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. (more…)
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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
The Best Second Chance
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.
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.
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.
The best friend request you’ll ever get
Is chocolate all you’re getting this Easter?
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:
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
We’re pretty good as a movement when it comes to encouraging our members to ‘witness at work’. Increasingly we are even becoming open to entrepreneurial activities, often connected to the funding of mission. But what if the work of each of our members was seen as a calling as valid as that of the pastor? What if enterprise itself is mission, rather than just funding mission or a context in which you can do mission? In our latest iDeas video edition we examine three particular contexts that help us explore the place of enterprise as mission. (more…)
‘The Other Story’ videos are powerful and moving 3 minute spoken word poems illustrated through video. They contrast the ‘other’ story of Christmas/Easter respectively, with the usual hustle and bustle of these commercialised celebrations.
The Other Story videos are designed for people who do not follow to Jesus, to help them discover the real meaning behind Christmas/Easter, (more…)
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…)
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…)