The Gospel of course is no joke, and nor is critical human need that it addresses. However, humour may well be an effective cultural key that can lead to a greater openness to hear and consider the Gospel. (more…)
At first glance the operation of QCCC consists of conference and camping centres that generate a lot of money that the Baptist denomination find useful to fund mission. At second glance the commercial activity of QCCC is mission itself. (more…)
Many Christians view their pastor as having a ‘calling’, whilst they just ‘work’. Every now and then they get to ‘witness’ at work. But what if your work is your calling just as important as that of a pastor? (more…)
Sitting in the foyer of the Goodlife Centre for just a few minutes gives you a good picture of how much Goodlife Church is the heart of its local community in Buderim Pines on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. From young kids with skateboards in tow heading to the skate bowl, all the way through to retirees (more…)
The Five Habits of Highly Missional People, is a book written by Michael Frost about the BELLS method for sharing your faith. It is a “handy tool for mobilizing Christians up, in and out into mission. That is, up into deeper connection with the Triune God; in to a stronger sense of community with other believers; and out into the neighborhood.” 1
The books sets out “a simple, easy-to-adopt set of habits that unleash essential missional values like engagement with neighbours, connection with each other, a deeper experience of God’s leading, a stronger understanding of the Gospel, and a framework for identifying ourselves as missionaries.“2
This reasonably short, useful book sets out both the why, and how-to of this principle and could be worked through as a group, or an individual. It also includes an “Accountability Form” at the end to help you work through some practical actions steps to begin implementing the BELLS principle of habits in your life.
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1, 2: Quotes from Michael Frost in the introduction to “The Five Habits of Highly Missional People”
Greater Western Sydney for Christ is a unique initiative using church collaboration and business ventures as part of a vision to reach GWS. This includes a nursery, landscaping, church planting, and a Bible College. GWFC seeks to reach and transform suburbs situated from Parramatta to Blackheath, north and south of the Great Western Highway for Christ. This is done primarily by encouraging local churches and ministries, giving them resources, and planting more churches. checkout the thinking behind the ventures that form GWFC. (more…)
All around Australia in local Baptist churches are connecting with youth and providing a safe context within which young people can grow and encounter faith. Luke Bartlett, Youth Pastor of Narwee Baptist Church explains the strategic approach to working with young people and developing leaders. This video was shown at REVIVE Conference.
Baptist churches have become very good at connecting with their local community and building relationships throughout their local communities but what about when it comes to being able to explain the reasons for the hope they have found in Jesus? (more…)
Evangelism in the Australian context is especially difficult given the reticence of Australians to openly talk about spirituality. Churches do underestimate the huge step people need to take in order to go from having no spiritual interest, to doing one of the popular evangelistic courses. We expect that people will come into our environment (many of whom never darken the door of a church), listen to us the ‘experts’, and then make a decision to believe what we believe. (more…)
Often when we think of evangelism we think of strategies, programs, leading people to Jesus courses, massive outdoor events, preaching the gospel. But how often do we think of prayer in that mix? We pray for our family, our church, our work, our health but how often do we focus on and spend extended periods of prayer for those who are not yet Christians? Check out our resource for churches to mobilise their people into evangelistic prayer here.