Church is Hard
Transforming Teeside Together
The Salford Story
2019: It’s time to Future-proof your Church… and flourish
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Church is hard
I sat in a meeting. The discussion was heated. The conversation heavy.
Hearts were burdened. Chests were puffed. Sorrow, pain, arrogance, curiosity, humility, fear, courage, and forgiveness sat together in a single room.
As I looked around the church, I just kept thinking-

Church is hard.

Church is hard for the person walking through the doors, afraid of judgment.
Church is hard for the pastor’s family, under the microscope of an entire body.
Church is hard for the prodigal soul returning home, broken and battered by the world.
Church is hard for the girl who looks like she has it all together, but doesn’t.
Church is hard for the couple who fought the entire ride to service.


Transforming Teeside Together (follow link and scroll down)
This short inspiring video tells an amazing story of “A relational Unity Movement of Churches and Christian Charities in Teeside” (UK)
God is still touching whole cities. Things happen when the Body of Christ, together, gets desperate, gets real, seeks God, and decides to do something.
The Teeside campuses (churches) are blossoming.
The Salford Story (follow link)
This clip tells the story of a city in the UK that went from being a large port with an industrial heartland to being a derelict wasteland. It was a slow and sad death.
Then the Christian leaders got together, prayed, developed a bond and finally a vision. They prayed that vision into being.
Seeing what happened in that city bring tears of joy and goosebumps!!!



Happy Australia Day!

2019: It’s time to future-proof your church… and flourish
Staying ahead of the game in our changing world is getting harder.
Let’s be bold and take some risks!
Some thoughts:
Focus on what only churches can do, making sure there is a place for:
The person of Jesus, the work of the Spirit and the Bible.
Releasing people into ministry, especially personal evangelism.
Plan on leaving a legacy, especially empowered people.
Move from programs to practical discipling, from breadth to depth.
Take full responsibility, along with other churches, for your suburb or region.
Become a contemporary and flexible church (in a hurry).
Get out of debt, travel light and plan for a structure with few or no paid staff.
Be accessible, do church in public places.
Don’t seek to ‘get people to church’, but get your people ‘onto the streets’.
Explore creative and relevant times for various gatherings.
Be prepared to function and grow ‘underground’.
The world is changing quickly, it’s time to get radical!
Cardinal Francis George said in 2010, “I expect to die to bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square”.
Listen to the book, the Criminalisation of Christianity by Janet Folger. It can be downloaded through Audible, a division of Amazon. Listen before it becomes illegal.
Already the war in Australia is against those most vulnerable, families and children, especially Christians. It’s starting with full term abortions, introducing gender fluidity and banning scripture in schools.
Quoting a Christian mother who has been totally forbidden by the Family Court to see her daughter: “Christian mums lose 85% of custody cases. Parental rights are being ignored by the courts”.
See a web article linking the Family Courts with the paedophile industry.
Also, read this urgent letter to the Prime Minister.
Wanting to activate your church into personal evangelism?
There are many tools around. This is a 12 week hands on training program from the Normal Christian Life called Silence Breakers. Expressions of interest are already being sought for training in the Illawarra, follow link.
“My sheep are turning into fishermen!
The fishermen and their catch don’t like it in my sheep pen.”
Good article from the Clergy Coaching Network
In Summary:
Investing in your best people
Planning for the future
Focus on your highest value projects (Remember the 80/20 rule)
Adequate sleep
Thinking (this encompases the whole devotional life)
Your culture is quickly becoming the main way you attract and keep the best people – staff or volunteers. Great cultures will keep great people. Toxic cultures will expel them. Carey Nieuwhof
New Church Opens at Port Kembla:
Friday Feb 1st The Illawarra Business Hub.
The Business Hub meets 7- 8.80am the first Friday morning of every month at the Yallah Woolshed.
There is a catered breakfast and a speaker. Breakfast/coffee or tea available for purchase.The Business Hub aims to provide a Christian meeting place for all businessmen and women. it is open to anyone, we are about equipping, encouraging and empowering people to live Christ centred lives.
Contact email for catering. Next breakfast Feb1st.
7-8.30 Friday Feb 22nd
The 2019 Prayer breakfast launch is a going to be a special one! We are going to combine our prayer breakfast launch with the Illawarra Business Hub. The Illawarra Business Hub is a monthly breakfast meeting attended by Christian marketplace leaders to network, share, inspire and encourage one another.
This is the one that should not be missed. Get in touch via email
Franklin Graham Evangelistic Tour. Sydney Feb 23/24 2019.
In honour of 60 years since Billy Graham crusades in Australia, Franklin Graham is coming to Australia next year for an evangelistic tour, with Crowder doing the music.
Franklin Graham Evangelistic Tour. Sydney Feb 23/24 2019.
For news, details, actions for involvement, resources, how to volunteer and how to get churches involved,  follow link 
National Day of Prayer and Fasting March 2, 2019 
For further details, including locations, Resources, the Prayer Relay etc, go to theNational Day of Prayer and Fasting website
What is needed desperately today is prophetic insight. Scholars can interpret the past; it takes prophets to interpret the present. Learning will enable a man to pass judgment on our yesterdays, but it requires a gift of clear seeing to pass sentence on our own day. A W Tozer
Movement Day is becoming a premier forum to bring Australian Christians together to explore best practice, and in particular to expand our cultural vision from ministering to churches to ministering to towns and cities.
The next 2 day conference is in Sydney 8th and 9th May 2019
From Ian Shelton:
I recently had the wonderful opportunity to visit Washington DC where Christian leaders from 160 global cities gathered to share stories about how God was moving in the towns and cities of the world.
Here in Australia we are excited to be a part of this global movement as we gather at Movement Day Australia in Sydney, May 8-9, 2019.

See Ian’s short video introduction.

For further details and registration, follow link.
ILLAWARRA PRAYER BREAKFAST         Friday, 24 May 2019
Don’t take yourself too seriously, no one else does.
(Restarts in February)
Every Friday Morning Prayer Breakfasts 7.00 am. It’s a great time of prayer, fellowship and Godly start to the day. Meets at the offices of Warwick Marsh, Dads4Kids, behind Central Rd shops, through KFC car park Unanderra.
Pray with, and for, other Christian leaders in your area.   
How is your local leaders fellowship going? 
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