Despite any fears we may have about the future of our church, God is at work in our communities. The green shoots of growth in his kingdom include new congregations being planted around the LCANZ. And now you have the chance to play your part in this exciting mission work.
When Rockingham Mandurah Lutheran Church, Western Australia, began a church-planting journey more than four years ago, they knew they couldn’t source all the necessary funding from within their community. But the Holy Spirit had things in hand.
Matt’s the extrovert; he’s great at conversation and drawing people in. I’m the introvert; I love hospitality, cooking and creating a space where people feel comfortable. We’re really looking forward to creating a missional community. You just have to find the place that God’s been calling you to.
We Lutherans often miss the fact that in our baptism the Spirit of God comes to live in us. We need to change our thinking from ‘I need to share my faith’ to ‘How can I participate with the Spirit who lives in me?’
Jennifer Cruz (Wyndham missional community, Vic) has always struggled with sharing her faith. Now she’s learning that relational ministry is not about how well she knows the Bible or what she does for God. It’s about what God is doing through her.
Sometimes church planter Chris Podlich (Beyond Church, Qld) still feels the weight of responsibility. But these days he’s more likely to remember, ‘If Jesus has called to it, he’s going to get you through it’.