Enterprise As Mission – Unleashing Your Church’s Entrepreneurs

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…)

Podcast: When the gospel is a laughing matter

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. “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people” said Victor Borge, a Danish comedian, conductor and pianist (1909-2000), affectionately known as The Clown Prince of Denmark. This is especially true in the Australian context.

Although humour occupies an important place in Australian culture, churches have been slow to use humour as a means of breaking down stereotypes of Christians and also as a means of communicating the Gospel. One man who is trying to change that is Nathan Ranclaud, also known on the stand-up comedy circuit as Uncle Nath.

In our August 2018 webinar, Stan interviewed Uncle Nath about the place of comedy in the evangelistic process.

Click here to listen now, or copy and paste this link into your browser: goo.gl/2oCVoo

Click here to read more about Uncle Nath in our August blog

Church As The ‘Local’

Churches are getting better at coffee. We’re a long way from seeing the end of International Roast at the end of a service but more and more churches have made the switch to coffee machines and offering hospitality (at least in terms of coffee) on a par with anywhere else in the local community. But are church cafés merely a convenience for believers to be able to enjoy a brewed coffee (more…)

Your Story – how evangelism has and needs to change in your church

How have you done evangelism in the past in your church? How have things changed? How must things change moving forward? Crossover has developed a resource to help church leaders and key ministry leaders evaluate and discuss how evangelism in their church has changed in response to a changing culture and how the challenges and opportunities our churches face moving forward will lead us to change. (more…)

Baptist Churches Up Close And Personal – What The Research Says

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The National Church Life Survey

How has your church joined the discussion on the results of the National Church Life Survey (NCLS)? What will be your response as a church? As leadership? – to the challenges of evangelism and church planting?

NCLS identified nine core qualities of the church to consider: faith, worship, belonging, vision, leadership, innovation, service, faith-sharing, inclusion. (more…)

Another good idea: calling Charlie

“Jesus’ cry is for you to break the mould of lukewarm faith, to break down the fences and to follow him out into the wild. It will mean rising above the noise and conflicting messages being screamed by the media and often your friends. It will stretch and excite you at the same time; it will take you to places you would have never otherwise gone. It will open your eyes to injustice and to the seemingly hopeless pain of others. Most of all it will inspire you to share the truth with those who don’t know it, because you will no longer be able to contain it.”  (more…)

Lifewell: holistic community ministry

As Christians, we believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ is relevant today and is so in every age. We know Jesus is the answer to our world’s hopelessness and yet, too often, church is not the place people turn to in times of deep need. How do we turn this around? (more…)