Monthly Archives: March 2015

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Listening for loves sake

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Following on from my exploration into the state of the Church in Australia, I found some further, very current research, commissioned by World Vision Australia looking at the perception of the Church in the Australian community. This research took a series of questions to 104 Churches and just over 1,000 representative Aussies to see what they thought about the exact same issues facing our country.

While there were some very interesting findings about social issues and engagement with social policy, there were two areas that stood out to me. Read More

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A spiritual health check for Australia

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I recently attended a lecture by Alan Hirsch where he was outlining the work that he is doing in the USA, helping Churches shift towards becoming missional movements.

As part of his presentation he outlined that in the USA they have what he terms the 60-40 Window. What he means by this is that within the American population, 60% have no interest in connecting with the current expression of Church that is represented by 95% of Christian Churches. Consequently, while Churches strive to reach out to the 40% who might be interested, 60% of the population has been abandoned.  Read More

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A note from the Marketing Department

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I met with a friend this morning to catch up after not having seen him in a while. We were talking about how his role as a chaplain. He then began to tell me about the opportunity that he’d been given to talk with a group about considering their personal “branding”. Using a whole bunch of different images of well known people, he asked the group to reflect on what they thought of each person’s “brand”.

Naturally, everyone had a view and there were some strong opinions about what the people stood for. He then asked them to reflect on how these views had been shaped and whether they actually knew these individuals. Everyone responded that they didn’t know any of the people personally, but had just gone on what they’d heard, read or seen in the media. He then put the challenge to them about whether they were actively shaping their own personal brand or just letting it happen, being shaped by the forces around them.  Read More

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Ripples of change

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I had a meeting yesterday afternoon with a group of leaders from all kinds of different organisations and denominations to talk about the challenges that we face in affecting change through our various roles.

One of the most consistent questions that was raised, centred around the challenge of affecting change where resistance, opposition or even simply apathy existed in the leadership and management above or inherently within the organisation.

As we discussed these difficulties and the various endeavours that had been undertaken to overcome them, three things became clear to me:

1. The biggest contribution that we can make is to consistently work to affect the greatest influence that we can on the people around us
2. God’s Spirit is ultimately the one at work in all things to breathe existence into dust and life into dry bones
3. We need to be prepared to play a long game and work out how our egos will cope if and when our ideas are implemented by those above and around us without receiving any of the credit

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