Chinks of Light – Maybe

“The current trajectory of our church is a huge mistake” George Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury                                                          ****** Every now and then little ‘Chinks of Light’ appear in the generally gloomy Australian missional landscape in which, now for decades, successful ventures are a rarity. However, I started to get that ‘every now and … Continue reading Chinks of Light – Maybe

Janus Tide – A Season of Opportunity

‘Janus - the Roman ‘god’ of beginnings  . .  transitions . . . and endings’ ****** Sadly, Covid-driven Lockdowns have now become familiar to most of us, and those who live on Australia’s eastern seabord are currently experiencing the ‘joy’ of them yet again. What has also become familiar is the corresponding shutdowns of normal … Continue reading Janus Tide – A Season of Opportunity

Mission Basics 101 – 1 The Great Chasm

‘If I was trying to minimise growth in the church, I would get everyone to speak a totally different language that no one understands. That is what the Church is doing.’                    Russel Evans, Global Senior Pastor of Planet Shakers.                                                           ****** In Luke’s Gospel (Chapter 16:19) Jesus tells a teaching story (parable) in which … Continue reading Mission Basics 101 – 1 The Great Chasm

‘Because We Were There’ – John’s Story

The central thesis of the Unbounded Church missional strategy is that in order to reach the Lost in Australian society, Christians must abandon the standard decades old, low and declining fruit, Sunday-Centric, In-Drag, resource-consuming missional platform and go into the community and set up small Christian fellowships where the Lost regularly meet already. The slogan … Continue reading ‘Because We Were There’ – John’s Story

Vain Hope Or ‘The Irish Way’

As churches sleepily emerge from the Covid-induced shutdown it seems nearly all are happily climbing back onto the down escalator they had been on for decades pre Pandemic. This longstanding downward trajectory has most certainly generally been given a Covid-induced fresh impetus in terms of loss of service attendees and income. The opportunity provided by … Continue reading Vain Hope Or ‘The Irish Way’

The Biggest Elephant 5 – Formulaic or Flexative

‘It’s not the strongest of species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the most responsive to change’                                                                              Charles Darwin ****** This is the fifth in a series of posts on the topic of what I call the ‘Biggest Elephant’ in the ‘Mission Operations Room’, namely Church Leadership. In this series I have mentioned … Continue reading The Biggest Elephant 5 – Formulaic or Flexative

New Kingdom Resolutions

We are now one month into the new year. I wonder how we have gone with those New year resolutions, all those good intentions. I suspect that for most, they have already gone the way of the ones we made last year, i.e. crashed! As churches in Australia focus their energies on getting back onto … Continue reading New Kingdom Resolutions

The Thinnest Place

It’s Christmas morning, early. The Cicadas swarm the Eucalypts and their chorus is already very loud. They are joined by Kookaburras, Koels, Friar Birds and even carolling Magpies. It is as if the whole of nature is praising God on this special morning. One of the images that often comes to my mind on this … Continue reading The Thinnest Place

The Eye of Peace

It is 46 years since Cyclone Tracy hit the northern Australian city of Darwin, on that fateful Christmas Eve in 1974. I always remember that event at Christmas time because it was that storm that brought us to Australia in the first place, to work on the reconstruction of Darwin. On that night, the Christmas … Continue reading The Eye of Peace

‘The Stealing of Christmas’ Revisited

‘He is stolen and it is not harmless!’                                         _____________ I entered the large shopping complex and there He was, front, centre and large, enthroned in his palace. There He was, ‘the reason for the season’. The One who is always encouraging the children to come to him, and woe betide anyone who want to … Continue reading ‘The Stealing of Christmas’ Revisited