PRAC Autumn Edition – Missional Children’s and Youth Ministry Feature

PRAC_AUTUMN_2013There 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

 

God’s business or just busyness?

A church I know was running a large and successful Christmas outreach program and one of the church members involved invited her neighbour. She came along and enjoyed it and, afterwards, said to the church member, “That was a great story about the baby in a manger. I’ve never heard it before. Did you write it?”

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The New ‘F’ Word

Where I live the stick family stickers have overtaken the frangipani stickers as the new must have fad to stick on the back of your car.  Some people aren’t happy about it though.  On my morning commute with my daughters in the car I spotted an alternative one last week which featured a mother and father plus two children hanging from gallows and the statement *&%# YOUR FAMILY!  A decade into the new millennium families in secular Australia should be just about extinct by now, after all we no longer conform to ‘outdated’ ideas of what constitutes family don’t we?  Or do we?  (more…)