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…)

Jesus the Bloke

It’s not often that in a book about Jesus the first chapter starts off with a quote from the famous Australian film The Castle. That was enough to catch my eye and convince me to read further. (more…)

the art of… transformation (part 3)

In only a few weeks from now, we will once again be sitting around the Christmas tree opening up our presents, singing Christmas carols, eating roast dinners and enjoying everything there is to enjoy about Christmas. It’s a scary thought isn’t it? (more…)

Mission Is No Longer Optional – How Baptists Need To Grow

There may have been a time when you could take for granted that a church could exist forever. That is no longer the case. Demographics and trends in the Australian population as well as trends within the Baptist movement of churches indicate that we are entering an era where the lifecycle of many churches may reach the end of the bell curve and simply stop. (more…)

Hospitality and Evangelism – A Lost Secret?

Domestic hospitality is a hallmark of the people of God throughout the Bible. (more…)

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…)

The Power Of Hospitality As Mission

At first glance the operation of QCCC consists of conference and camping centres that generate a lot of money that the Baptist denomination find useful to fund mission. At second glance the commercial activity of QCCC is mission itself. (more…)

8 Ways For Churches To Respond To Halloween

Churches are highly resistant to Halloween, for a range of good reasons. I won’t preach to the converted on all the worrying aspects of Halloween. But if our response is to hide behind locked doors and closed curtains in darkened rooms are we missing out on a fantastic opportunity to engage missionally in our local community? (more…)

Jesus the Game Changer Church Campaign 2018

Hi, Karl Faase here, and I’d like to introduce to you a national campaign in the lead up to Easter in 2018. It will start on the 25 February and go through to Easter Sunday. This is a great opportunity to influence our communities with the message of Jesus. (more…)

Learning From Mission In The Majority World – with Graham Hill

When accomplished academic and author Graham Hill was told by his family that nobody wanted to read his books he knew that he had to learn new media skills in order to connect with people and pass on critical information that can help shape mission. That determination has led to an epic global exploration that is unearthing a treasure trove of interviews and perspectives. (more…)