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Season 12 - Church Buildings

Should your church renovate or build something new? Why do church buildings even matter? Is it achievable to fix your inherited church building? Andrew Robson joins Dave Keun.   

What should you consider before you begin construction on a church renovation or construction? Andrew Robson joins Dave Keun.   

What happens during and after the construction commences? Andrew Robson joins Dave Keun. 

Season 11

Dave Keun (Reach Australia church consultant) lays out the RA framework:

1. Clarify the big thing
2. Be faithful to the means
3. Take responsibility, build responsibility
4. Break it down
5. Ecosystem thinking

Special: Pastoring - Leadership and Taking Heed

We know that being a church leader is a hard, complicated and joyous privilege, and that there are many facets to the role. In fact, one of the challenges and frustrations of pastoring is oen feeling like it’s about 17 roles in one—teacher, preacher, pray-er, counsellor, evangelist, theologian, strategic thinker, organisational leader, HR manager, administrator, accountant, photocopier technician and many more.

In this e-book we want to explore two particularly vital facets of pastoring. They are not the only two, and this is by no means a complete theology of ministry leadership. But these two aspects of what it means to be a pastor are (in our observation) oen misunderstood or neglected. Our hope and prayer is that by exploring them we can encourage and stimulate you to think afresh about what it means to be a ministry leader among God’s people.

Season 10

Gary Millar preaches on Isaiah 6 at the 2021 Reach Australia conference.

At the 2021 Reach Australia conference Andrew Heard teaches on ‘5 Big Things’.
1) Having clarity.
2) Being faithful to inputs.
3) Break it down.
4) Take responsibility; build responsibility.
5) Ecosystem thinking.

Australia and the world need a deeper hope. We need a deeper hope. Our churches need a deeper hope. Gary Millar preaches on this deeper hope in Isaiah 61 at the 2021 Reach Australia conference.  

Al Stewart speaks about the state of Australian Christianity today at the Reach Australia conference 2021. 

The role of pastoral relationships are precious. How do we have fierce conversations that help our community mature in Christ? In this podcast Andrew Heard speaks about ‘A Fierce Conversation’ at the 2021 Reach Australia conference.

Lionel Windsor teaches on principle of speaking the truth in love at the 2021 Reach Australia conference.

Derek Hanna shares the Geneva Push Church Planting Vision at the 2021 Reach Australia conference.

Andrew Heard shares the Reach Australia Vision at the 2021 Reach Australia Conference, for thousands of healthy, evangelistic, multiplying churches across Australia.

Alan Au and Phil Cogan speak on the topic of coaching relationships at the 2021 Reach Australia conference.

Derek Hanna speaks about ‘The Word in the Whole Church Ecosystem’ at the 2021 Reach Australia conference.

Murray Caphill’s talk focuses on Word soaked ministry at the 2021 Reach Australia conference.

Andrew Heard teaches on how we think about ‘Leading Change’ at the 2021 Reach Australia conference.

Andrew Hayes and Trevor Hodge talk about Sunday gatherings that are formed by deep in word activity and also formed by things that are caught, not just taught.

Grahame Fuller talks about ‘Small Group Myths’ at the 2021 Reach Australia conference.

Iggy Wong shares how to reach the next generation through ministry at the 2021 Reach Australia conference.

Kanishka Raffel teaches on ‘Mission To The Nations’ at the 2021 Reach Australia conference.

As a sequel to Cathie Heard’s TED Talk on ‘Mobilising Women for Ministry’, Cathie teaches on mobilising women to reach Australia in 2021 at the 2021 Reach Australia conference.

Season 9

If we’re going to Reach Australia, ministry workers need to be able to lead themselves. This new podcast series will help you manage your time, energy and emotions. Join Christian leaders as they wrestle with their own individual personality and leadership. First up, Alan Au on time management.

Ray Galea from MBM in Sydney, speaking to us about the roles of a church leader, and we’ll be digging into 11 different roles that are used in the Reach Australia Development Program to describe the different aspects of this leadership.

“People are paying a lot of money for you to have 168 hours: what are you doing with it?” This episode of the Reach Australia podcast is packed with challenges from Al Stewart. Look out especially for the conversation about updating your schedule in light of covid disruptions.


Season 8 Learning Labs 2021

Community and integration are a critical part of the church ecosystem. Tim Clemens ran this learning lab on Community and Integration as part of the recent learning labs.

Part 2 with Madeleine Galea.

‘Serve’ is possibly the most often neglected area of the church ecosystem. Rhett Harris and James Galea ran this learning lab on Serve as part of the recent learning labs.

Part 2. 

How is Mission going in your church’s ecosystem? Mission is crucial if we want to see more people join our churches and become Christians. That’s why Grahame Fuller and Scott Sanders ran this Learning Lab on Mission

Part 2. 

Godward Responsiveness is possibly the least understood area of the church ecosystem. Andrew Heard and Ray Galea ran this learning lab on Godward Responsiveness as part of the recent learning labs.

When, why and how should your church make its first hire? Most Australian churches are under 100, and so moving to a second worker is a key growth stage. Mike Sams and Scott Sanders ran this learning lab on ‘Your Church’s First Hire’ as part of the recent learning labs.

Small groups are one (but not the only input) input to help your church achieve the output of being deep in the word. Richard Sweatman ran this learning lab on ‘Small Groups’ as part of the recent learning labs.

Part 2. 

How does Mission work in a smaller church? The average Australian church is less than 100 people. How can your church do effective Mission with a small group? Liam Doyle ran this learning lab on ‘Mission in the small church’ as part of the recent learning labs.

Part 2. 

One important part of a good mission plan for your church is an effective evangelistic course (and follow up). Dave Robertson ran this learning lab on Evangelistic Courses as part of the recent learning labs.

Part 2 with Dave Ferres.

How does the ‘Serve’ purpose work in a smaller church? The average Australian church is less than 100 people. How can your smaller church create disciples with a heart to serve? Scott Curtis ran this learning lab on ‘Serve in the small church’ as part of the recent learning labs.

Part 2. 

How does a church move from 35 to 75 to 125 to 200? Breaking growth barriers is a key leadership skill as we pursue the goal of thousands of healthy, evangelistic, multiplying churches. Serial church planter Craig Tucker ran this learning lab on Breaking Growth Barriers as part of the recent learning labs. 

Part 2. 

Is your church a training hospital? Raising gospel workers for the future is a key function of a healthy, evangelistic, multiplying church. In this learning lab, Eugene Hor and Elliot Ku explained their model of raising gospel workers.

Part 2 with Elliot Ku. 

Reach Australia aims to see 200 churches planted in the next 10 years. If you’re preparing to plant a church, listen to this learning lab with Derek Hanna and Madeleine Galea. 

Season 7 Reach All Of Australia (Cross-Cultural Ministry)

If we’re serious about reaching Australia, we need to give serious consideration to the particulars of multicultural and cross-cultural ministry. Hosted by Adam Ch’ng, Iggy Wong and Peter Luu.

Honour/shame has been a dominant framework for missiologists in recent years, but Dan Wu (lecturer at Moore Theological College) offers some nuances to the discussion.

Ying Yee says that ‘ministry is all about learning to survive and thrive and change the world from a cage’. Ying has had extensive experience in ministry at Chinese Christian Church Milsons Point.

How do you run a missional church with so many cultures side-by-side? Paul Webb discussed language difficulties and cultural misunderstandings.

Eugene Hor discusses the diversity underlying his ABC-focussed church.

Steve Oh discusses the specifics of reaching Korean Australians.

Gary Koo is a bishop in the Anglican Church. He chats with Peter Luu about the role of denominations in reaching cross cultural Australia.

Derek shares his reflections on reaching Australia, drawing on his experiences overseas in SE Asia. Derek is the new principal of Sydney Missionary and Biblical College.

Season 6 Mission Through Your Church

Many churches start out with mission at the centre, but how do you keep mission the main thing as your church matures? Dave Jensen discusses the story behind Multicultural Bible Ministries South West church plant, led by Grant Borg. 

What if you had a blank slate to do mission through the church? That’s the situation that Elliot Temple found himself in a Christchurch St Ives. Pay attention particularly to Elliot’s fourfold framework as a mission pastor:
Run the reaping (18:25​)
Steer the ship (24:00​)
Coach the keen (38:00​)
Shepherd the sheep (43:00​)

As a good friend of the Reach Australia network, Richard Coekin gives an outsider’s perspective on mission in Australia. Tom Heasman works as the mission pastor at Richard’s church (Dundonald Church) and explores the ins and outs of reaching a large city with the gospel.

Is an evangelistic course right for your church? How often would you run one? How would you promote it? What if you’ve run one and it hasn’t been working? Jordan Peterson from Port Macquarie and Josh Lean from Brisbane chat with Dave Jensen about the ins and outs of evangelistic courses in the church.

After offering his own story, Andrew Heard reflects on how to Reach Australia. Highlights include the theological discussion of human responsibility, inputs and outputs centred around Acts 14:1, as well as the various myths that churches believe and practice around mission. 

Rico Tice speaks frankly about the realities of heaven and hell, honest evangelism and church programming that leads to salvations. There is much to glean from his experience in England for our experience in Australia.

Mid-year holiday programs, teaching grace not works, celebrating children saying YES to Jesus, raising teams, partnering with parents…Sandy Galea from Kidswise discusses her own story of coming to faith as a child and gives a look behind the curtain of the kids ministry she has been running.

What does a mission-shaped church calendar look like? Luther Symons explains Hope Anglican’s approach to year-long mission. Look out for a different approach to Friday night youth group, community carols, evangelistic courses (Fresh Look), adult baptisms and the need for more new churches to reach new people.

Season 5 Pastoring And The Church Ecosystem

What are your church’s high level outcomes? What does a ‘made’ disciple look like? How is church like an ecosystem? What are the purposes of your church?

What is your current discipleship pathway? Is it intentional? A discipleship pathway ‘exists in every church but isn’t always acknowledged’. 

What is the difference between congregational pastoring and pastoring in teams? What difference would team pastoring make in your church?

Is team pastoring just for big churches? Isn’t this all too corporate? Where is the love? Who does the pastoring? Isn’t pastoring all about teaching the Bible?

Should churches measure? What should a church measure? What are the most important metrics to keep in an ecosystem approach to church? 

How can your church transition to an ecosystem approach? What’s involved in switching models? 

Season 4 On Leadership

Season 3 COVID

Season 2 Andrew Heard on Church Ecosystem during COVID-19

Season 1 On Leadership with Craig Hamilton

Reach Australia Conference Resources

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