First-ever online General Synod sessions run smoothly
The first-ever online sessions of a Convention of LCA General Synod have run smoothly overall, thanks to the diligent pre-Synod work done by most delegates.
Blessed by mission connections
Supporting LCANZ members serving in mission overseas is easier than ever, with LCA International Mission offering opportunities to connect with them via internet conferencing.
GPC meets online for first time
On 6 July, in a first for the LCANZ’s General Pastors Conference, participants met online for the triennial meeting with a slimmed-down agenda.
Witnessing over the airwaves
by Helen Beringen
Being called a ‘Ham’ may not be too flattering for most people, but for Western Australian retiree John Stephens it is a badge of honour. That’s because the 85-year-old has been a ‘Ham’ for most of his life – an amateur radio operator that is.
Nostril dramas: How stray hairs can derail online worship ministry
by Jonathan Krause
When COVID-19 put a temporary halt to public worship, congregations were challenged to put a new emphasis on offering online worship. Many different people take part in the presentation of worship and are filmed in their homes, close-up. That’s where nostril hairs are important.
Embracing change for his kingdom
Like many churches, Mawson Lakes Community Church in Adelaide’s north has undergone dramatic shifts in its ministries during COVID-19. But rather than looking to return to ‘normal’, members are embracing sustainable change.
Microsoft removes automatic email forwarding function
On 28 August, the LCA IT Department alerted users of its services that Microsoft is changing the functionality of automatic email forwarding, effective from 1 September. The new security measure introduced globally by Microsoft will have no impact on people who use their LCA email account for work.
Lockdown cocoon produces butterfly beauty
by Megan James
Intergenerational ministry is a priority for members of St Mark’s Lutheran Church Dalby in Queensland, so during COVID-19 church closures, they embraced new opportunities to engage all generations in their worship and activities.
by Jodi Brook
Grandparents play a vital role in a child’s faith formation. Of course, COVID-19 isolation and restrictions have kept many grandparents separated from their grandchildren. While this can be heartbreaking, there are many ways you can stay connected.
LCA security: what happened and what’s next?
On 9 June the LCA was the victim of an online security breach. On 10 June, upon investigating the seriousness of the attack, the LCA IT Department shut down the entire LCA network and deleted all user passwords in order to secure our systems and restore services safely.