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…)
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…)
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…)
This years Crossover Easter Offering video features people from across our movement of churches engaged in various forms of evangelistic ministry – who have all been invested in thanks to the generosity of people and churches in the annual Easter Offering. These people represent a sample of the tangible outcomes of how Crossover invests funds donated each year.
After 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…)
There 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
What does a Baptist church do with someone within the congregation who is identified as an evangelist? Do they send them off to a para-church organisation where they can feel more at home, or utilise them within the church. How do evangelists fit in to the church context which often revolves around the ‘found’ rather than the lost, around pastoral care as opposed to reaching out? (more…)
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…)
The headlines screamed “Australia Loses Faith”. But is that what the recent census data really tells us? I had a conversation with Eric Love, a brilliant statistician, to get at the story behind the numbers. Here’s what I found out… (more…)
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…)