Health Check for Churches

We all know that it takes effort and attention to maintain a vital and healthy marriage relationship. An important part of that process is having regular relationship ‘health checks’. In a similar way, it is good for churches to have regular health checks to maintain wellbeing and effectiveness. (more…)

Opening our eyes

Pastors love lightbulb moments. Those moments where an insight or a revelation helps make the task of understanding and leading a church community more informed. Craig Corkill, Senior Pastor at Narara Valley Baptist Church had one of those moments in 2011 and it has helped change how he thinks about church and community. Perhaps Craig’s lightbulb moment could lead to one of your own?  (more…)

Mission Is No Longer Optional – How Baptists Need To Grow

There may have been a time when you could take for granted that a church could exist forever. That is no longer the case. Demographics and trends in the Australian population as well as trends within the Baptist movement of churches indicate that we are entering an era where the lifecycle of many churches may reach the end of the bell curve and simply stop. (more…)

Research Driven Mission: NCLS focused PRAC Magazine

One of the keys to effective ministry is understanding the context that is the focus of your ministry and mission. This is obvious as it relates to the community that is the focus of our church’s outreach ministry. However it is also critical to have an overview of what is happening inside the faith community, the church. This is one of the great benefits of involvement in the National Church Life Survey, (more…)

Faith Sharing and Invitation Amongst Australian Baptists

Crossover  commissioned a number of “Baptist-only” questions related to evangelism in the 2016 NCLS survey that went to Baptist churches.

The first question related to faith sharing readiness. (more…)

Hospitality and Evangelism – A Lost Secret?

Domestic hospitality is a hallmark of the people of God throughout the Bible. (more…)

Inspiring & Empowering Leadership Culture – expanded PRAC article

As we seek to put our finger on the pulse of Australian Baptist church life, one of the most significant signs of health and vitality is our leadership. (more…)

Participating in the 2016 NCLS

NCLS has become an essential resource for the leadership of local Baptist churches as they seek to be more effective as agents of God’s mission in their local context. At a national level the NCLS research is pivotal to the development (more…)

Your Story – how evangelism has and needs to change in your church

How have you done evangelism in the past in your church? How have things changed? How must things change moving forward? Crossover has developed a resource to help church leaders and key ministry leaders evaluate and discuss how evangelism in their church has changed in response to a changing culture and how the challenges and opportunities our churches face moving forward will lead us to change. (more…)

Looking From The Outside In – How We Come Across To Outsiders

It’s often sobering to listen to a review of how the church is doing, especially from the point of view of an outsider. Christians are pretty good at critiquing the church (some spend more time doing it than is healthy). Often we have to face up to the experiences and perceptions of others that makes for hard reading. It’s pleasant to receive some positive feedback, especially from surprising sources. (more…)