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18 01, 2017

Reflections on the Australian Fresh Expressions Conference

2020-09-23T15:52:57+10:00 18 January 2017|Categories: Connecting with communities|0 Comments

February 2014 marked a special occasion with the first Australian national Fresh Expressions/Mission Shaped Ministry Conference taking place. Fresh Expressions is a term describing creativity and innovation in approaches to church and faith community. The term emerged from the UK over the last 10 years after a ground-breaking report (Mission Shaped Church) set the Church of England, [...]

18 01, 2017

Regional Profiles: Who lives here?

2020-09-03T12:51:35+10:00 18 January 2017|Categories: Leadership|0 Comments

One of the most helpful things for a local church contemplating how to join with God in mission within the local setting is to put together a statistical profile of their local community. This helps us by making clear just who lives within our neighbourhoods and how the locale is travelling in terms of employment, multiculturalism, education [...]

18 01, 2017

What is Mission Engagement?

2020-09-03T12:49:12+10:00 18 January 2017|Categories: Discipleship|0 Comments

In progressing toward a mission engagement framework within the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod we’re working on language and definitions. A good starting point seems to be to consider … what is mission engagement?  Here’s a draft response to that question. Your comments, questions and suggestions are welcome. What is mission engagement? When we [...]

18 01, 2017

What if? Toowong’s Big Year

2020-09-03T12:47:18+10:00 18 January 2017|Categories: Youth, children and families|0 Comments

Toowong Uniting Church are trialling the A Big Year digital discipleship resource in an all-age pastorate (mid-size group) meeting regularly during 2014. A Big Year is a digital discipleship resource being developed by a partnership that includes the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod. Toowong’s well-established pastorate program includes a number of mid-size groups that [...]

18 01, 2017

Ed Stetzer: Planting new churches in a postmodern age

2020-09-03T12:40:09+10:00 18 January 2017|Categories: Leadership|0 Comments

Ed Stetzer wrote Planting New Churches in a Postmodern Age in 2003 as ‘an instruction book for planting biblically faithful and culturally relevant churches’. Ed has planted churches in New York, Georgia and Pennsylvania. He serves as the Missiologist and Research Team Director at the North American Mission Board in Alpharetta, GA (Southern Baptist) and [...]

18 01, 2017

Stetzer on “Going Missional”

2020-08-19T14:03:27+10:00 18 January 2017|Categories: Discipleship|0 Comments

Ed Stetzer spoke recently at the Transformational Leadership event hosted by Newlife Uniting Church. Along with a whole lot of interesting input around leadership and becoming churches in which transformation happens, Ed walked through the ways in which a church needs to change to become revitalised, to ‘go missional’. Here’s an outline of his comments: [...]

18 01, 2017

Short Stories from NCLS

2020-06-30T11:58:03+10:00 18 January 2017|Categories: Discipleship, Leadership, Youth, children and families|0 Comments

The 2016 National Church Life Survey is coming up this October and many Uniting Church congregations will participate.  In the leadup to this year's survey, NCLS have published a series of short videos outlining some of the things we've learned from the previous (2011) NCLS survey. Some examples include: Views of children in Australian churches Who [...]

11 10, 2016

Anatomy of Team

2020-05-06T15:16:09+10:00 11 October 2016|Categories: Leadership|0 Comments

Over the summer 2011/12, there was a particular music video that went viral, racking up well over 40 million youtube views in just four weeks, and collecting imitations, live performances on US television shows and more (and now some 156 million views!).It’s five people (a Canadian band called Walk off the [...]

18 01, 2017

Creating Collaborative Leaders (Facilitator Training)

2020-05-06T14:34:15+10:00 18 January 2017|Categories: Leadership|0 Comments

A specialist facilitator workshop designed to deepen your personal knowledge and practice of collaborative leadership. And to and equip you to take this knowledge to your own colleagues, clients and communities, to help create collaborative leaders and teams. Presented by Dr Neil Preston, and hosted by Anglican Church Southern Qld Social Responsibilities Committee Date:   [...]

18 01, 2017

DIY Resources

2020-05-06T14:29:47+10:00 18 January 2017|Categories: Discipleship, Leadership|0 Comments

The Centre for Theology and Ministry (UCA Synod of Victoria and Tasmania) have released a huge selection of "DIY" resources to help your congregation and leadership team explore a diverse range of topics. Examples include: - The Changing Face of Church - Biblical perspectives - Theological topics - Role of elders or church council - [...]