launch team 05 at Dutton Park State School

We met this afternoon at Dutton Park State School! (Google map here.)

Quite a few people were away or busy but there was still a good number of us. I’m excited about how keen everyone is to serve.

It was helpful to begin to get a feel for what it will be like to function in the school. It’s great to have the keys and a home for our public gatherings next year!

Now on with the logistics…

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launch social and launch team meeting 05

It was fun to hang out with a good number of the launch team at Orleigh Park this arvo! I think it’s something we could do fairly regularly on Saturdays or after church on Sundays.

God willing, we’ll next meet at the venue we will be using next year at 4pm on Saturday 29th November–progress from our lounge room! Hopefully it’s already in your diary. Please do highlight it and plan to be there. ;)

launch team meeting 04

The meeting on Saturday was a good opportunity to spend some time together discussing, praying and eating.

For those who missed it, the formal meeting ran as follows:

First, we had a look at James 5:19-20:

My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. (ESV)

Having spent the last month or so looking at James in unichurch we’re all very aware of the tendency of our hearts to wander from the truth. We need the word of correction and the mercy-framed call to humbly trust God as he addresses us in the Scriptures. But the letter is not just a word to call each one of us individually back to the truth. We have the opportunity and privilege and responsibility to love our brothers and sisters by speaking to one another the word by which God saves, forgives and keeps his people.

Secondly, we revisited the shape of the ministry that we’ve been discussing over the last few months.

(This is the same powerpoint that appears in the previous post.)

Thirdly, we split into groups which reflect networks of people who could form community group Bible studies with the goal of building one another up in Christ and partnering with one another in reaching particular networks. Groups formed around life stage at the meeting: students, new grads, workers and young couples, and families.

Groups needn’t be defined narrowly and some may wind up being determined in geographical terms rather than those of age and stage. There are certainly some advantages to spanning generations, not least the opportunities to learn from the wisdom of years. As we work it out the key thing is to factor in convenience and accessibility for friends who may make their way into the group.

Discussion included the opportunities and difficulties of meeting together and some thoughts on how being on mission will shape the process of forming a group and being a group.

Fourthly, we prayed to the God on whom we depend and whose work it is.

Finally, we discussed some of the opportunities to serve. Thanks to those who have completed the serving opportunity surveys. At this stage the key need is to identify people who can oversee particular areas of ministy. Keep the surveys and any additional thoughts you’ve had rolling in.

launch team meetings 02 and 03

The next launch team meeting is on Saturday 11th October, 4pm to dinner. Let me know if you’re planning to come.

The last meeting on 20th September was a good opportunity to continue to clarify the shape that our partnership will take. A few things have resolved over the last month or so:

  • name:: we’ll run with ‘southside church‘ and maybe try different tag lines such as ‘an independent evangelical church’. In any case, it’s a name we can work with and it will communicate with outsiders.
  • venue:: a verbal agreement is in place and, God willing, we’ll sign a rental agreement in coming weeks.
  • time:: Sundays at 9:30am (launch 8th February).
  • bible study groups:: the pattern will be one of following the sermon series

To discuss this Saturday:

  • kidschurch:: we haven’t yet pursued a conversation about how we will structure things, though a few things were said at an earlier meeting:

    There will be some kids around the place and our desire as a church will be to help their parents pastor them. That will have a range of implications.

    One aspect is that we want parents to be great theologians and great examples of godliness for their children–both of which are the products of the Spirit’s work as the Scriptures are read and taught and discussed and applied.

    A secondary element of our caring for kids in our congregation will most likely be providing church designed for kids during part or all of our main meeting. (To facilitate the parent-child pastoring, I’m keen for us to work at coordinating the kids’ teaching material with the preaching program.)…

    Integral to pastoring our kids will be helping them grow as ministers and missionaries:

    * as we meet, in their attitude of welcome and consideration of new children and speaking the truth in love to one another.
    * among their peers in school and social settings.

    I outlined some thoughts regarding what our kidschurch time may look like at the last meeting–essentially a duplication of the church-Bible.study package for a different age group. Kids could have some corporate time with songs, games, memory verse, Bible teaching (talk/puppet/drama/?) and then split up into smaller groups for craft, games etc as a context for clarifying, reinforcing and applying what has been taught.

  • youth:: from a threshold of 10 or so, younger people might stay in the pubic meeting. A forum for youth gathering with one another and some young adults to discuss, understand and apply what is preached publicly to their particular context will be helpful. Again, this is an echo of the wider paradigm and would also need to include the element of doing life together with gospel intentionality.
  • serving:: there are a whole realm of possibilities in terms of service, it will be helpful to hear how you feel you may be able to serve in the formal and informal aspects of our partnership. If you can’t make it, please do email me some thoughts.

Do keep praying to our sovereign and merciful God.