Around 50 attendees from Vic, SA, ACT and New Zealand gathered on-line recently for this year’s New Horizons conference.
A wide range of grassroots LCANZ members and friends, all of whom are experimenting with a variety of local ministry and mission practices, shared their learnings with the conference.
Key note speakers expanded on the following themes:
- How to take the first practical steps in sharing the good news of Jesus with our neighbours.
- Beginning an on-line ministry and building up our congregational reach through on-line community.
- Non-threatening ways to build relationships with the people in your suburb.
- Creating welcoming physical spaces at church – key aspects to look out for.
- Being missionaries in our own suburb. How to reach out to those who would find the ‘culture’ of any local church very foreign.
- Creating spaces (physical and listening spaces) for engaging and mentoring young people and folks from multi-ethnic backgrounds.
- Opening up a small-group home ministry for non-christian friends.
- Overcoming physical, emotional and intellectual barriers to engagement with visitors.
Feedback from participants was overwhelmingly enthusiastic.
Thanks to our partners LCA New and Renewing Churches department and especially Craig Heidenreich and Pr. Nathan Hedt for their partnership in the conference, their teaching, and their encouragement.
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