 restrictions. (more…)

PRAC Winter Edition – Chaplaincy – a world of opportunity.

This new edition of PRAC is jam-packed with great ideas and opportunities for Christians and churches in chaplaincy. We cover formal, professional chaplaincy roles as well as voluntary roles. We hear from Baptists around Australia engaged in chaplaincy from the beach to prisons, from the high seas to the high street, from professional sports clubs to every workplace. Please share this with as many people in your church congregation as you can. (more…)

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Easter Offering. We appreciate your support, especially in uncertain times.Thank you to everyone who participated (and who will) in our Easter Offering. We appreciate your support especially in uncertain times.

Easter Resources

2021 Resources

2021 is an exciting year for Crossover as we join forces with Global InterAction to host the biggest evangelism conference in our 30+ year history. We are looking to forward an event that is accessible to everyone, whether they attend in a local hub or online. This is just one of the ways in which we will be getting behind Baptist churches this year.

Aussie Baptist churches are growing in diversity and although there are many different contexts, they all have a common theme of wanting to tell the Good News. Our 2021 Easter Offering video highlights our unity in the Gospel:

You can participate in the 2021 Crossover Easter Offering below:

Church Offering Resources

Download a copy of our 2021 Brochure below:

Download a copy of our 3 Step Offering Process below:

Download a copy of our Treasurer’s Form below:

Download a copy of our 3 Step Video Process below:

Download a copy of our editable church bulletin advert below:

Download an original version of the Bulletin below. You can edit this yourself in Adobe Acrobat or Illustrator:

2021 Easter Invitation Postcard

This postcard features an image from our Easter video that depicts people being brought together by the Gospel:

Download editable versions of this card below. You can insert your own Easter event details:

Download a reduced file size version below:

Download a high-resolution version of the postcard below:

Download an original version of the postcard that you can edit in Adobe Acrobat:

Download a reduced file size original version of the postcard that you can edit in Adobe Acrobat:

NOTE: If you are having any difficulty please email us and we will gladly help you customise any of the above files.

2020 Resources

This Easter we look at the extraordinary story of Ned Trickett, Australia’s first ever world sporting champion.

Ned Trickett’s father, George was sent to Australia as a convict. The charge of stealing a few items of clothing carried the charge of ‘transportation to the colonies’. After serving 14 years, he was granted a pardon and became a free man. He was given land at Woolwich and started a quarry business. His four sons rowed the stone from his quarry across the harbour, helping construct the harbour wall.

His youngest son, Ned excelled at rowing and was sponsored to race on the Thames in London for the world championship of sculling. Trickett won the race and in doing so, became Australia’s first world champion in any sport. On his return to Australia, he became a national hero.

Later in life Trickett, would lose his wealth in business and returned to Sydney, with nine children, broke and so desperate that he contemplated taking his own life. Walking the streets of the city, he heard barrister and street preacher, E P Field and after talking to Field in his chambers, Trickett gave his life to Jesus. He spent the rest of his life as a committed Christian. Early in the 20th century Rev Knee wrote a gospel tract on the life of Trickett, a copy of this tract is held in the NSW State Library. It concludes…

“He drank of the world’s cup of pleasure, and yet was not content. He found, as so many
have found, that none but Christ can satisfy.”

This is a story of redemption and a fresh start.

Share the Other Story

To share this video online we recommend you share from the Other Story facebook or website rather than sharing this page. This page is designed to inform you about the video’s purpose.

Steps to share this video:

1. We recommend sharing the video on social media from either www.otherstory.com.au or www.facebook.com/theotherstoryau to enable people to find out more about Christian faith as well.
2. Or you can share the direct vimeo hyper link: https://vimeo.com/392881468

Steps to Download this video:
1. Click on the vimeo link on the video, or click here to go directly to vimeo
2. Once on the vimeo page, look for the word “Download” underneath the video title in a square button icon.
3. Click “download” and choose what quality/video size you would like to download
4. Click “download” again.

You might choose to download the video and upload it to your church’s facebook page, website, email bulletin/newsletter or if that’s the easiest way for you to display it in your church services.

Click here to access a PDF Sermon Outline to accompany the video.

Click here to access a Word document Sermon Outline to accompany the video.

Easter Postcards 2020:

Option 1 – with editable section to promote your church events
Postcard Front

Postcard Rear (PDF file allows you to input your own details)

 

Option 2: To promote the video – has no editable field and does not link to your church. You will require adobe to edit this yourself.

Front view:

Rear view:

A guide for how to prepare and use the Outreach video:

Click here if you are looking for Easter Offering Information or give directly through the Support-Give Tab.

Other Easter Outreach videos by Crossover:

We now have a growing library of Easter Outreach videos, from the previous few years. These are still available to watch, share and download from our vimeo channel.

The Other Story of Easter – 2019 video

What we get wrong about Easter

The God of Second Chances: Easter Unpacked

The Meaning of Easter – an Australian Perspective

Easter Postcard Resources

Your church will no doubt be planning special events to celebrate Easter. These postcard resources are aimed at helping you invite people to explore further Easter’s true meaning.

Below are some options designed for mass distribution through your community, or for use in special Easter outreach events, or more effectively for individuals to use as a part of a personal invitation. Each design is available for free download below. You can add your church details and print them out yourself, or take them to a printing service for edit and print.

Our newest designs (first few in the list below) have been created as editable pdfs. You can download the file, and type your details into the box before printing, use Adobe Illustrator to edit them further, or work with a graphic designer/print shop as you life. The older designs (further down the list) were created to be edited in Adobe illustrator, so you will either need that program or to work with a designer/printing shop to add your details to those files.

Obviously material of this nature will not contain every element and nuance of the Christian faith. What we’ve put together has the aim of being a hook or an invitation to explore further. Many of Jesus’ stories in the public marketplace were like that. They keyed in to local understanding (or misunderstanding!) and sowed seeds of inquisitiveness that enticed people to find out more. We think the best place for people to do that “searching” and “finding out more” is a community of faith like yours, so we’ve designed these resources with the hope that they might point people in the direction of your church – especially at Easter time.

New Designs for 2020 are linked above under 2020 resources

Easter Resources On File

Other Story design

This version of the postcard can be downloaded and edited in Adobe Illustrator to add your details or change elements.

 

This version of the PDF has a custom text box for you to update your details.

 

This version of the postcard can be downloaded and edited in Adobe Illustrator to add your details or change elements.

 

The Best Second Chance

 

 

 

Reset

 

 

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Below are more Easter postcard and card designs we have on file. Scroll down to view each design and find a copy of each in .pdf listed at the bottom. You can download these for free and edit with with your church details or take to a printing service.

John 3:16

This card displays one of the great verses used commonly to explain the nature of the Gospel (Message Version), with a not so obvious depiction of Christ on the Cross.

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It Is Finished

This card seeks to contrast many of the most famous saying of history with the significance of the words of Jesus on the Cross.

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 The best friend request you’ll ever get

One Solitary Life Postcard

Is chocolate all you’re getting this Easter?

 

Coronavirus Church Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic has plunged the world into a crisis that is unprecedented for many nations in the post WW2 era. For many people across the world, it will be nothing new, as they live in a state of perpetual disruption thanks to war or famine or both. It is nevertheless a significant shock to many Australians who have grown up with the comfort of living in the land of plenty. This is exactly a time for the church to step up and continue in the tradition first established by the Early Church of sacrificial service and living out the love of God in the face of crisis. (more…)

Interactive Online Church with ZOOM

The Coronavirus has forced churches to go online. Some have been online for a while whilst others are on a steep learning curve. Across the board, an important consideration appears to have been overlooked – and that is the degree to which people are able to interact. One platform that allows that is ZOOM. Jamie Freeman takes us through the advantages of using ZOOM and making your online presence more interactive. (more…)

Easter Offering 2020

Partnering together to help Australian Baptists share Jesus

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Christmas Resources

Christmas Resources 2020

2020 has been a turbulent year for our world. For many people, their view of the world and the certainties that they thought they enjoyed have been upended. It is a troubling and unsettling time for many people.

In this context, our Christmas video resource features the hope and inspiration that a new child brings – and following on from that focuses on the birth of Jesus and the significance of this earth-changing event for us as people. This Christmas is a time when we as churches can point people towards the peace that can be found through being reconciled with God, and hope and confidence for the future no matter what.

Here are some ways in which you can use this resource:

The video below can be downloaded from our Vimeo site.

Download our accompanying Sermon Guides below:

Alternatively, you can use this video sermon based on the video delivered by Ainsley Freeman:

You can also use this captioned version:

Christmas Card Invitations for 2020

Our 2020 design is taken from our accompanying video.

Our Christmas resources are free to download. You can download them and edit for your own purposes. Apart from our new design our previous designs are also available for download. These resources are designed to accompany rather than replace the most effective form of invitation: a warm personal invitation. Feel free to edit them to your liking.

The files are print-ready .pdf and can be edited in the editable box to add church information, or further edited in Adobe Illustrator/In Design. Churches than can edit the files themselves and use their chosen printing solution. Local is usually best, but cheaper prices can be found online with options like Vistaprint.

 

 

 

Christmas Resources 2019

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Taking Church On The Run – helping people find purpose in their passion.

During a dark night of anguish and disappointment Jimmy Brown felt the strong call of God, to relinquish his paid role as a Baptist minister, and to reach a specific group of people he had grown to love: runners. In this interview Jimmy outlines the genesis on a unique church plant and the biblical and missional principles behind it.

You can find out more about Runner Church from their website, which contains some helpful tools for this ministry to be replicated. The principles behind this form of church plant are transferrable. Any particualr niche sub culture can be reached using these principles. You can also follow their Facebook page here.