If you lead or help in a church ministry, here are four Australian resources which can assist and encourage you.
Matthias Media is a local evangelical publisher with a distinct focus:
“We’re not the slightest bit interested in adding to the already monumental pile of Christian books churned out each year by the Christian publishing industry. The world needs more Christian books like it needs more websites.
However, we are passionate about publishing resources that fuel, promote and support gospel growth. So our publishing criteria for any project is threefold:
» Does it meet a gospel ministry need?
» Is the content faithful to the Bible?
» Is the quality of a high standard?”
At church, we’ve found much of their material meets those criteria, including the well-known Two Ways To Live gospel tract / training course and small group Bible studies. I appreciate that the contents are written by locals, as it can be difficult to adapt overseas material for local use. Matthias Media also produces The Briefing, a leading Australian evangelical publication.
The Geneva Push is a new Australian church planting network, with the aim to “raise up a new generation of church planters dedicated to evangelising churches into existence across this great nation.” They are a non-denominational support organisation, offering information to update pastors and leaders on church planting news and issues. They also provide assessments and coaching for potential church planters.
I’ve learned that the ministry and mindset of church planting is very different to ministry in an established church. Church planters need the kind of support which The Geneva Push is offering. If you are interested in planting a church, bookmark this site.
This well-produced site is very informative, collecting Australian religious news and providing viewpoints on ministry and social issues. It’s Anglican-centric, but you don’t have to be Anglican to benefit from it!
Each quarter, north Queensland pastors Wally Jaworski and Tracy Minnick publish a helpful collection of articles for pastors, for free. Produced with independent Baptists in mind, Wellsprings usually includes biblical, theological or pastoral topics by various writers, as well as book reviews.