Category Archives: Seminars on Church Planting

A Clear Call: UCA Mission & Evangelism Conference

A Clear Call is a national conference for the Uniting Church to have opportunity to engage in how we share our faith contextually where we each live, love and have our being. Our hope is that it will engage heart, mind and practical applications of sharing the great love of God that was first extended to us.

It is for everyone who would like to share their faith and would benefit from conversation, information and practical examples. It is for all people: lay people, ordained, teams, young adults, all cultures and the full spectrum of theology of the Uniting Church.

It will be be fun, deep, thoughtful, energetic, thought provoking and practical. It will approach faith-sharing from every angle.

This will be an excellent conference for anybody interested in exploring mission and evangelism.  it’s in Adelaide 28-30 March 2014. Head over to the website for more information and to register, or to the event facebook page to interact with others thinking of attending.


next1000 is a partnership of individuals, churches and organizations actively committed to planting one thousand new Australian churches. The initial gathering of the network was called together in August this year by Steve Addison, of CRM Australia, Tim O’Neill (Ignite), Steve Hall and Wayne Krause. 30 people gathered in Sheffield, Tasmania to map out a vision for an Australian church planting movement.

next1000 now has a web site,, with networking information and resources for church planting. Steve sets out the vision for next 1000 in his free downloadable e-book, available from the web site.

The framework for the next1000 vision spills out of the CRM Matrix Church Planting Movement process that birthed ‘Seeds of Hope’. The eight key factors identified for strategic development are:

  1. Leading: casting vision for church planting movements
  2. Recruiting: finding the leaders we need now
  3. Selecting: choosing the right people
  4. Coaching: empowering church planters
  5. Equipping: training church planters and their teams
  6. Farming: growing the leaders of the future
  7. Parenting: enabling healthy churches to reproduce
  8. Sustaining: funding a church planting movement

The next event in the next1000 movement is a national summit being held at Stanwell Tops, south of Sydney, February 28 – March 2, 2007.
Pre-summit Coach Training February 27 – 28, 2007. Liam Glover from NCD Australia will equip coaches in the application of Natural Church Development to church planting. Steve Addison will lead a workshop on coaching church planters.

Planning To Plant Conferences

Martin Robinson will be speaking at seven one-day conferences in Australia focusing on church planting, between Saturday 3 February and Thursday 15 February, 2007.

Martin Robinson, the National Director of Together in Mission in the UK, will be looking at key elements involved in preparing to plant a new church or congregation. Topics will include church/congregation planting models, researching an area or target group, developing a church planting vision and strategy and enthusing others about it, building and training a core team, evangelising an area/target group, holding onto new converts and contacts prior to starting public meetings.

Sydney – Saturday 3 February, St Pauls’ Chatswood Anglican Church

Perth – Tuesday 6 February – South Perth Church of Christ

Adelaide – Wednesday 7 February – Holy Trinity Church

Hobart -  Thursday 8 February – Holy Trinity Church

Melbourne – Tuesday 13 February, Glen Waverley Anglican Church

Canberra – Wednesday 14 February, Hughes Baptist Church

Brisbane – Thursday 15 February, Ashgrove Baptist Church

The conferences are being organised by Gospel Outreach Ministries, an interdenominational organisation based in Sydney. Greg Middleton, founder and executive officer, works with Stuart Robinson, senior minister of Chatswood Anglican Church in Sydney and National Mission Facilitator for the Anglican General Synod, Peter Kaldor, and Ian Harrison.

Download the registration form (126 kb pdf document) from Gospel Outreach Ministries.

Forge Pioneering Leadership Intensive

Forge Missional Training Network, Queensland, is hosting Lloyd Martin, Darryn Altclass and Alan Hirsch for four days of training intensives. There’s still plenty of room for extra participants.

Friday 27 October

Darryn Altclass on How to start a Church Plant, how to lead one
Lloyd Martin on Challenges of mission in post-modern contexts

Saturday 28 October
Darryn Altclass on Strategic missional leadership
Lloyd Martin on models for working with young people in community context, and connecting with people in crisis

Monday 30 October
Lloyd Martin on building community, self care out on the edge
Duncan Macleod on servant mission leadership
Alan Hirsch – The forgotten ways – Missional DNA 1

Tuesday 31 October
Alan Hirsch – The forgotten ways – Missional DNA 2 & 3
David Chatelier – Personal stories of mission/evangelism
Steve Turner – Open Forum

Speaker Profiles

Lloyd Martin with coffee cupLloyd & Anthea Martin live in Porirua, a vibrant, poor, multicultural, migrant suburb of Wellington (NZ), where they work in the community, experiment with new ways of doing church, and bring up their kids plus various animals.

Lloyd coordinates Praxis, a network of Christian practitioners in youth and community work, which exists to help others get started in walking with Jesus in their communities. He teaches and writes about working alongside fragile young people and communities. Although he is not as fast around the soccer field as he used to be, Lloyd is blessed with the ability to put goals away with either foot.

Lloyd is the author of One Faith: Two Peoples, an insightful exploration of the development of indigenous approaches to faith among Evangelical Maori Christians in Aotearoa New Zealand. More recently Lloyd published The Invisible Table, a youthwork textbook used in New Zealand.

Darryn Altclass is based in Hobart, Tasmania. Darryn is involved with Forge nationally and is also involved with third place communities in Hobart. Third Place Communities is a collective of missionaries & mission-communities who share & incarnate Jesus in local third places through participating in the social rhythms & practicing the presence of Christ.

Alan Hirsch speaking in Melbourne Alan Hirsch is the national director of Forge Mission Training Network, a specialist missional leadership development system focused on the emerging missional church. Alan was also the Director of Missional Development for the Churches of Christ in Vic./Tas. and team leader of Restoration Community Network, a movement of churches reaching fringe sub-cultures in inner-city Melbourne. He was a founding member of the International Missional Team, a mission strategy think-tank among Churches of Christ in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

Alan has co-authored with Michael Frost a book called The Shaping of Things to Come, on missional church in the incarnational mode.

To register for the Pioneering Leadership Intensive, phone Kelly Edginton 0422 407 859.

Reframe in November

Reframe CoverReframe, a weekend for people interested in the development of new missional communities and fresh expressions of church, is being held at Frederick Marsden Centre, Friday to Sunday November 3 – 5. The weekend is led by Duncan Macleod, Vision for Mission Advocate, and will focus on developing missional communities based on the life and teaching of Jesus.

Cost for the weekend: $85 per adult, $50 per child, covers accommodation and meals from Friday evening through to Sunday lunch.

Venue is Frederick Marsden Youth Centre, 10 Narangba Rd, Kallangur, just north of Brisbane. There is room for up to 75 guests. The grounds include spacious shaded lawn areas, a quiet rural setting, an oval with cricket pitch, a volleyball court, secure swimming pool, a full size tennis court and off street parking for cars and coaches. The recreation room has a pool table, air hockey and table soccer. Participants will need to bring their own bedding.
Download a programme flyer, and a registration form and register your interest with Duncan Macleod, 0439 828 718.

Forge National Summit 2007

Forge Missional Training Network is holding its second national summit next year, “Dangerous Stories 2″, March 9 – 11, Melbourne. Guest speakers are Brian McLaren (USA), Michael Frost (Australia), Darryl Gardiner (New Zealand), and Wolfgang Simson (Germany).

Dave Minett is the point person and can be contacted at (03) 9923 7383 or by email: daveminett at

Postcard for Forge Summit

Forge July Intensive

Forge Queensland is hosting a missional training intensive in July, focusing on radical discipleship, the Spirit and sustainability.

July Thursday 7 – Friday 8 will focus on ‘simple church’, and will be led by Tony and Felicity Dale from House2House Ministries. 9.30 – 5 pm at Hercules Rd State Primary School, Kippa-Ring. There will be an open evening program on Thursday night. Contact Bruce Moore: hopecommunity at or mobile 0409 545 063 for more details.

July 8, Friday evening will feature Peter Breen speaking on ‘Christ the emergent artist in the emergent culture’. 7.15 pm at Jugglers Art Space, 103 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley.

July 10 – 11 will feature Stephen Said and Dave Andrews from TEAR Australia. 9.30 am – 5 pm at Gateway Baptist, 1052 Mt Gravatt Capalaba Rd, Mackenzie, Brisbane.

To register conctact Kelly Edington: kellyedington at or mobile 0422 407 859. Registration forms can be downloaded as a Word document here: July Registration.

Forge Intensive Promo

Home Church Forum Day

On Thursday July 6 Tony and Felicity Dale will be sharing on the international home church at meetings in North Lakes.

Tony and Felicity DaleTony and Felicity are medical doctors originally from the UK. After seeing God moving in amazing ways in home churches among their medical friends and associates over several years, they felt very strongly called by the Lord to move to Texas, USA. House2House magazine and ministry have been a means of encouragement and blessing to many across the world. Tony and Felicity have worked with Rolland Heidi Baker in Mozambique and have recently conducted meetings in Pakistan amongst home church planters.

Details for the Day

7.30 am Pastors and Leaders Breakfast
Dash Coffee Shop, Westfield SHopping Centre, North Lakes Drive, Mango Hill.

10 am to 5 pm Main Sessions
Hercules Rd State School Assembly Hall, Hercules Rd, Kippa Ring, Redcliffe
Cost $25 per person, $40 per couple. Bring your own lunch or buy at the local food court.

7.30 – 9.30 pm Open Evening
Hercules Rd State School Assembly Hall, Hercules Rd, Kippa Ring, Redcliffe
Free Entry

Contact Bruce Moore, (local) 0433 194 175 or Bessie Pereira (OIKOS) on (03) 9893 2649.

Unleashing the Mission-shaped Church


A one day workshop on church planting featuring George Lings, Bob and Mary Hopkins from the UK.

Thursday 15 June, 9 am – 4.30 pm
St Francis Theological College – 233 Milton Rd, Milton, Brisbane

George Lings is the Director of the Sheffield Centre in the UK. His work in discerning the evolving mission of the church is highly regarded by church leaders and missional practitioners. George was instrumental in the production of The Mission Shaped Church report and is the editor of the periodical Encounters on the Edge George is widely respected in the field of church planting and new forms of church as a consultant, trainer and writer.

Bob and Mary Hopkins head up Anglican Church Planting Initiatives (ACPI) in the UK – an organisation they founded 17 years ago. They have recently joined the Archbishop of Canterbury’s newly formed Fresh Expressions team alongside Steve Croft. They have a wide ministry of consultation and training in the areas of church planting, cell church development and fresh expression of church.

The workshop is being sponsored by Church Army Australia, Gospel Outreach Ministries and the Task Force on Mission (Anglican General Synod).

Cost is $90, or $65 for students or members of a group of 5 participants or more. Register by downloading the brochure from Vision for Mission or by phoning the conference office (02 4759 1363). Registrations close on Friday June 2.

Neil Cole on Organic Church

Here’s a post from Pacific Highlander, April 3.

I spent three days at an ‘Organic Church Planters’ Greenhouse’ seminar last week. Neil Cole, from Los Angeles, was being hosted by Church Multiplication Associates, Australia to introduce church planters to the principles of organic church, simple church.

Neil Cole listening Rather than developing new churches around a meeting place, ‘organic church’ is developed in the marketplace. Churches are seeded, germinated and grown in the soil of relational networks. Because there is little expectation of employing staff or purchasing buildings the model is relatively inexpensive. Primary leadership is provided by an ‘apostolic team’ rather than by a pastoral teacher. The attraction to this approach to church is obvious life transformation rather than felt need programming.

What I found most helpful in the three day seminar was the inspiration of the stories of innovative, down-to-earth church plants that were based on the changed lives of new converts. It was tempting to dismiss them as stories that could never happen in Australia.

A key part of Neil’s approach is relational. I picked up the virus of focused intercessory prayer. I’ve now put appointments into my mobile phone in which I commit myself for praying for my family, for my relational network, and for the discovery and recruitment of people who will ‘work in the harvest’. Neil wasn’t afraid of talking. But he was also committed to listening.

I’ll put another couple of posts on the seminar up this week as I find the time.