How the church grew: Sandy Beach

Sandy Beach Baptist Church lies 20 minutes north of Coffs Harbour in New South Wales. It began as a non denominational church in 1990 and joined the Baptist Union of NSW in 1993. It was planted in one of the lowest income areas of the country, according to census figures, with more than double the national average unemployment. That and the lethargic coastal lifestyle have made ministry quite a challenge over the past decade and a half. Nevertheless, the church has witnessed an increase in attendance from 20 to 70 over the past five years. Pastor Terry Allen shares something of the journey as they have sought to revitalise their church.  (more…)

Sparking creative missional thinking

The journey of those seeking to embrace the missional church approach is often a very confronting experience to say the least. The younger generations seem to embrace this way more readily than slightly older pilgrims. One reason is that the emerging missional church speaks easily into their lifestyle and cultural framework. For slightly older and more crusty ecclesiological enthusiasts (like me), it is a tad more difficult as there is the need to “let go” entirely of the paradigms for doing church that have shaped many of us over the years and to learn a very different method and way.  (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…)