Cheap resources for church SRE programs

Looking to get a leg into your community through the local schools? Have your eye on teaching scripture, but not sure how to go about it? Tim Clemens, a scripture teacher at St Ives High has some resources that could save you time and money:

Greetings all

I've been a Scripture Teacher at St Ives High for the last few years. Whilst i've been there i've been working on a project called, which i launched in January. Basically it's a resource to serve Scripture teachers and their students by providing the teacher with an easy to use, biblical and engaging scripture curriculum. Scripture teaching is an incredibly under resourced area!

So at my website, people can download an entire curriculum for only $1 a lesson and they get the Teachers Notes and Student Workbooks delivered right to their inbox.

School's off to a flying start and i'm sure there will be a bunch of church planters who either teach scripture or are trying to organise a Scripture teacher but haven't got any curriculum to give to their teacher.

Fourteen different schools are currently using my curriculum, from Tamworth to Avondale to Chatswood so it's suitable for all sorts.

I've also written a short 44 page ebook for Scripture teachers which is available for free download on the web site.

Tim Clemens

Well worth checking out Tim's web site


Church to church flood relief

Peter Hughes has asked us to help him promote some grass roots support you can offer churches devestated by the Queensland floods.

We're happy to!

Dear All,

I am trying to co-ordinate partnerships between churches in Queensland and other churches, as Queensland gets back on their feet. The idea is that getting support to the churches on the ground provides a great witness to Jesus and his Gospel to the people who are in need.

At this stage the churches I have been in contact with are still working out what needs to be done, but they all need prayer. In the future they may need money, physical support and possibly teams to help rebuild. But I suspect prayer will be our main partnership and developing a network is our main priority to get information through quickly and easily. Can I ask you to sign up your church to the list of churches who are, or who are willing to help.

Soma has several volunteers who are willing to help and when the need arises they may contact you about specific needs.

The site is still being worked on, but PLEASE pass it around to whoever you think would want to jump on.


Any support you can offer passing the word around would be much appreciated!


Congratulations to Scott and Nat

A special Geneva Push welcome to Gwen Georgia Lilley Sanders, born this Sunday to Nat and Scott Sanders.

You may know Scott better as the general manager of Geneva Push.

The essential details: Gwen was born at 12.40am, Sunday 23 January 2011, weighing 3.055kg and 49cm long. Mum and bub are both doing well.

And since this is number four, Scott, we'd like to congratulate you on getting a good start on your core group :o)


Does Twitter make you feel like a twit?

Struggling to work out how to get the most out of social media? Does Twitter make you feel like a twit? Do you know grandmas with more idea about how Facebook works? This is the book for you…

Special thanks to Dan Godden to drawing our attention to this helpful free e-book over at Church Crunch. The Church Planter's Guide to Social Media helps you understand the significance of social media for your contacts, and how to use it to build relationships electronically.

A couple of caveats – it's written for an American audience who are much more into social media than Australians are a present (for a short time!) and it won't change the fact that media are only relevant if your audience are using them. So,

Step one – find out which social media your contacts are using in your church planting area

Step two – have a read through the book

Step three – contact us if you want any suggestions


Want a church building in Croydon?

We've been contacted by Neil Johnston, the assistant pastor at Hopecity Church, who has a great offer for someone looking to start a church in the Croydon area:

Our church is moving from our current building at 2/34 Research drive Croydon to a new location. The current lease at Research drive finishes at the start of May 2011 and we would like to give a church the opportunity to step into a fully fitted out building at no cost other than the lease (which can be negotiated with the owner)

If you would like to look at the building you can go to .

For any other details or to arrange an inspection you can contact me on 0411460414.

Click here to download a document with more details about the building.



The Media Guy


Hot-house for church growth

A humid venue in the heart of Canberra; no-frills accommodation; sandwiched between the end of a busy year and the beginning of the frantic holiday season.

For many people these would represent positive reasons not to attend a three-day training event.

Yet they did nothing to dissuade the more than a hundred and ten church planters and their supporters attending the second National In The Chute (NITC) conference hosted by Geneva Push.

“It was so encouraging and inspiring. It made me excited about church planting,” says Belinda Grant, who is planning to plant a congregation with her husband Tim in Melbourne’s Box Hill area.

“It was very helpful to hear from early stage painters in the ‘From conception to reality panel session’,” says Luke Yelland, who is currently pastoring a church plant in the Brisbane suburb of Corinda.

Geneva Push is a ‘grass roots’ network supported by a number of denominations and organizations including the Sydney Diocese that aims to raise up a new generation of Australian church planters.

Bishop Al Stewart, one of Geneva’s directors, says the network has been responding to the nation’s desperate need for more churches in a very Australian way.

“There’s an Australian expression about confronting an overwhelming situation: ‘Bite off more than you can chew, and chew like … well, do the very best you can.’

“That’s exactly what we’ve been doing for more than a year now and we’re encouraged by the results.”

The second National In The Chute conference was held at the Australian National University in December and featured Don Carson as well sessions from a number of successful Australian church planters.

Sharing from his experiences during the French Canadian revival, Dr Carson encouraged church planters to learn the lessons of history.

“Whitfield was the better preacher, Wesley the better planner,” Dr. Carson said, explaining the longevity of the Wesleyan movement.

Bishop Stewart says Geneva is determined to help planters plan for success.

This is the ninth conference run by Geneva in its first year of operation, and the network is already fostering the planting of 12 new churches, with another 15 projects under consideration.

“In The Chute was another great time seeing people come together from all over the country to encourage each other,” Bishop Stewart says.

“It’s also been great to see the real progress in terms of new churches starting and new people being reached.”