There’s a lot that's been happening and that we want to let you know about in this latest Movement Update!
We’ve just completed our latest round of Leaders Together in Tasmania, Victoria Queensland and South Australia with this round probably being the best ever attended with approx. 120 pastors and leaders attending. Feedback from many participants has been excellent. More on what we covered later
And we have our 2018 A2A National Conference coming up fast. Before we give an update from the recent Leaders Togethers with links to resources, here’s a Conference Update with things that you need to know about in relation to all the options we are offering this year, as well as some information about accommodation.
A2A National Conference
The 2018 A2A National Conference is now less than 2 months away. Once again it will be on the sunny Gold Coast, this year being held (two weeks after the the Commonwealth Games have completed) from the evening of Monday 30 April to midday Thursday 3 May.
To say that we are looking forward to the Conference is a massive understatement. We feel that the Holy Spirit is ushering us in a direction and the Conference is an important and exciting part of this.
If you want more information about the conference, you can watch a brief promo about the conference here and find more details here.
This year we have lots of optional extras that include:
If you haven’t yet registered for the 2018 A2A National Conference, you can do so here.
Some Important Changes
We have some important changes taking place in the leadership of A2A that we want you to know about.
Eugene Bognar has now stepped down as Executive Pastor of A2A. We thank Eugene (and Judy of course) for the amazing service that he has provided to many of the churches and pastors across A2A whilst in this role. I’m sure that Eugene’s influence will be sure to be felt as he will continue working with various pastors and leaders as a mentor and in other roles churches may invite him to play.
We also want to honour and thank Phillip Mutzelburg for the foundational role he has played in our movement. Trevor Chandler was of course the founder of CLCI and is in many ways the grandfather of A2A, but Phillip is rightly the father of A2A. Thank you Phillip for the amazing contribution that you have made. You and your contribution are deeply appreciated.
Phillip has now stepped off our National Leadership Team, but as President Emeritus he is welcome to attend any and all of the NLT meetings and will be kept in the loop on all NLT communication and discussions with his ongoing input being sought and welcomed. I will value Phillip’s continued input to the movement.
The NLT has unanimously nominated Ted Pangilinan, senior pastor of Church One for appointment to the National Leadership Team. Before this can be finalised, we are required to present all credential holders and affiliated churches with 30 days to prayerfully consider the nomination and to submit in writing to the President any concerns or objections to such nominations to be considered prior to the appointment being finalised.
Accordingly, if there are to be any concerns to the appointment of Ted Pangilinan to the National Leadership Team of A2A, please either email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to “The President, A2A. PO Box 276 Riverside Tasmania”
A Word for the Movement
The National Leadership Team has for some time being asking the question “what would a move of the Holy Spirit look like in our midst today?” CLCI was birthed out of such a move in the Charismatic Renewal of the 70’s and 80’s, however if such a move was to take place today, we expect that it would be different.
With this in mind, the NLT last year asked Phillip Mutzelburg if he would put together a small working party to consider this question, and so A319 was born. A319 refers to Acts 3:19 which says “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord”.
As the NLT prepared to come together for a prayer and planning retreat (that was held in Tasmania on February 13th), I asked Phillip to lead the Retreat. During the day, we felt certain that we had heard from the Holy Spirit, and that the Holy Spirit had given us a word for the forthcoming year. That word was “sent”. You will hear more about this at the Conference in April / May, and the amazing confirmations we have had since then.
You can watch a brief video from Phillip talking about this here.
A New Focus
We commenced the February NLT meeting asking the question “what is the most important focus for us to have for the next season of time in moving forward in line with our mission and vision”. For the last two or so years, the answer to that question had been to identify and raise young leaders. The NLT thought that much had been put in place to see this occur, including launching the ELI program, preparation to take Camp No Fear to other states and in raising awareness that identifying and raising young leaders was a critical issue for the movement. You can watch a video of hi lights from Camp No Fear here.
The NLT agreed that the next major focus was to work with churches throughout the movement to help and inspire them to be truly missional churches. In doing this, we saw the following 6 steps as key:
We also agreed that we would like to see the following three outcomes occur as a result:
The Annual Church Survey will be amended to help measure progress across the movement in this.
As part of helping A2A churches develop the leaders of tomorrow, we want to encourage churches to consider putting in place Internship Programs. These can be quite simple but effective in equipping and envisioning potential leaders of the future.
Churches are free to design their own formats, or take one such as this and adjust it to suit their circumstances.
Some of the resources we have put together including a list of 35 podcasts, can be downloaded here.
Below as an example is a template that we are using at Tailrace Community.
Remuneration Principles Recommend For Pastors
Greg Smith has recently done some great work in reviewing levels of remuneration for pastors across various denominations and movements. We have looked carefully at this and together a paper which we recommend that all church boards read and consider.
The paper can found in the Ministry Manual or it may be downloaded here.
Making Our Churches Safe For Children and Vulnerable People
The Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse handed down it’s final recommendations in December. It’s recommended that you read the 27 recommendations that applied to churches in general. These recommendations can be downloaded here.
As a result, our Ministry Manual has been amended with the following three sections being amended:
How The Marriage Act Has Changed
We would all be aware of the changes to the Marriage Act that occurred in December 2017. Dr Andrew Corbett has recorded a short presentation going over how the changes affect A2A ministers as well as the changes required to the forms we use.
You can watch Andrews presentation here or download his slides here
Phillip Mutzelburg provided an overview of steps that were taken by Religious Freedom Australia. A copy of the submission that Phillip referred to and that was lodged can be accessed here.
Emerging Leaders Initiative and Mentoring
Mark Ansell provided an overview of the new mentoring framework we have recently put in place for A2A Pastors, and the Emerging Leaders Initiative (ELI) Coaching program for young and emerging leaders that has recently been put in place.
You can watch Mark speak about these two great initiatives here.
Demystifying Church Planting
Church planting is often put in the too hard or “one day when …” basket. But a bit of knowledge coupled with some helpful processes can often make it much more achievable.
I’ve included below a brief overview of what we covered at the Leaders Together. You can download the slides we showed on church planting here.
A healthy church planting pathway will generally consider of 4 steps to raise up men and women who will be suitable for church planting.
4 Components of a Healthy Church Planting Pathway are:
There are certain key issues that must be grappled with as part of the equipping, coaching and general planning. These include:
Putting a Core team together.
This should generally comprise of a:
Developing a Robust Financial Model
Financial models should be considered both pre launch and post launch, which take into account finances from the following sources:
After launch a budgetary model should be adopted. A great model to start with would see income allocated as follows:
Developing a Launch Strategy
Before you launch your church, 2 of the critical aspects you normally need to put in place are:
A good launch strategy will help do this and build momentum and strength in these areas.
Apart from having in place a leader who isn’t shaped or equipped to be a successful planter, one of the biggest dangers to a church plant is birthing prematurely. When this happens, the new church will generally be weak and struggle to survive. This can be overcome by having a launch strategy that is a process rather than an event.
For example, it may be that:
This process may go on for 6, 9 months or more before the new church is finally ready to be launched.
Please make contact with me at email@example.com or call me on 03 674538 if you want to talk about church planting or are interested in finding out more.
You can download the slides from Leaders Together about Church Planting here.
We hope that the Leaders Together are truly adding value to you and thank all those who have been attending. At every LT, we aim to stimulate:
Thanks to all the A2A pastors and leaders who support the Leaders Together days so well. Whether you are a pastor, a leader a church member or other, we hope you find this rundown together with links to the various resources useful and that you can use this information to recap or use in training and updating your teams.
In finishing, the rest of the National Leadership Team and I are excited about where we are heading as a movement. We are on a journey as we are being carried along by the Spirit. We certainly haven't arrived and perhaps never will fully do so, but we are on the road to truly being a "sent" people, an apostolic people comprised of apostolic churches that are true missional.
We look forward to seeing more people reached and baptised, disciples made, leaders raised, churches pioneered and communities impacted.
Thank you for journeying with us.
The Acts 2 Alliance