1. ‘The Take-aways’: Local Mission Workshops in Singapore

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    ‘Local mission’ can sometimes feel much harder than ‘overseas mission’ – particularly when our immediate families, friends or colleagues are involved. How can we engage people who are  not interested in attending church events?

    This month two dozen participants attended Local Mission workshops held in Singapore intended to help them wrestle with what Scripture has to say about the Gospel, culture and the Kingdom of God. All had previously been aware that many of their ‘non-Christian’ family and friends were unwilling to step into church contexts and had wrestled with how to bring together their love for Jesus and His people, and desire to effectively engage in the harvest.

    Over one and half days they discovered simple keys hidden in plain sight in the life and message of Jesus and the apostles, and the broader story of the Bible. This opened up unexpected possibilities for helping people in the harvest engage with Jesus and the Bible in the context of their own communities. The final part of the workshop involved participants brainstorming how they could apply their insights from Jesus and Paul to the different cultures represented by their family, friends and colleagues.

    Participants were asked about their main take-aways from the time:

    ‘There is hope yet. Lol. I can do this – we can do this. I’m not crazy and I’m not alone. What I’ve been desiring for the longest time is not heretical – a move of God.’
    ‘How we express to others can draw them away from God’
    ‘Importance of knowing the words and following the footsteps of Jesus.’
    ‘We need to understand more of other cultures; be more aware of aspects of Christian culture which are blockages.’
    ‘Religiosity is not spirituality. Religiosity repels spirituality draws.’
    ‘Being able to discuss openly and dissect and see a little clearer how to relate with other cultures from a place of humility and also love.’
    ‘Kingdom bridges, ie the common kingdom values between us and other religions and cultures.’
    ‘to point people to Jesus regardless of your church’.
    ‘Stay focused on God’s message to people’.
    ‘Jesus is not the same as Christian culture’.
    ’Be simple and faithful in the Kingdom work’.
    ‘Rely on Scripture to define the Gospel and filter off Christian jargon that is related but confusing’.
    ‘It helps me to fully understand what is the Gospel defined’.
    ‘The Gospel is about the Kingdom of God, not just Jesus came to reconcile us to God and have eternal life. Not just about repentance of sin, but repentance from following voices other than God.’

  2. North Queensland Training: Tracking Jesus, Tracking the Lost

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    A series of training sessions brought to you by echoNQ…

    What would it look like to follow in Jesus’ footsteps here in Normanton? Are you excited to track the lost with the Master Tracker (Jesus) and celebrate all that come home into His Kingdom?


    This series of sessions will help you track Jesus and track the lost around you, making you an effective disciple maker (please only sign up if you can come to all of these, as we cover new things at each session):


    Monday 28th May, 7 – 9pm

    Friday 1st June, 7 – 9pm

    Saturday 2nd June, 7 – 9pm

    Monday 4th June, 7 – 9pm

    Monday 11th June, 7 – 9pm


    Meet at the Normanton AOG church. Bring a bible, pen & paper.




    For more info or to RSVP, shoot an email to Steve Behrens by Sunday 27th May (

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  3. Seattle Training!

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    Are you interested in collaborating with others locally who are focused on reaching the unreached?    Make your understanding of DMM (Disciple Making Movements) more practical with this four-session workshop. These four sessions will walk you through next steps in reaching the unreached in your own communities.

    • January 18th – Vision: When we begin the process of fulfilling the Great Commission, we must begin with the idea of vision.
    • February 1st – Pray: Prayer does not equip us for the greater work, prayer is the greater work.
    • February 15th – Go: Engaging the harvest, living spiritually conspicuous lives. International flight not required.
    • March 1st – Disciple / Multiply: The goal of discipleship is likeness to Christ.

    Time and Location:  Thursday evenings, 6:30 – 9:00 pm.  Bellevue Presbyterian Church, Room UC-105 (Upper Campus)

    Workshops facilitated by Marc & Lisa Bauman (Overlake Christian Church) and Margie Gilchrist (Bellevue Presbyterian Church).  If interested, please

    You can Register Here

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