Health Check for Churches

We all know that it takes effort and attention to maintain a vital and healthy marriage relationship. An important part of that process is having regular relationship ‘health checks’. In a similar way, it is good for churches to have regular health checks to maintain wellbeing and effectiveness. (more…)

Opening our eyes

Pastors love lightbulb moments. Those moments where an insight or a revelation helps make the task of understanding and leading a church community more informed. Craig Corkill, Senior Pastor at Narara Valley Baptist Church had one of those moments in 2011 and it has helped change how he thinks about church and community. Perhaps Craig’s lightbulb moment could lead to one of your own?  (more…)

Mission Is No Longer Optional – How Baptists Need To Grow

There may have been a time when you could take for granted that a church could exist forever. That is no longer the case. Demographics and trends in the Australian population as well as trends within the Baptist movement of churches indicate that we are entering an era where the lifecycle of many churches may reach the end of the bell curve and simply stop. (more…)

Research Driven Mission: NCLS focused PRAC Magazine

One of the keys to effective ministry is understanding the context that is the focus of your ministry and mission. This is obvious as it relates to the community that is the focus of our church’s outreach ministry. However it is also critical to have an overview of what is happening inside the faith community, the church. This is one of the great benefits of involvement in the National Church Life Survey, (more…)

The facts about your area: do you really know them?

Do you have the facts about the community you are seeking to reach? When Paul went into Athens, he had no population data or demographic profiles to help him. But it is abundantly clear that he took time and care to observe the nature of the community into which he took the gospel.

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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…)