When thinking about the future, the science (art? mathematics? guesswork?) of population projections can tell us a lot. How many people are likely to live in a particular place? What kind of housing will they occupy? What jobs will they work in? Will they have kids…and what schools are planned?
All these questions (and the associated answers) can help us think about how we join with God in mission in a particular locality.
And there’s a whole bunch of places where we can start looking for the data. Click through for a few options to pursue when it comes to tracking down population projections for your community. Continue reading →
Last week 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. It (the term) emerged from the UK over the last 10 years after a ground breaking report (Mission Shaped Church) set the Church of England, Methodist and later the United Reformed Church on a path exploring fresh approaches.
One of the training tools developed in the UK to help local leadership groups plan and establish fresh expressions is called Mission Shaped Ministry. The course has been trialled in Australia (specifically in Adelaide, Canberra and Melbourne) by a collaboration of churches (Lutheran, Anglican, Uniting, Baptist at least) over the past few years.
This year’s conference grew from that collaboration and drew a variety of participants including (a) ‘pioneer’ leaders planning or leading ‘fresh expressions'; (b) ministers or leaders of the traditional church wanting to make space for fresh expressions; (c) denominational mission staff; and (d) those who have been involved in the pilot MSM courses.
The gathering was resourced by the UK’s Dave Male and Ben Edson. Dave and Ben both have broad experience in both leading fresh expressions themselves, and in supporting or training other pioneer leaders. Between them they explored a range of topics around the task of pioneering. Here’s a few of the highlights (at least from where I sat): Continue reading →
“Does Leadership Matter? A Retreat exploring power, change and innovation in Christian communities”
Trinity Theological College are offering a 3 day intensive leadership retreat in Townsville in March, 2014.
“Does Leadership Matter?” A retreat exploring power, change, and innovation in Christian communities.
Date: 20-22 March
Location: Townsville – at the Yalga-binbi Institute.
Presenters: Dr Aaron Ghiloni & Mr Scott Guyatt
Who for?: Ministers (continuing education), lay leaders, congregation members interested in exploring the leadership topic
The content of the course includes exploration of leadership models, theology of leadership, contemporary leadership context in the church and a range of workshops to bring a practical edge and valuable take-home ideas and information.
If the full three day retreat is not suitable, the final day (Saturday 22nd) will function as a stand-alone leadership seminar to enable additional participants to join in for the third day only. We’ll finish by 5pm Saturday to enable travel home for Sunday worship, or heading out to watch the Cowboys play on Saturday night.
Please lodge expression of interest, or enquiries for more information with Alice at the College office on 07 3377 9958 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ed Stetzer spoke yesterday 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 some of his outline based on the notes I took (the good stuff from Ed, the errors in translation from me!) in this particular session: