Thursday, April 2, 2009

All Melbourne Matters

a Biblical thought...
'This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the LORD. I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.' (2 Kings 20:6)

a Book thought...
A large building with little connection to the streets is essentially empty. (p65)
a Dave thought...
Yesterday I attended the Transforming Melbourne conference 'All Melbourne Matters' at New Hope, here are a few facts that were shared:

3.8 million people in our city and it takes all denominations to be in step with Christ to be able to do this. We are one body.
23% of church attenders are over 75, while 53% over 55
One third of leaders are over 55
Population is increasing at 90,000 but the churches are losing 4,500 a year
520,000 Melbournians are regularly involved in church
79% of people living in Melbourne have confidence in charities but sadly only 35% have confidence in churches.

Mark Sayers also shared about the challenge isn’t gathering young people but rather discipling them. While Brendan Nottle that a sermon is like a half time footy address but if you are not going back on the field there is no point revving up the troops. His challenge to get out of the building and meet peoples needs was simple yet so impacting. It was interesting turning up to an ecumenical gathering only to find out by a Salvo how to do church more effectively.

Just a thought.

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