Is there a most proven method of successful church planting? During the 80s and 90s the emphasis was on planting community churches. This involved complex programming and community centre type properties – both expensive. Since the late 90s the model has been smaller groups and more relational activities – rather than programs. The environment has… Continue reading
Having been asked a series of questions about church planting, I thought the responses may generate other helpful comments. The questions are relevant to all, although this time raised by Adventist planters. How successful have Adventist church plants been in Australia? If successful – Why? If not – why? In most States church planting has… Continue reading
Easter Saturday the SOS plant at Southend went out onto the streets – singing, sharing; providing an 8-point health check, ‘citizen’s advice’, an ADRA water pump demonstration (popular with the children), hot drinks etc. One of the organizers, Dr Colin Gordon, says: ‘An estimated 3,000 people benefitted from the day’s program!’ See SOS
Great observation from Peter Hobbs (e/m), Salvation Army planter on the Bellarine Peninsula, (Vic, Australia): ‘After nearly 4½ years of sowing with unbelievers in the community we are starting to see these “unchurched” believers stepping up in leadership roles within our plant. Now with a majority from outside church culture our ‘church’ looks nothing like… Continue reading
FIJI Pacific Reach Church Planting Movement – 13-19 July 2014 at Fulton College, Sabeto, Fiji: I will join other facilitators, equipping young adults to plant churches in villages across the Pacific. The vision of the Adventists in the Pacific is for each local church to have a planting project. There are only limited spaces available… Continue reading
Your opportunity to visit Jordan and Israel – and walk where Jesus walked. For more information!
Some thought missional might be another fad – but, it is not proving to be! Yes, some terms pass their use-by-date. Emerging church was a great term – church from below, connected with the past and also the future! However, it was damaged from within and without – even negatively impacting the term emerging missional… Continue reading
On Saturday I spoke at the Adventist church in Benalla (VIC). A great little town, a neat country church – close to the town centre; and a warm welcome given to all who came near the place! A simple Bible study and worship experience – singing led by a little family, with the husband/father playing… Continue reading
Check out Simon Smart’s comment on Who’s Bigger: Where Historical Figures Really Rank – a great Christmas read!
The Woy Woy Anglican Church (NSW, Australia) website has a great description of Messy Church – a creative family (even New Testament household) way of doing church!