Mark Broadbent and his team in Brisbane aren’t taking a backward step when it comes to church planting and when it comes to targeting their churches towards youth and young adults. In a relatively short space of time Life Point Christian Church has grown to four congregations including a youth church. We spoke to Mark the church nerve centre about the methodology and ambitions of this highly evangelistic church. (more…)
How do you do church in a mining boom town where everything works on a 12 hour shift and its impossible to get everyone in the same place at the same time? In mining towns life is very different from the rest of the world. It is into this context that Ron and Paula Turner have moved so that they can engage in church planting in the new boom towns where a lot of money is being made but a lot of lives are being ruined as well.
She’s overdressed, over-hyped and soon to be over here on a mini-tour. She made a brief appearance during my sermon this Sunday night as well. In an attempt to engage my audience, I inquired as to who people would choose if they could have somebody famous over to their house to share a meal with some friends. “Lady Gaga!” gushed one girl to the guffaws of those around her. She seemed oblivious to the distaste that some have for the Lady (particularly within the refined environs of a Baptist church). I realised there and then that perhaps the Lady has more sway in terms of communication in this particular young life than I do – or any other preacher for that matter. The Lady Gaga phenomenon is still growing. Andrew Grant is still watching, listening and analysing. Here’s his latest deconstruction of the Lady: (more…)