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…)

Dangerous Faith Finds A Safe Home

An inspiring story of a couple who found Christ in a dangerous place to confess belief in Christ, and how they have found a new family to connect with in Australia in a church that has reached out to them. (more…)

PRAC Magazine – The Evangelists Edition

The latest PRAC Magazine edition focuses on the ministry of the evangelist and the place of the evangelist in local Baptist churches. What happens when you wake up one day to realise that the whole purpose of entering into ministry has changed without you realising it? How do you relate to the Gospel to street sub culture? What happens when you build a sports centre instead of a church? What is a 3rd place ministry and what happens in them? How do you engage people who are not even used to talking let alone talking about spirituality? (more…)

Dennis Pethers Evangelism Tour Dates 2013

Dennis PethersAfter a successful tour of Australia sponsored by Crossover and Lifeway Publishers in 2010, Crossover is pleased to announce a 2013 tour.  Dennis will be conducting a range of meetings with church leaders and churches in WA, VIC, TAS, NSW and QLD. In addition Dennis is our guest speaker at our first Emerging Evangelists Conference in Melbourne on 5-6 August. (more…)

PRAC Autumn Edition – Missional Children’s and Youth Ministry Feature

PRAC_AUTUMN_2013There can be little doubt that one of the ongoing major issues for the future of the local church is the vitality of its ministry to children and youth. Local Baptist churches have traditionally been well engaged in this area of focused ministry. However, the decline in church attendance, falling from 25% of the Australian population in 1990 to 15% in 2011 (NCLS Survey 2011), highlights the increasing need for our children and youth programs to be more purposefully focused on reaching the kids of our districts who are increasing unlikely to be associated with church attendance activities.

This edition of PRAC raises the issue of what it will take to see our kids’ ministries being more genuinely missional.  Is it possible that traditional ministries such as playgroups and Brigades can be re-engineered to reach families for Jesus? The short answer is yes. The articles in this PRAC highlight how two local Baptist churches, Caringbah in Sydney and South Pine in Brisbane, have seen traditional children/youth ministries reconfigure to impact families for Jesus.to impact families for Jesus. Click on the link to download this edition: PRAC Autumn 2013

 

Research Reveals Hidden Potential In Baptist Churches

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By Stan Fetting (Crossover Operations Manager)

Crossover invested heavily in the 2011 National Church Life Survey to commission research to help understand the potential and opportunities that exist for evangelism and church planting within our movement of churches.  In addition to the standard NCLS questionnaire Crossover commissioned a further ten Baptist specific questions.  The findings will help the leadership at all levels understand more about how we are doing as a movement and what opportunities we can grasp. The good news on the question of church planting is that we have plenty of potential represented in the significant amount of people in our churches who are prepared to be engaged.  The question posed was “If you had the opportunity, would you support and/or become an active participant in the planting of a new church?”. The results are encouraging. (more…)

God of Adventure

A pastor recently asked: ‘Where in the Bible do you find camping culture mentioned?’ Well, I’m glad he asked because I’ve been reading an excellent book by Bruce Dunning called ‘God of Adventure’ which establishes the biblical validity of ‘Christian Adventure Learning’, arguing a case that liminality (conscious awareness) and adventure learning combine to be one of God’s principle tools to connect with his people, challenge them, and have them participate in his redemptive purpose for his creation. (more…)

Missional Conversation

Good ministry practitioners are in constant conversation about ministry strategy and principles, and in particular, about how to get the Good News of the Gospel across to the people we connect with. One particular conversation that has been going for over a decade now is the missional conversation. Crossover has developed a DVD resource designed to help churches, in particular leadership and ministry teams, to ask and discuss the hard questions about their mission strategy in a post-God generation. (more…)

British Baptists to become a more mission-focused movement

The Baptist Union of Great Britain (BUGB) is to change some of its structures and ways of working as it seeks to become a more mission-focused movement. At their meeting in June, Baptist Union Council agreed the key framework for developing a new future. In many respects this marks a beginning and not an end – “we want to organise ourselves differently as a Baptist community; as we do so, we believe this will generate significant change but this will happen with time, and will be rooted in the life and vision of local Baptists, not determined and imposed from any central body.” (more…)

The Church’s Voice In A Divided Australia

Australia is going through an interesting phase in its history, and so is the church.  The Left vs Right divide in politics seems as strong as ever evidenced in the debate over carbon tax and refugee asylum policy.  During this particular phase in politics the Greens (thanks to their partnership in a minority government) have been able to advance agendas that have elevated the debate on gay marriage in particular. The secular attack on the church is strong and fought on many fronts. As a movement of churches we find it hard to have collective voice on issues because of the autonomous nature of our structure. However, many of these issues need to be addressed if we are in the business of applying our beliefs and convictions to the issues of the day. Part of the challenge lies in learning how to communicate in the new digital world and choosing which hill to die on. (more…)