Coffee Chaplains

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Coffee Chaplaincy is a ministry to patients in the mental health wards at the hospital in Nambour, Queensland. Our teams of Coffee Chaplains visit the ward one morning a week to serve beautiful cappuccinos and designer coffees.  (more…)

Time with the President

At the end of November 2008, the Presidency of the Baptist Union of Australia passed to Rev. Dr John Beasy. John is also Chairman of the Crossover Task Force, so PRAC decided to throw a few questions his way to help us get to know something of his vision for the future.  (more…)

In the midst of meltdown

In the midst of a meltdown: What does my faith have to do with my financial situation? How does the GFC influence Christians? How can we respond?

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Flying Solo

“I joined the Flying Solo Group at Rowville Baptist Church about 18 months ago. Being a single mother returning to the area, I found that I was isolated and lonely. I needed support and companionship. This group is the highlight of our week. The wonderful volunteers take care of our children, give us morning tea and are always there to support us. I have made many new friends from this group and enjoy the various different activities that are organised for us each week.” —Elizabeth (more…)

Money matters from the bible

Extensive media coverage has been given to the current global economic downturn and many Australian businesses and households are feeling its affect. How does the Bible shape our view of these challenging economic times? How does its message contrast with a culture of materialism, greed and debt?  (more…)

Advance or Survive?

Future prospects for the Baptist Church in Australia.

In 1831, Australian Baptists held their first church service in the Long Room of Sydney’s Rose and Crown Inn. From there, the denomination grew and spread throughout Australia, as its faithful members preached the Gospel, pioneered new churches, and helped to shape an emerging nation. So where is the Baptist Church in Australia today? And where might we be in the future?

This article highlights seven trends and seven issues I believe we need to tackle in order to advance, not merely survive.  (more…)

Keeping pace with population growth

“Surely there is no vocation, no vision, no commitment more precious to God. Surely there is nothing more significant to humanity than the multiplication of redeemed communities of people who love the Lord with all their heart, mind and strength, and who also love their neighbour”  (more…)

Church Planting: Western Style

We are experiencing unprecedented population growth and prosperity in Western Australia. God is putting a great opportunity before us. In the words of CJ Tinsley, “We must evangelise or fossilize, we must become a mission force or a mission field.” (more…)

Mainly Music

How does a local church make a connection with families in its neighbourhood who don’t know, or don’t care, that it exists? (more…)

Running alongside your community

In 2009 PRAC interviewed Stan Fetting, then Senior Pastor of South Pine Community Church in Queensland and running coach; now Crossover’s Operations Manager, and running coach/Gym owner. While pastoring this church for the previous eight years, Stan has developed an interesting missional sideline based around his passion for running. And we’re not talking about the occasional jog here… (more…)