Category Archives: Resources

Generating Regional Profiles

One of the best tools we’ve come across to help you understand your community is the capacity to generate a customised Regional Profile for any area within Queensland.  The document draws on ABS Census data along with a number of other sources and is offered by the Queensland Government Statisticians Office.

The process is a simple one, taking only around five minutes to define the area you are interested in, and then produce the report ready for downloading in PDF format.

Options (apart from defining the geographic area of interest) including choosing what sorts of data you want to consider, with choices including:

  • Demographic data including gender, age, language, culture, dwelling, family
  • Society including education, volunteer, socio-economic indicators
  • Economy including rent, income, employment, occupation, remoteness indicators
  • Industry development including building approvals, residential sales
  • Environment including protected park areas

For all the instructions on how to generate a custom regional profile, read on. Or to figure it our for yourself, head on over to the Regional Profile site and get started. Continue reading

Population Projections: Who’s coming?

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

Regional Profiles: Who lives here?

Screenshot 2014-02-11 14.06.48One 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, how the neighbourhood is travelling in terms of employment, multiculturalism, education and a host more aspects.

Here are four straightforward ways to assemble this kind of data.

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A Big Year: discipleship, digitally.

A Big Year is a new digital discipleship resource aimed at helping small groups explore 12 themes of Christian discipleship over a one-year period.

First developed in 2013 by the team from Postcard Radio, it’s now being further expanded in a partnership that includes the Uniting Church, Synod of Queensland under it’s Grow Faith project.

A Big Year introduces a new theme each calendar month with a short video or audio clip to break open the topic – and then invites participants to participate in a series of challenges to try and explore the topic in real life. Small groups are encouraged to maximise the opportunities to support each other and explore the challenges and topics together.

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Does Leadership Matter?

“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 ttc@ucaqld.com.au

 

UCA Queensland – Christmas/Advent Videos

The Uniting Church Queensland Synod has just released a set of 2013 Christmas/Advent videos containing short reflections on Christmas. The set (currently containing five videos) are now all available to watch on YouTube and download from the Synod website. Here’s an example from the set: