Monthly Archives: October 2005

Michael Duncan on Urban Mission

Michael DuncanMichael will be talking about the challenge of urban mission, sharing from his experience in Manila, Melbourne and Auckland. Michael will be in Brisbane to speak at the Forge Missional Training Intensive on Pioneering Leadership.

Monday Night, November 1,
6.30 – 9 pm at Lion’s Den Cafe
Cost $10
Let me know if you can attend, by Wednesday October 26.
Duncan Macleod (0439 828 718)

From Michael’s website,

Michael Duncan as a young New Zealander caught a vision for the needs of the world. In his early twenties he was converted out of the drug culture and eastern mysticism. After two years of Bible College training in Australia he pastored a growing church in Dunedin before responding to the needs of third world himself.

In 1985 he and his wife, Ruby, with their two children relocated to the Philippines and moved into the very heart of a third world squatter community. For many years they lived and worked among the poor. Michael soon became the Team Leader of the work in Manila.

Their concern was to bring about holistic transformational development and this necessitated being fully engaged in relief work, community development, social justice, evangelism and church planting.

In 1994 the Duncans returned to New Zealand and since then Michael has continued to be involved in urban work both in Australia (Melbourne) and New Zealand (Auckland). He has been a Senior Pastor of churches in both of those cities. Mick Duncan

Since 1976 Michael has also been a speaker in many countries of the world. His own personal testimony, his involvement amongst the very poor of the world and his gifts in communication has taken him to many different groups and places as a communicator. By way of example, last year whilst in Fiji he was invited to speak to the elite group of soldiers imprisoned in Suva who were caught up in the recent coup in that country. And then just recently he had the privilege of speaking to over 100 Hindu students, many of them lepers, whilst in India. And then, very recently, he had the opportunity to speak at a special memorial service In Australia for some of the victims over the Bali tragedy in Indonesia. Michael is often asked to speak to youth conferences, churches and mission gatherings.

Michael has written four books. His most recent book is “Who Stands Out: Discipleship in Difficult Places, published by UNOH Publications (Urban Neighbours of Hope) in August 2005. He asks, ““in a fallen world what can we really trust God for?” providing practical insights, hope and understanding in the midst of our battleground between good and evil.

” Move Out” (1984) and published in the United Kingdom was a call for churches to be involved in the wider world.

A Journey in Development (1987) was a reflection on how best followers of Jesus could work amongst the poor.

“Costly Mission: Following Christ into the slums”, published by MARC/World Vision in the United States, was voted one of the ten most outstanding books in Mission in 1996.

Michael has studied theology and sociology, and has also done work in Ethics and Development Studies at Oxford University. He is currently studying the life of the German activist, Dietrich Bonhoeffer with the Tyndale Graduate School of Theology.

Currently Michael is a `Portfolio Worker’ where he is on contract with a number of organizations assisting them in their strategic direction, leadership and communication. Michael is also a visiting lecturer at a number of colleges in NZ, Australia and elsewhere. His particular passion continues to be as a speaker, calling people and groups to be all that which they were created to be and do.

Bessie Pereira Visit

Bessie PereiraThere are still a few places available at the Seeds of Hope dinner being held Monday October 17, 6.30 pm to 9 pm at Kookaburra Cafe, 280 Given Terrace, Paddington in Brisbane. For a seat phone Duncan Macleod at 3377 9809.

Guest Speaker will be Bessie Pereira, co-ordinator of Oikos Australia, a resourcing network for house churches. A range of meals and drinks will be available to order on the night. See the Kookaburra Cafe web site for more details.

Duncan Macleod writes:

At the Forge National Summit in Melbourne I attended a two-session stream on House Church, hosted by Bessie Pereira and Dave Wilson.

I’m part of a house church network on the Gold Coast, the result of a Uniting Church plant in 2002. I was interested to see what’s being learnt about this approach to church in Australia. Most of what I’ve come across so far has been focused on the cell church model in which small groups feed into a congregational focus. What I’ve been looking for is a network that takes seriously the autonomy of each group, the capacity for the small group to be church.

Bessie Pereira introduced us to OIKOS Australia, a “servant ministry seeking to advance God’s Kingdom purposes in our land by supporting and encouraging Home Churches both within and independent of the traditional church.” Oikos takes its name from the Greek word for household. The network provides relevant news and information for house church members, through a quarterly newsletter, personal contact, pastoral care, seminars and speaking engagements.

The most interesting factor we explored was the dynamic of ‘lounge size’ rather than home. As it’s said on the web site…

“It’s not the venue that is descriptive, but rather the way of ‘being church’. Church sometimes meets in lounge rooms, offices, factories, aged facilities, prisons and even car parks.”

We talked through the temptation for a home church to become inward looking. The vision for mission presented by Bessie was for the home church to provide support for the everyday missional life lived by each person. This has real potential, not only in urban environments but also in the rural setting where people often gather in groups of a dozen or less. Bessie had a good selection of resources for browsing, as well as an unbelievably inexpensive source of Robert Banks’ books on house churches. See Bessie’s paper on house church and mission presented to the Australian Missiology conference in September 2005.