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…)

Busselton Baptist Free Fun Fair

When Busselton Baptist Community Church moved from rented rooms in a child care centre to their own purpose-built Community Centre six years ago, they wanted to make a splash in the community to mark the long-anticipated event. It was decided to hold a “Free Fun Fair” on the opening weekend and this “one off” event was such a success that it has happened every year since. The splash, you might say, is still making ripples. (more…)

A mission in coffee

My journey over the last few years has been an interesting one. On the one hand, I’ve achieved a lot; I’ve been stretched and challenged, and I’ve grown as a person. On the other hand, I have made sacrifices, lost friends, and been judged by fellow Christians. All this has happened through my work with coffee. Having been named “World Latte-Art Champion” and “Australian Barista Champion,” I now consult to cafes and coffee roasting companies around the world as a barista and sensory expert. (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…)