Beginning a change process with crazy ideas:

Crazy Idea 1: Visit one church in your area once, ie A SINGLE OCCASION

Crazy Idea 2: Ask the congregation the questions you’ve never before dared to ask.

(Blue highlights are links)
Sometimes to begin a change process, we have to do something a bit crazy, just to make things uncomfortable and set the scene.
No Risk, No Reward 
(Play it safe and we’ll all go to sleep)
Crazy Idea 1: Shut down your church and visit other churches.
To put rubber on the road of loving others within the body of Christ.
To step out from our normal comfort zones.
To encourage new or smaller churches to keep on going or increase their vision.
To give our people a wider vision of what God is doing in the community.
To demonstrate to the wider world that Churches do indeed talk to each other.
Issues for the Leaders
Will they come back? Jesus words apply “Give and it will be given to you” 
Can I trust my people? Sheep are led, cattle are driven, you are a shepherd
I am responsible: Grasp with your treasure tightly and it will run through your fingers, open your hand and God will fill it. 
They have a different doctrinal statement of faith: Is your statement of faith designed to summarise good news for the hungry, or is it a screening process to draw the line for belonging. Your baseline will stand if it’s true.
Crazy Idea 2: Ask everyone in the church to anonymously answer the following open questions: 
(This is not for the faint hearted)
How many friends have you invited to church (in any time period)
Why did you invite them? 
Are there people who’d you’d like to invite to church?
What’s holding you back? 
What would you change in church to be more comfortable in inviting friends along? 
No Risk, No Reward
(Play it safe and we’ll all go to sleep)
“We will have fellowship with anyone who agrees with us”
Daily Morning Prayer Relay

Many people have been joining in this special prayer time which coincides with the 40 Day Prayer & Worship Relay (see poster below).
Most people are praying from home in the 24/7 prayer relay but here is an open group meeting at Coniston 
Monday to Friday
13 March to 7 April 2017
Coniston United Church (grounds of Pulse 94.1FM)
39 Bridge St, Coniston 2500
Yours for the kingdom of God
Warwick Marsh, Pat Steele and Hengki Widjaja


First City Serve of the year, April 1st THIS SATURDAY. Follow link for website
Shellharbour Aboriginal Community Youth Association
Oakleigh Park Hall, Warilla NSW 2528, Lake Illawarra, NSW 2528 Australia 

From Pastor Shane Cook:
Come along on the 1st of April from 8am to 4pm at the Shellharbour Aboriginal Community Youth Association (SACYA) located at 159 Shellharbour Road, Warilla (Oakleigh Park Hall) as we work together to create an improved recreation, after school care and learning area for our regional indigenous youth.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided for all volunteers.
CityServe shirts and caps will be available for purchase on the day.

More information: 0417 027 472
Leeanne Gill
CityServe Advocate
Shellharbour Community Church

Please send someone from you church to observe what the Lord is doing


Shellharbour For Jesus Apr 7 – Apr 9

Our heart is that you would learn how to abide in unbroken intimacy with God, walk in the power of His Spirit, live free from the struggle of sin and in-turn, reign in this life through the one Jesus Christ! (Summarised from website, see link)
Session Times
Friday Night 7pm – FREE
Saturday 9am to 9:30pm – $25
Sunday 12pm to 7:30pm – FREE
The event is being held at Shellharbour Community Church and outreaches will take place in various locations.

Northern Beaches Churches Door to Door Easter Visitation.

This visitation programme has now expanded to Woonona Presbyterian, Woonona Baptist, Bulli Anglican and Austinmer Anglican churches.
Yes, it’s a bit scary, but when done in the very professional manner with ordinary people, it’s very effective. There is a change in mindset from ‘getting people in’ to ‘going out’. And it can actually be a lot of fun mixed with divine encounters.
Hazel Nisbet
Serve Co-ordinator
Woonona Presbyterian Community Church
7 Gray Street
God Don’t Sponsor No Flops
National Gathering Sydney 2-3 May 2017
A National Conference to Explore City Gospel Movements.

In May, people from around the nation and from overseas will be gathering in Sydney for the inaugural National Gathering. The event is open to leaders and interested Christians from church and market place.
The purpose of the NG is to encourage and to inspire delegates with stories of how the gospel can, and is impacting cities and towns around the world, including our own nation. Tim Keller from Redeemer Church in New York described this city gospel movement:
The movement has seen incredible results in New York where there’s been a 300% growth in Christianity in recent years. At no point in history has there been such potential for a new growth of Christianity.
“The speed (and growth) of the gospel in a city is in proportion to the depth of unity in that city in the body of Christ”.

Hosted by Ian Shelton, One Heart Coordinator       Follow link for details 
Wollongong Prayer Breakfast Friday May 26th
City Beach Function Centre
Speaker is Wendy Simson OAM
Early Bird Tickets available now.  Follow link for details.  
Save the date, more details to come.

Gong Men’s Day. Sat 17th June at Dapto Anglican Church 
Details to come
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. 
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