We are looking for the right person to become Executive Assistant to Tim O'Neill the President of A2A, the Acts 2 Alliance.
This is a key position and we are searching for the right person who has is able to be the front line of communicating with pastors and leaders and their churches throughout A2A as well as having strong organisational skills.
A2A is a movement of churches who are passionate about engaging in our communities in a way that is meaningful and effective. We want to be contemporary reflections of the church in Acts 2.
Our mission is raising enduring leaders to build prevailing churches and our vision is to become an alliance of dynamic missional churches expanding locally and globally.
A2A currently has churches in five Australian states.
The main objectives in relation to this position are to support the President by:
This position is currently approximately a half time position and is located in Launceston Tasmania.
Ideally the successful candidate will have experience in general administration and will have great communication and relational skills.
For more information or to explore this further, please contact either:
Welcome to the A2A Movement Update for May 2018! The dust is just settling from another highly successful National Conference, and in this update we will give you links videos of the Conference teaching sessions as well as notes helping to summarise each session. You’ll also find details of the feedback we received and importantly, details of the 2019 National Conference and how you can register.
You will also find some great ideas on engaging with your community, and details of the Leaders Together days for June.
2018 National Conference
Thanks to all who served or attended the recent A2A National Conference. What a conference it was! the feedback about the speakers and the worship was exceptional, but even more than that was how I loved seeing both the sense of friendship and community that is growing across our movement and how so many had special Holy Spirit inspired moments throughout the conference.
We are a movement of “differents”, yet at the same time there is a wonderful sense of unity amongst the different parts of our movement. This is something to be valued and is reflective of of the Cultural Distinctives that we felt the Holy Spirit has asked us to strengthen.
The theme that evolved throughout the conference was “Sent”, and what a powerful theme it was!
For me, a hi light was at the conference when the room was filled with the voices of men and women affirming their decision to be a sent people; an apostolic people and declaring with one voice:
"Today I pledge that I will obey Jesus by going into the harvest as He sends me, spending the rest of my days intentionally seeking the one’s who are lost, leading them towards faith in Him, and the new life He will give them, as they follow Him and grow in Him as His disciples."
If we as a movement truly embrace these words, we will never be the same again, and neither will be the towns, cities and regions across our nation where we live and work.
We have now received over 80 completed feedback forms, and are grateful for the comments which were overwhelmingly positive with some great comments suggesting fine tuning of aspects. We have already taken many of the comments and incorporated them into the planning for next years conference.
In response to the question: “What major decision/s have you made at this conference?”, nearly half of the responses revolved around being sent, going into the harvest and making disciples.
You can read more about feedback from the conference here.
We have started an A2A Vimeo channel at https://vimeo.com/a2a and posted the conference videos on them.
We have also put together some notes of all but the optional workshops os that you can reference the notes as you review the videos. The notes can be downloaded from here.
The conference videos are a great resource for you to be able to take to your elders and ministry leaders and use as discussion points.
There are a number Conference videos that we have put on vimeo that are password protected. This has also meant that they also aren’t visible to the public. You can find them by using the links provided:
Michael O’Neill - Being a Daniel in a Secular Industry
Sharon O’Neill - Engaging With Our Community
We will post the password in the A2A Pastors and Leaders Facebook Group as well as email the password to all attendees.
During the Movement Business session, we provided an overview of our movement. The slides from this session are available here.
2019 A2A National Conference
We are pleased to be able to confirm that we have booked QT in Surfers Paradise as the venue for our 2019 Conference which will run from 29 April to 2 May 2019.
We are excited that we have been able to secure as our Guest Speakers Oscar Muriu and David Storer, two amazing church leaders and speakers.
We are already taking registrations for the 2019 National Conference. You can register for the conference here.
You are welcome to register now and pay later. You will be able to receive a 10% discount on the registration fee if you register and pay prior to 31 December 2018.
Engaging With Your Community
We’d love to hear from any new or successful initiatives that you are doing, so please let myself or Sharon O’Neill know about them or post them in the A2A Pastors and Leaders Facebook Group.
Here’s a short video from Sharon giving some ideas about how Mothers Day can offer great opportunities for connecting with the broader community.
Baptisms In Your Church
The NLT is encouraging every church to set baptism targets for the year, whether it be 1 or 100 - or any other number! We encourage churches to do this to keep the mandate that Jesus gave us to baptise people front of mind.
Has your church set baptism targets yet?
Leaders Together in June
We are well advanced in our planning for the next round of Leaders Together to be held in a month or so. We will be unpacking some key learnings from major conference sessions, looking at some regulatory issues that we need tp be aware of and throwing around some ideas for engaging with the broader community.
You can register for the June Leaders Togethers here.
Just a reminder about three big focuses we encourage churches throughout A2A work on, and that we will be helping with by providing ideas, tools and opportunities for discussion. It would be great if as churches you could talk about and grapple with these big 3 if you aren’t already.
The big 3 are:
If we can make progress with these 3 issues, we will be well on the way to furthering our mission of “raising enduring leaders to build prevailing churches” and our vision of “becoming an alliance of dynamic missional churches expanding locally and globally”.
17 May 2018
It’s getting harder and harder for churches to find property they can use. Not only that, but it’s getting increasingly difficult for churches to finance their buildings via banks. This is why:
1. Banks are reluctant to sell a church property
Banks are very aware of the potential for bad PR if they take possession of and sell a church building that has been funded by people from the community. So whilst a bank may have a first mortgage as security over the money they have loaned the church, in their eyes the first mortgage is practically useless.
2. Banks can’t get director’s guarantees as additional security
Where a bank lends to a private company, it will invariably obtain director’s guarantees as an extra form of security. This is generally not possible to obtain in respect of a church. As a result, when dealing with churches, banks miss out on this form of security as well.
3. Banks are reluctant to lend to “specialised properties” like churches
Because most church buildings are regarded as “specialised buildings” with a limited market if they are to be sold, if banks do lend money to a church, they will generally only lend up to 50% of the value of the property, meaning that funds will need to obtained from other sources.
4. Banks will want the church to have a record of returning profits
For a bank to make the decision to lend money for a church building, the bank will not only want to see a history of surpluses being made sufficient to cover the interest, but will want the surpluses to be sufficient to pay back the loan over time. The bank will generally look to see a record of surpluses of between 1.5 and 2 times the amount of interest to be paid.
This is problematic for most churches, as being not for profits, they don’t exist to make a profit. Instead, most churches will use the income they derive to fund ministry and mission, aiming to break even after doing so, rather than generate the surpluses the bank will look for.
5. Banks will generally regard churches as being an industry in decline
When making lending decisions, the decisions banks make will be influenced by the economic strength and prospects of the industry that the borrowing organisation belongs to.
The IBISWorld Industry Report in relation to Religious Services in Australia makes that comment that “Falling adherent numbers are constraining revenue growth” and “While some small, international religions are in their growth stage, religious organisations on the whole are in decline”. Churches belong to an “industry sector” that is seen to be in decline and consequently not attractive to banks.
What does this all mean?
The bottom line is that churches will increasingly need to find alternative sources of finance for their building projects, reducing their reliance on bank finance. Naturally churches will want to accumulate money in the bank before starting a project. Such funds can come from accumulated surpluses, special offerings or at times the sale of other assets.
Another alternative is to develop a borrowing mechanism where the church can borrow from individuals and even self managed super funds. The church I lead has developed and use a structure that provides the church with a non bank source of finance at a greatly reduced interest rate whilst providing investors with an interest return that is considerably better than they could get in a cash management account, with their investment being secured by a second mortgage and a registered general security agreement.
Email me if you would like more information about the mechanism we have set up. If you decide to set up a non bank finance structure along these lines, there are many issues to consider and you will need to seek your own advice, but we may be able to provide you with an initial blueprint that you can look at and discuss with your professional advisers.