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Disruption is often the key to renewal - Jason Butler

Disruption is often the key to renewal - Jason Butler | Growing Disciples | Scoop.it

Jason tells the story of stopping everything in his church in Raleigh, North Carolina in order to make time for sabbath, discernment and rebirth.

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5 Tips for Engaging Young Families at Church

5 Tips for Engaging Young Families at Church | Growing Disciples | Scoop.it
There is no magic formula to engaging families, but these tips and resources will help you start small, consider your context, and move forward.
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"How to Pioneer" - Book and Study Guide by Dave Male

"How to Pioneer" - Book and Study Guide by Dave Male | Growing Disciples | Scoop.it

Small new Christian communities created by pioneer ministers, both lay and ordained, are popping up everywhere - on housing estates, in community centres, schools, cafes, among different age groups and in numerous other contexts beyond the local church. UK church leader Dave Male was written the following:

How to Pioneer is a must-have handbook for all who want to engage in this form of ministry. 

How to Pioneer: The Course is a five-step group study guide for churches who want to set up a pioneering community, based on the original handbook.

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Youth Resources - Uniting Church VicTas

Youth Resources - Uniting Church VicTas | Growing Disciples | Scoop.it

Check out the new Youth Resources page on the VicTas Synod website - loads of stuff for youth and young adults.

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Mission Pilots - Experiments in Local Mission

Recentlyt at Port Phillip East Presbytery we launched our Mission Pilot Process, part of a significant cultural change process within the presbytery called “Cultivating our Future”. This has been facilitated by Phil McCredden from Ecclesia Leadership whom you’ll see along with me in this video. The Mission Cultivation Process is a twelve-month process for congregations to learn about new ways of being in mission through action learning – taking on a new initiative and learning from the experience. More info here.

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The art of spirituality: God Forbid - ABC Radio National

The art of spirituality: God Forbid - ABC Radio National | Growing Disciples | Scoop.it

For all of human history we've had religion and we've had art — and the two have remained inextricably linked. We're not just talking about Da Vinci's Last Supper, or Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, but the creation of art itself as a practise with the power to transcend. Here's a conversation with Donna Leslie and Chris Bedding from the perspective of artists.

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Together: Resources for Building an Inclusive Youth Sector

Together: Building an Inclusive Youth Sector is an online resource that has been designed by young people with disability in collaboration with youth workers for the Victorian youth sector.

This resource supports the Victorian youth sector to be more accessible and inclusive of young people with disability. Visit the website here.

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How the Church Can Lead Millennials Effectively

How the Church Can Lead Millennials Effectively | Growing Disciples | Scoop.it

Andy Hopper, Team Leader for the Hillsong Leadership Network recently spoke about how church leaders can engage with "millennials". Benjamin is the pastor of Lifeplace Church in Brisbane, Australia – a multi-campus church and a part of the Hillsong Leadership Network.

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The Bible Project - Video Series

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The Bible Project is a non-profit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere. They create 100% free videos, podcasts, and resources that explore the Bible’s unified story.

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Engaging the local community: the answer to church irrelevancy - Dr Karina Kreminsky

Engaging the local community: the answer to church irrelevancy - Dr Karina Kreminsky | Growing Disciples | Scoop.it

Panic over the ‘death of the church’ in Australia is subsiding and in its place is a humble, sober realisation that it must re-engage with the local community to regain its relevancy, according to Rev Dr Karina Kreminski, a guest speaker at the recent NSW-ACT synod meeting. Read about her input and check out her book on urban spirituality here. See her recent ABC interview here.

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fresh expressions of church - changing the landscape

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UK pioneer ministry trainer, thinker, activist and writer Jonny Baker reflects on 15 years of Fresh Expressions which have brought 50,000 new people into connection with the Church of England. "It was very encouraging this week to read of the positive reflections on fresh expressions of church at the general synod of the church of england. i especially like that the church writ large is naming a contextual approach to mission."

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Homegrown - Online Conference on Faith at Home

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The UK Methodists have an upcoming online conference on faith at home. Link up to connect with them on 8 October. "Homegrown is a new conference exploring how faith is grown at home. How can we encourage families and households to nurture faith together, and to spur each other on as they encounter Jesus and faith in every day life? This event offers opportunities for both theological reflection and practical equipping."

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"Think Big" podcast featuring Joe Daniels

"Think Big" podcast featuring Joe Daniels | Growing Disciples | Scoop.it

How can a congregation make an impact no matter its size? Hear from Joe Daniels, the pastor of Emory Fellowship in Washington, DC, and co-author of the new book Connecting for a Change: How to Engage People, Churches, and Partners to Inspire Hope in Your Community.

 

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Unsplash: Free Photos for Education

Unsplash: Free Photos for Education | Growing Disciples | Scoop.it

Unsplash is a great free photo website. They've just launched a portal for educators and students.

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Reframing Developmental Relationships

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Virtually everyone in education and youth work agrees that relationships are vital for young people’s learning, growth, and thriving. Reframing Developmental Relationships, a two-year, multi-methods study from FrameWorks Institute, commissioned by Search Institute, tackles these questions. It calls for “a profoundly different orientation toward relationships and—specifically—how our society should approach them collectively, through policies and programs.”

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Diving Deep: Baptism and Confirmation

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In several weeks I’ll be running an education and resourcing session in Melbourne focussed on helping ministers, youth workers and congregational leaders work on how they prepare young people and adults for baptism and confirmation

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Scrambled Starts - Family Prayers

Scrambled Starts - Family Prayers | Growing Disciples | Scoop.it

In Scrambled Starts, Jenny Youngman shares honestly from her family's journey as she tried to build prayer into their daily lives. This encouraging book for parents and families includes

  • prayers for mealtime and bedtime
  • prayers for specific occasions and ordinary times
  • prayers for all ages
  • scriptures to memorize
  • help for starting a family devotion time
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