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Now blogging at faithinaction.net.au

For years now Peter McDonald and I have been working together on the Faith in Action project and I have decided it would be great to consolidate my efforts by porting this blog content onto the same site so everything … Continue reading

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Reclaiming the gifts of “serviced” people

Thanks to those who came to our first Faith in Action Reading Group today as we looked at a chapter from “When Helping Hurts”. Thanks also to Dear Daisy for allowing us to all but take over your cafè. I … Continue reading

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The Challenge is to Start NOW!

One of the most profound lessons I have learned in my time working with communities is this: Whoever comes are the right people. Sounds simple, but so often it goes against our natural instincts. It certainly goes against my natural … Continue reading

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Discovering Hidden Opportunities

Can our pity for the stranger actually get in the way of us loving them? This is the thought that has been making a home in my mind this week. In the lead up to Christmas I witness a lot … Continue reading

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The benefits of starting with strengths (from the Surrender and 4D Conferences)

On Friday I ran a small workshop at the Adelaide Surrender Conference and then on Saturday I ran it again with a larger group at the SA Baptist Churches annual 4D conference. ….. Looking at a fictional town we did … Continue reading

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Looking for a Cafe Alternative?

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about Café Ministries in Churches and the creative potential of these ministries within the café-obsessed Australian culture. I have personally been involved in the business development of two social enterprise cafes and have … Continue reading

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So You Want to Start a Church Café?

Apologies in advance for a long post today.  It is the result of a throw away comment I made (and I immediately regretted) when sharing at a conference over the weekend. When sharing about my new role I said; “Please … Continue reading

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The Challenge and the Possiblity of Social Enterprise.

A colleague just send me a copy of this newspaper clip about a social enterprise running out of Lillydale Victoria. This creative little venture called Tasty Az was exactly the kind of thing I was looking for a year or … Continue reading

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Why size shouldn’t matter in Community Ministry

Having spent the last month traveling around Baptist Churches in South Australia I have seen an array of ways in which Churches engage with their local communities and it has confirmed what I have suspected for a while. When it … Continue reading

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How does the church respond to #YesAllWomen?

Originally posted on Thinking Out Loud …:
I remember the conversation so vividly. I was seventeen, it was a Saturday morning in summer, and our youth group was clearing the garden of an elderly church member. Taking a break, I found myself…

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