Insights

 

A series of thought-provoking articles by Kiwi practitioners addressing key issues of community outreach in New Zealand in the 21st century

 

Author Bio Article
Howard Webb is a director of The Love Your Neighbour Trust which provides stories, tools and training to help community-facing churches find kingdom success

Think the attractional church model is history?
It is all that has ever worked


I have seen a lot of material recently that tries to pitch ‘attractional’ church against ‘missional’ church as though one is the failed past and the other is the hopeful future. However, the only model of church with a track record of success over millennia has been attractional.

Howard Webb is a director of The Love Your Neighbour Trust and has been helping churches engage their community for 20 years by providing stories, tools and training

Unserious Church

Unserious church believes that their people will somehow work out appropriate behaviour for themselves. Serious church builds accountability around right behaviour, inspired by the words of Scripture and empowered by the Holy Spirit. 

Howard Webb is a director of The Love Your Neighbour Trust and has been helping churches engage their community for 20 years by providing stories, tools and training

Too busy for community outreach? It’s not OK

We can’t allow a culture of busyness dictate the terms of our engagement with our community. Howard reveals the special place of community outreach in God’s redemptive plan and how our churches will be sicker and poorer if we disengage from it

Stephen Worsley is senior pastor at Mt Albert Baptist Church and serves on the board of the Love Your Neighbour Trust. He is also a concert pianist and has written resources for church worship and preaching.

Was I to be the grinch who stole Christmas?

We can sometimes be the victims of our own success. With a flagging volunteer team, was it time to kill the much-celebrated ‘Christmas in Bethlehem’ community event? Steve describes the how Petone Baptist went about making this call

Howard Webb is a director of The Love Your Neighbour Trust, providing stories, tools and training to see every neighbourhood befriended by a local church

The Needs-based Evangelism Trap

Howard reflects on the nature and quality of church community outreach in New Zealand and draws some conclusions that may surprise you.

Ginny Larsen is the Manager and New Projects Worker of Neighbourhood Trust, the community arm of St Albans Baptist Church in Christchurch

Money Can’t Buy You Vision

Ginny reflects on the role of cold hard cash in community ministry. Do we sometimes put the cart before the horse?

Russell Thorp is the Missions Director of GC3, which aims to enhance missions involvement within the network of Christian Brethren churches in New Zealand and around the world.

Everyone has to Eat – Hospitality as Mission

Russell points out that we tend to think of mission as somehow ‘other’, divorced from our ordinary life, when really it is easier than we think

Graeme Flett is a member of the academic staff of Laidlaw College. he was the senior minister of Burnside Elim Community Church for 13 years. Graeme’s ongoing interest in team-based ministry and leadership is reflected in his PhD studies

Being the Expert is Harming your Team

As leaders we can feel like we have to have all the answers. In fact the secret to a strong team is learning how to ask the important questions