Discipleship for churches is a bit like healthy eating for people: we all know we need to but we don’t necessarily have a plan in place and even if we do it’s something we are going to start ‘next week’. (more…)
Hi, Karl Faase here, and I’d like to introduce to you a national campaign in the lead up to Easter in 2018. It will start on the 25 February and go through to Easter Sunday. This is a great opportunity to influence our communities with the message of Jesus. (more…)
Jake turned up at our house along with his mate Rick in the biggest truck I’d ever seen. Their boss had dispatched them to move our belongings from one house to our next home. Working hard and seldom stopping for a break I was impressed with their work ethic and care for every item. (more…)
If you’re looking for something to read over your Christmas holiday break, or perhaps for a last minute gift idea, we’ve put together a list of Crossover’s top 10 books for the year and where to find out more. (more…)
Churches are increasingly cottoning on to the amazing opportunity that social media presents. Churches are increasingly establishing a presence on Facebook. However, how many people are looking at what they post let alone engaging with them?
The short answer of course is to post engaging content. Easier said than done. Here’s some tips on how to actually engage with people through your social media:
- Ask for a response.
Rather than simply posting something and just leaving it there, ask for a response. You’ll be surprised by the increase in engagement if you ask for a response. People like to give their opinion or to make a comment or contribution, especially if it piques their interest. Sample: “We would like to know what the greatest needs of our community are, what needs do you think there are?”.
2. Tag people.
Tagging people makes posts personal and exposes your content to a much bigger audience. If you tag and invite response then that increases the reach even further. By linking real live people to your content you create more trust and credibility by helping people see the kinds of people you connect with.
3. Use video.
Facebook is seeking to supplant YouTube as the primary home for videos on the internet. Marketing futurists predict that in five years time Facebook will be all video. Apart from uploading pre-filmed video content you can also use Facebook live from events or simply to make spoken content. This helps make a connection with real live people rather than a glossy website. If you don’t have a big budget you can still produce high quality video on a smartphone using a directional mic for under $80.
4. Be humorous.
People have an expectation that church folk are rigid and boring. Most Christians aren’t and most churches are fantastic places to be. In my experience there is a lot of laughter in church communities. Humour will help people see through common preconceptions and expectations. Upset the apple cart and use appropriate humour where possible.
5. Tell stories.
The most successful Facebook page I know is Humans Of New York (HONY). It started off featuring photos of every day people on the streets of NYC with a snapshot of their story. As of writing this article it has 18,072,137 likes. Money can’t buy that, literally it can’t. That is the power of stories told well. Your church is full of stories. They don’t have to be the ‘saved from a life of crime and drugs’ miracles. HONY is about every day people and their stories. People always have and always will take interest in stories. Social proof is important when trying to establish trust and credibility.
6. Unique content.
Simply posting memes isn’t going to do the trick. People’s social media feed is filled with memes, 99% of which were created by someone else and simply re-shared. Make time to create unique content. Post about your events, preview and review them. Celebrate your successes, thank people, express gratitude and model the qualities your church community professes to believe in. Bless people through your content.
7. Post pictures.
Pictures help build a window into which people can see the life of your church. They also provide the capacity for tagging people and interacting with them. If the future of Facebook is video it’s cousin will be pictures and text only will be the forgotten aunt. Don’t be the forgotten Aunt that nobody takes notice of. Be colourful and visual.
How to master social media and technology with low budget equipment and high budget outcomes. A must listen webinar for budget conscious churches who know they need to better with video and social media.
Wednesday 9th November
11am Syd/Melb/Tas — 10am QLD — 9.30am Darwin — 8am Perth — 10.30am Adelaide
Please join our webinar from your computer, tablet or smartphone here: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/805064573
You can also dial in using your phone. Australia +61 2 8355 1034 Access Code: 805-064-573
How to maximise the missional potential of your children & family ministries
Crossover runs a variety of webinars to make our resources more accessible for Baptist Church leaders around Australia. The topics include a range of practical skills (like how churches can use facebook effectively) and support discussion topics – like bi-vocational and church planting hang outs with special guests from the relevant fields to give input and advise from their experiences. (more…)
Norm Nix Scholarship 2015
The annual Norm Nix scholarship is given to assist an Australian Baptist Pastor or theological student in their development as a leader in evangelism, in their ministry context. The scholarship is named in recognition of the outstanding leadership and service of retired Crossover Director Rev. Norm Nix, in encouraging evangelism throughout Australia. (more…)
Picture this… you are taking your ship out to the open seas. There is excitement in the air. As the captain, you have the vision of where you are heading and are in tune with weather patterns and ocean currents. You keep watch of the horizon, for potential changes ahead, and you give instructions to alter the ship’s course as you see fit. You will put this vessel through it’s paces and see it in full flight. A ship in the harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are made for – so the saying goes.
This nautical imagery goes a long way to helping us grasp the spiritual gift of administration and it’s place in the church today. The New Testament provides us with several lists of spiritual gifts used to build up the body of believers. 1 Corinthians 12:27-28 is the only one to mention administration, in the ESV and NASB translations that is. Other translations include words such as leadership (NLT), guidance (NIV), organisers (MSG), leaders (CEV), and governments (KJV). These are all different translations of the Greek word κυβερνήσεις, which has its origin in the word kubernao, meaning ‘to steer’. It implies leadership or governance, and has a literal sense of a helmsman, the person responsible for steering a ship.
Administration is a spiritual gift essential in the life of a gathering of believers as demonstrated in Acts 6. In those days the number of disciples was increasing (6:1). The apostles were responsible not only for preaching and praying but also for the day to day running of the church. Whenever an issue arose ‘on deck’ they would have divert their attention from praying, preaching and charting the course ahead to sort things out. We can only guess at the sort of issues they had to deal with, but we are told of one: a disagreement about the distribution of food among the groups of widows. The apostles sensed that these kind of issues were diverting too much of their time and energy, so they gathered the whole group of believers and instituted the first helmsmen.
There were seven who were selected to serve as the first administrators. They were of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom (6:3). They were called and gifted. They knew their stuff and were bold and courageous in their faith. Stephen, one of those selected for the role, went on to become the first martyr of the early church. And with the appointment of these administrators the number of disciples increased greatly and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith (6:7). How was this possible?
The role of a church administrator is to simplify systems, to serve the various ministries and activities, and release pastors to pray and preach. For a church’s potential to be fully released pastors need to be able to devote their time, energy and effort to vision and charting the course ahead, knowing that their church has the appropriate systems in place which are being overseen by a called and gifted administrator. The pastor at the bridge, telescope in hand, leading the way forward with the administrator at the helm ensuring everything is in place to steer the church in that direction – that’s when we get to see what the church was really made for.
For more on church administration – including the resourcing, networking, and training of church administrators – visit churchadmin.org.au
– Alissa Ryan & Peter Adcock, Greater West For Christ & churchadmin.org.au . For more info you can contact Peter on [email protected]