The LCANZ’s New Horizons local mission conference program is heading to Sydney this month. The conferences are being staged across Australia and New Zealand, as the teams work together to engage with new arrivals and support congregations wanting to be more embracing of newcomers.
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.
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.
Make friendships for friendship’s sake, not with an evangelism target in mind. Just live your life, and wait for God to open up opportunities to share the good news if people ask the question. And that’s all there is to it.
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’.