I’m coming to the end of my trip to the USA.
In this video I share
- 3 things… I’m excited about moving to Brisbane because of this trip
- 1 request… It’s dangerous, so be warned!
I’ve loved spending a few days at the Spanish River Church Plant Retreat #srcpr!
This incredible gospel-centred church gives 20% of their budget away each year towards church planting! In the last 12 months they have been part of planting 77 churches in 25 different nations!! Generosity like this will keep changing the world and echo into eternity.
Guy Mason was inspiring as he shared stories in church this morning of how the message of Christ is changing people’s lives through City on a Hill in #Australia.
#churchplanting #gospel #knowjesus #makejesusknown
I’m currently attending In The Chute. It’s a conference run by the newly formed church planting network, The Geneva Push. The conference has been very well run. The Geneva Push is an impressive, well-thought out gospel-centred movement.
We’ve heard from Andrew Heard, Al Stewart, Mikey Lynch, Tim Baldwin, Paul Dale, Wayne Pickford, Jim Wallace, Mark Dever, Cathie Heard, Dave Sheath and Scott Parry-Jones. It’s all been great content and I’m praying that God would use this movement to plant 1000s of gospel centred, cross-driven, Christ-exalting churches throughout Australia. (What’s all the fuss about Jesus? Check this)
Mikey Lynch has been dominating the live blogging while we’re here. Seriously there’s like infinity posts. (If you’re reading this after the event – check the first post – and then keep clicking ‘newer post’ in the bottom left corner to work your way through them!)
Interested in Aussie church planting? Regardless of your denomination, check out The Geneva Push for a killer network.
The Geneva Push are really starting to gain some momentum. In the Chute conference is less than a month away and they have just launched their new website. It’s a smart and functional site that should prove to be a valuable resource for church planters.
“The Geneva Push is an Australian church planting network. We aim to raise up a new generation of church planters dedicated to evangelising churches into existence across this great nation.
The Geneva Push is named after the city where the reformer John Calvin did most of his ministry. He raised up hundreds of missionaries and church planters to other cities and countries. Our goal is to have a similar impact on the number of churches being planted in Australia.”
Because of the gospel imperative to keep proclaiming Christ to the world. We want to swamp Australia with healthy, energetic, theologically grounded churches that can turn our county upside down by reaching thousands more for Christ.
The aim of Geneva is to be a servant to the denominations and networks. It isn’t interested in being anything in itself. We want to be a tool that others use. The power of pooling our resources across the various denominations and networks from around the country is that we can do much more than we could do separately.
Rowan Hilsden will be finishing at Moore College at the end of this year. In 2010 Rowan, his wife Sarah and their family will be moving to Auckland to plant an evangelical church. This is exciting stuff!! Check out their website for info on how you can partner with them in this venture… whether you’re in Auckland or not. Here’s a snippet from their site:
[…] Auckland is a city in dire need for biblically based teaching which is theologically grounded, focused on Jesus and seeking growth. […] We would love to get in contact with anyone in Auckland: Who wants to see Auckland impacted by the life, death, resurrection and ascension of the historical Jesus; Who is thirsting for good teaching that leads to maturity in Christ; Who has not yet experienced the wonder of knowing Christ.
Church planting is so hot right now! Good. Below is a letter from Andrew Heard and Al Stewart with further information about the new Geneva Church Planting Network.
There is much happening at the moment in the world of church planting. It is exciting stuff! In all of this a number of people have asked for clarification regarding the new church planting network called Geneva. People have wondered what it will be doing and what it might offer.
Geneva will be run by a board of Australian church planters which will include Al Stewart, Andrew Heard and Mikey Lynch. Its purpose will be to help reformed/evangelical networks and denominations recruit, assess, train, coach and mentor church planters for placement back into their various networks and denominations. The passion of Geneva is to establish not just culturally relevant growing church plants but ones that are grounded deeply in reformed theology and so able to be kept from simple pragmatism and fads. This core value is critical for establishing churches that are best able to pass on a vibrant gospel to future generations.
GENEVA is a new church planting network launching in Australia December ’09. Mark Driscoll will be speaking via satellite. I like the name. Stay tuned for more details.
(h/t Andrew Heard via Dan Godden’s twitter)