Stetzer on “Going Missional”

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:

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Queensland Community Alliance

In recent months I’ve been privileged to witness the birth of a new initiative in the form of the Queensland Community Alliance.


– a city where strong churches, unions, charities, ethnic associations and other community organisations work together to implement our common values

– a community where we listen to each other’s stories, and these stories inspire us to work together to overcome the pressures we face through developing new leaders

– an alliance based upon an ethos of active citizenship, and confident of our practical problem-solving abilities and non-partisan collective power

The Alliance, modelled after similar community organising groups in Sydney, London and Los Angeles (among many other places), sees faith groups, trade unions and other community organisations join together focused on the common good. It is south-east Queensland focussed initially, with intent to grow more widely over time.

It’s not party political, but will engage with all levels of government with the aim of a better, stronger, fairer society.

It is primarily oriented around building capacity, resilience and relationship, with the ultimate purpose of making our communities stronger.  The organisations involved may share different world views, but ultimately find a lot in common as through their members they seek justice, compassion, empowerment and so on.

There is an open invitation for community groups and churches to meet the alliance and find out more.  The Uniting Church is involved through (initially) the Presbyteries of South Moreton, Bremer Brisbane and Moreton Rivers.

Check out the Queensland Community Alliance website, their facebook page, or the intro video below from its first public meeting.


Transformational Leadership – with Ed Stetzer

This December 5th, Newlife Uniting church are hosting a one day event with Ed Stetzer on Transformational Leadership.

Full details over at the Newlife website, event on facebook and registration online.

Looks like a pretty interesting day for church leaders of all varieties, and a nice way to start thinking about 2014.

I’ll be there, come and join in?

What is mission engagement?

TOTW FootprintIn progressing toward a mission engagement framework within the Uniting Church Synod of Queensland, we’re working on language and definitions. A good starting point seems to be to wonder…what is mission engagement?  Here’s a draft response to that question. Your comments, questions and suggestions welcome.

What is mission engagement?

When we talk about mission, use a descriptor like ‘missional’ or talk about mission engagement in the Uniting Church Queensland Synod, there is an important starting point for our conversation.

The Missio Dei.

The phrase Missio Dei translates literally as the mission of God (from the Latin mittere (to send) and dei (God)).  Locked up in these words are the keys to understanding mission, to describing a theology of mission (or missiology), and to our action in mission engagement. Continue reading

Andrew Dutney ponders World Mission

UCA President Andrew Dutney has been in Scotland for the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. The experience has him thinking about the place and practice of world mission today.

So “world mission” essentially means recognising that God is engaged in a mission of reconciliation and renewal throughout the whole world, discerning that activity of the Spirit in the bit of the world to which we have access, and joining in.

Read Andrew’s full reflection here.

Growing a family-friendly missional community

In small, missional faith communities, one of the questions often faced is “how do we include our kids?  Shaping an adult friendly faith community with lots of interaction and discipleship growth for adults is one thing, but figuring out how to grow kids faith in the same context is quite another.

The folks over at Verge Network have made available a few thoughts on including kids in the life of faith and mission. It’s worth a read.


Synod 2013 Presentation – Introducing the Mission Engagement Project

(Text and presentation from Uniting Church Queensland Synod meeting in May 2013 introducing the Mission Engagement Project).

Good evening Moderator, members of Synod.

My name is Scott Guyatt, recently appointed Project Officer, Mission Engagement within the Synod office.

I’d like to take a few minutes this morning to introduce my project to you, share a little of what I’ve been up to so far, and perhaps outline a couple of ways in which I hope we might be able to work together.

The Mission Engagement project has developed under the Together on the way, enriching community process, and is particularly intended to help resource our work in terms of developing sustainable mission oriented organisation. Continue reading

Mission Intro Session

This week we had the opportunity to share with a a Pilgrim Learning Community class on the topic of mission. It was an introductory session briefly covering some of the development of missiology, and in particular where we find ourselves in our thinking and action on mission in the last 20 years or so.  Pilgrim offer the class as part of their course “Talking Faith: An Introduction to theology in the Uniting Church in Australia”.

Background text is Daniel Migliori’s Faith Seeking Understanding, and I also drew on David Bosch Transforming Mission together with a range of UCA documents for more.

The basic framework we used is to point to three questions of mission:

  • Who is God?
  • What is God up to in our world (and our neighbourhood?)?
  • How can we join in?

Here’s the prezi we used to help navigate around the topic:

Thanks to Pilgrim and the class for their gracious welcome.

Towards a Mission Engagement Framework (Presbytery Presentations)

I’ve had the very enjoyable opportunity in recent weeks to visit most Queensland Presbyteries of the Uniting Church to meet members of Presbytery, and introduce the Synod of Queensland’s Mission Engagement Project.

It’s early days, but as we explore ways of encouraging the church into a more open and effective mission engagement, there are a few key themes emerging from conversations across the state. Here’s a look at what I’m hearing:

(You can find the original of this “Prezi” presentation here.)

And you can continue on for the rough notes that I speak to, along with the presentation: Continue reading

Re-activating Seeds of Hope

Things have been pretty quite around Seeds of Hope over the past few years.  That’s about to change.

The Uniting Church Synod of Queensland is well into it’s Together on the Way, Enriching Community planning and vision journey. As part of that journey a new project exploring mission engagement frameworks has begun.

Stories, resources, ideas and opportunities connected with church planting, fresh expressions and approaches to mission engagement that emerge from that project will find a home here at Seeds of Hope.

We hope you’ll join us as we reflect, learn and dream together.