It was great connecting once again with so many of A2A’s Pastors and Leaders at the recent round of Leaders Together days.
Here’s a brief recap on what we talked about, with links to some of the resources that we used.
As we have talked about at recent Leaders Togethers, the National Leadership Team feels that it is important to help and encourage churches in growing to the extent that they are genuinely “missional churches”.
According to the Hughes Scale, a missional church is one that is both biblically sound and engages effectively with the culture.
Ed Stetzer in Planting Missional Churches says that most churches tend to polarise around two points on the scale; churches that are bible focused but unable to reach the world around them, or that relate to the world but have lost the basic tenets of the faith.
Churches that are found in Quadrant C, that are traditional and biblically illiterate will have very little positive impact and generally wont be around for long other than via generations of families that are committed to them.
To encourage A2A churches to grow in their missional focus and effectiveness, we would like all A2A churches to do four things:
We will use the Leaders Together days to provide ideas and information to help you in doing this.
As I write this, I have to tell you about something that happened at our elders meeting last week. I raised the issue of setting a baptism target for the next 12 months, and then suggested a target. I was immediately swamped with stories from the elders about people in their groups and ministries that they were discipling to be baptised. At that point the meeting overtook my expectations and we ended up setting a target for baptisms of about twice what I was thinking.
My lesson was simple. Collectively we had greater vision than I personally had.
Credential Re Applications
Just a reminder that Credential Re-Applications were due by 30 June. If you haven’t yet submitted your re-application, you can do so using the online form here.
Please also remember that credential fees were also due 30 June and can be paid to:
A2A General Account
BSB 633 000
Ac 148 128 077
Annual Church Survey
The Annual Church Survey is now due. This provides important information for us as a movement and so we encourage you to complete it by the end of July.
The online form to complete the survey can be found here.
Working With Children / Child Safe Policies
You will note in the Annual Church Survey Form there is a question asking whether your church has yet submitted it’s Working With Children / Child Safe Policy with the A2A office. From now on, as we explained at the LT days, we will be asking annually for these policies to be submitted to us so that we can keep a copy on file. We won’t however be vetting them for completeness or appropriateness; that’s up to your own board to do.
Also a reminder in relation to your working with children status. Please make sure your state authority issued card is up to date and so is your training. We require all credential holders to undertake training every 3 years. Most A2A Credential holders will have 12 months to update their training, which can be done online through Childsafe. So please keep this in mind as needing to be attended to in the near future.
What To Do If You Have A Known Sex Offender In your Church?
We raised and discussed at Leaders Together the issue of having a known sex offender in your church and implications for the church with regard to insurance cover.
An important note was that insurance will not cover a sexual abuse claim in relation to the known sex offender.
This is regardless of whether or not they have actually been previously charged with a sex offence.
Where it is known that a sex offender does attend your church, it is highly recommended that a written agreement be put in place between the offender and the board of the church.
If you want more information in relation to this, you can download from here more information along with a sample agreement provided by ACS and a copy of an agreement an A2A church actually has in place with a known offender.
These are only examples to help give you an idea. You may need to seek your own professional advice about any documentation, policies and procedures if you are faced with such a situation.
Is Your ACNC Reporting Up To Date?
The Australian Charities and Not For Profit Commission oversees 56,192 charities and not for profit organisations with a total annual income of $121 billion and they are starting to take action where organisations are failing to fulfil their reporting and other obligations. This action has at times seen organisations lose their tax exemptions.
Churches and other organisations registered with the ACNC are required to submit an annual report within 12 months of the end of their financial year, so if your church has a financial year ending 31 December, your ACNC return should have been lodged by 30 June.
Leadership Or Ministry?
Ian Jagelman, author of “The L Factor” spoke at an A2A Conference some years ago about the difference between ministry and leadership.
We recapped some of Ian’s teaching and saw that :
These concepts are also useful in working out the important responsibilities for a position description. In writing a statement of key responsibilities, Ian recommends listing the (say) 5 most critical ministry responsibilities and also the 5 most critical leadership responsibilities.
Doing this will help achieve a good balance between ministry and leadership to ensure that neither gets neglected.
Engaging With Your Community
The church in Acts grew as they enjoyed the favour of all the people. with the consequence that each day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. (Acts 2:46)
To enjoy the favour of the people, we have to be engaged with our community and be equipped to share the good news with those we meet.
In his book “What Jesus Started”, Steve Addison provides a simple disciple making model that follows these steps:
Sharon O’Neill shared how Mothers Day provided an unexpected opportunity to share with single mum’s, women who weren’t able to have children and mum’s who had lost children. You can watch what Sharon had to say here.
We then looked at the following simple template that can be used to assist in developing a disciple making strategy around ideas for community engagement.
Christian Influence in Schools
At the Leaders Together in Queensland, Suzie Overell gave a presentation in relation to The Christian Religious Instruction Network, which is a not for profit, ecumenical group that was established in 2012 to recruit, train and empower CRI instructors. Their mission and passion is that the local church & community would help to raise positive and productive children, knowing their God.
Suzie advised that the optimal window where people are most open to the gospel is between ages 4 & 14 and more than half of the people who will ever accept Jesus as their saviour will do so by the age of 12.
Developing A Strategic Plan For Your Church
In South Australia at the Leaders Together, Rod Dowie gave an excellent presentation on the strategic planning process he has been taking Coast and Vines through over the last few years.
What Rod has developed here will be made available to assist other churches in their strategic planning in the future.
2019 National Conference
A reminder that the 2019 National A2A Conference will be held on the Gold Coast at the QT Resort from Monday 29 April to Thursday 2 May 2019. We are delighted to have Oscar Muriu and David Storer locked in as our key speakers.
Registration is free for Credential holders with the registration fee for non - credential holders being $220. A reduced registration fee of $150 will apply to first time attendees, emerging leaders and A2A recognised retired ministers $150.
A 10% discount will be given to any who register prior to 31 December 2018. You can register now for the 2019 A2A National Conference here.
Next Leaders Together
If it’s not already in your diary, don’t forget to reserve the following dates for the next Leaders Together:
Workers For The Harvest
I believe that we have an outstanding opportunity to take Jesus and the Good News into the harvest across our country.
With the training that Steve Addison has been doing, when men and women take the step of faith by going into public places or door to door and asking people if they can pray for them, we are frequently seeing about one in three say yes and receive prayer there and then.
When these people are asked if they would like a simple explanation of the Gospel, again about one on three say yes.
By and large, people aren’t closed to the Gospel and being prayed for. The problem’s not in the harvest, it’s in seeing workers; people like you and I going into the harvest.
He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out… Luke 10:2,3
Let’s commit to being workers who will go into the harvest as Jesus sends us, taking along other workers so that they too will become harvesters!
Going on holidays!
Sharon and I will be overseas for about 3 weeks from 8 July to 30 July first attending a meeting with Empart and then taking a break with our family. Can’t wait!
During this time, you can contact Liz Jesson on 03 63274538 or email@example.com.
Carl Mutzelburg will be acting President in my absence. You can contact him on 07 3813 4900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.