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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
by Tim O'Neill
You can't afford to miss out!
Really, you can’t afford to miss out on the 2018 A2A Conference.
Our last Conference was amazing, but we’re expecting even greater things from this years' conference.
Sometimes we just need the effort to go to where we can connect with others, be inspired, learn new perspectives and allow the Spirit to minister to us.
After the last conference a few delegates said:
Messages touched my heart. I loved the amazing speakers. Soaking in worship. The fellowship with everyone. I learnt new and refreshing ideas to take back with me.
The love of God and power of the Holy Spirit moved me to a higher place in God.
I received confirmation about the direction and decisions we have come to. I felt encouraged and connected with others.
Heard afresh from God His call on my life and received a glimpse of His plan for its unfolding.
Who should come to the 2018 conference?
This year's conference will help lead us deeper in our faith journey as we Worship the Father, learn from the Son and are impacted by the Holy Spirit. It’s a conference for pastors and leaders, for team members, and for all who want to be inspired and equipped in our faith.
We have a range of world class speakers lined up for you. Mark Connor, who for 23 years led what was probably Australia’s second largest church will minister to us about going deeper and the life lessons he has learnt.
Steve Addison will do what he has been doing in many countries; equip us in how we can reach and make disciples who will reach and make disciples of others. Vince Esterman will inspire us with stories of how he has pioneered churches across France and Reunion Island.
Sharon O’Neill will talk to us about steps we can take to connect with our community and we will hear from Carl Mutzelburg about the journey he is on in implementing disciple making principles in an established church. Andrew Corbett will treat us with teaching form a book of the Bible.
And then we will have Pastor Phil Benson giving what is sure to be hilarious advice and wisdom!
Brilliant. Loved the keynote speakers, but also loved hearing from leaders from within the movement. So much wisdom.
I loved the diversity of content and style. The messages were relevant to all ministry leaders, not just senior pastors.
The speakers were absolutely fantastic. It was great to hear simple, yet incredibly profound and applicable messages straight from the values of the movement.
It changed my viewpoint of the ministry - love God love others in my uniqueness.
A great time to connect...
One of the highlights for many about the conference is that it’s a great time to catch up with old friends and new. Ministry can be lonely at times. Often we don’t realise how much we get refreshed by connecting with others on a similar journey, until we take the time to do so. Thats a reason why we don’t schedule in main sessions during the afternoons; so that delegates can get the chance to hang out in a coffee shop or restaurant with others and shoot the breeze with them.
It’s often only then that we can realise that we are enough. We don't have to be something that we aren’t, and whether our church is large or small, God is with us and uses us.
I don’t need to do more or be better. I am enough!
Loved the fellowship.
To help delegates connect even better, this year we are offering a range of optional dinners on Tuesday evening, and optional activities on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon where you will get the chance to spend time getting to know other delegates.
Or you might like to simply chill and do coffee with Rick and Marcy Paynter and a few others on Wednesday afternoon.
But wait, there's more!
As if this isn’t enough, Jess Mutzelburg will be leading an optional Women’s Breakfast on Tuesday morning, with Phillip Mutzelburg leading a Men’s breakfast on Wednesday morning.
Emerging Leaders might like to go to the optional Tuesday afternoon workshop with Mark Connor. For those with an interest in Disciple Making, Steve Addison will be offering an optional workshop on Tuesday afternoon.
We have so many optional extras for this years conference. But one thing that isn’t optional is that throughout the conference we will all be able to participate in great worship and be refreshed in the Spirit’s presence.
The whole thing was deeply impacting. Stirred on all fronts.
Brilliant, I felt challenged, encouraged and inspired.
The worship was powerful and impacting.
I learned I need to free up my passion for Jesus and am going home to do just that.
What's the cost?
The cost of not registering and coming along is huge! It’s a cost I’m not prepared to pay!
The cost of coming along isn’t that much considering what you will receive. If you are an A2A Credential holder, your registration is already paid. All you need to do is register.
If you don’t hold an A2A Credential, the normal registration fee is $220.00
If you are an Emerging Leader or if this is your first A2A Conference, the cost is just $150.00
For children, their participation in the A2A Children's Programme is $100 each child under 12.
You can also choose to participate in the conference by day and that cost is $75 each day (Tuesday or Wednesday).
You can register for the conference here: http://www.a2a.org.au/conference.html
What about accommodation?
We have a special deal with Watermark Hotel and Spa in Surfers Paradise where the Conference is being held, with highly competitive rates provided for our delegates.
To take advantage of these rates, please use the code "A2A" when making your reservation.
To make your reservation you can either call the hotel directly on 0755888333 or via their website https://www.watermarkhotelgoldcoast.com.au. On the website the "Book" button is in the upper right hand corner of the webpage and provides a space for entering the promo code. Upon entering these details you will be able to view the rooms available and their respective rates.
If you would like to organise an extra bed or reserve a parking space (highly recommended if you plan to bring a car), it is suggested that you call the hotel as these are supplied at an additional cost.
Parking is available at the hotel, but it is limited. Parking can be reserved with your room at $20 per night, but this can only be done by calling the hotel on 0755888333. Alternatively, valet parking is available for $30 per night, or off-site parking facilities may be considered. If you plan to bring your vehicle it is advised that you make arrangements for parking in advance.
The 2018 A2A Conferences will be held at the Watermark Hotel and Spa in Surfers Paradise, Qld and will be commence at 7:00pm on Monday 30 April (Registrations open at 6:00pm) and will conclude at 12:30pm on Thursday 3 May 2018.
3032 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise Queensland 4217
We hope to see you at what promises to be our best Conference yet!