Summer Reading List

If you’re looking for something to read over your Christmas holiday break, or perhaps for a last minute gift idea, we’ve put together a list of Crossover’s top 10 books for the year and where to find out more. (more…)

Who, us? We could not possibly plant a church

This weekend our little church is commissioning a family to go and plant a church 300km away. We can’t afford to do this. Not them – two of our best leaders, best givers, and best friends. Not now – as we’re still recovering from two other recent plants and as two of our interns also leave to become pastors elsewhere. Not us – a little church of perhaps 50 on a Sunday. What are we thinking?! Well, I’ll tell you. (more…)

God’s business or just busyness?

A church I know was running a large and successful Christmas outreach program and one of the church members involved invited her neighbour. She came along and enjoyed it and, afterwards, said to the church member, “That was a great story about the baby in a manger. I’ve never heard it before. Did you write it?”

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Missional intelligence gathering

Churches have moved beyond a “bums on seats” approach to evaluating their effectiveness and, when it comes to planning for healthy and highly missional churches, Australians have a gift that the church worldwide is envious of. (more…)

Advance or Survive?

Future prospects for the Baptist Church in Australia.

In 1831, Australian Baptists held their first church service in the Long Room of Sydney’s Rose and Crown Inn. From there, the denomination grew and spread throughout Australia, as its faithful members preached the Gospel, pioneered new churches, and helped to shape an emerging nation. So where is the Baptist Church in Australia today? And where might we be in the future?

This article highlights seven trends and seven issues I believe we need to tackle in order to advance, not merely survive.  (more…)