Small Church, Big Challenges; Great God, New Vision

Broadview Baptist is an inner-suburb church in Adelaide with a congregation of mainly seniors, that has recently struggled for critical mass. They are alive to God and have not been afraid to ask the big questions! (more…)

The partnership model

Australia has become the second most cosmopolitan nation in the world. 1 As immigration has increased, Australian communities have become culturally more diverse. In the U.S., Harvey Conn, in his introduction of Manuel Ortiz’s book One New People, points out that Sunday morning is the most segregated hour of the week because Christians tend to gather in ethnic groups.2  Our churches must respond to these changes in the particular contexts in which they are situated. There are doorways for welcoming and engaging in multicultural mission. (more…)

Unity in diversity: a different model of church

We believe that God is calling us to be a healing, serving, international, Christ-centred community; maintaining unity, valuing diversity, and growing in maturity in Christ. (WRBC vision statement). (more…)

Crossing borders

Multi-cultural and ethnic churches face a number of communicate challenges.  How do we engage in a bilingual congregation? What about second generation youth who don’t quite fit in one culture or another? How do we cross the border and minister effectively in these contexts?  (more…)