Mission-minded church

How successful churches lose energy

July 7, 2009 | Michael KellahanSome of Jesus' strongest words are directed against the church in Laodecia that says "I am rich, I have acquired wealth, and do not need a thing."

7 lessons for church planters

June 30, 2009 | Michael KellahanSeven lessons to take away from the Moore College Church Planting Conference:

Dawn of new era?

June 23, 2009 | Michael KellahanOnly one more sleep until the Church Planting Conference at Moore College and there is a talk that a new network will be born there.

Sermon notes from Mr Rudd

June 16, 2009 | Michael KellahanPraise and criticism of our Prime Minister's speech teaches us how to preach in 21st Century Australia.

Courage in tough times

June 9, 2009 | Michael KellahanGiven the GFC (and cuts to regional grants) our local churches could easily become risk averse. But history says now is the time to think about mission and church planting.

Stop the body count

June 2, 2009 | Michael KellahanChurches do body counts. How else could you measure progress? Here are six reasons we should not measure success by attendance.

Install Q&A at your church

May 26, 2009 | Michael KellahanEight reasons you should have question time after the sermon.

Time to be fanatics

May 19, 2009 | Michael KellahanMost Sydneysiders are happy for Christianity to be your code of choice. Just don't get fanatical about it. Don't say it should be the only game in town. Don't rubbish the other codes.

Reforming rector accountability

May 12, 2009 | Michael KellahanThe protection afforded senior ministers in the Anglican system can lead to the exploitation of parishioners or churches led by the wrong men. What might reform look like in this area?

Small ideas, big impact

May 5, 2009 | Michael KellahanLast week, I copped a bit of flak for being 'too negative' about Mark Driscoll's Mars Hill Global. However I think we too easily under-estimate the force of really simple, small ideas.

Driscoll promotes wrong strategy

April 29, 2009 | Michael KellahanI don't like the strategy of Mars Hill Global to plant 'campus congregations' that will set up a screen and have Mark Driscoll video preach 40 times a year.

Equip parents before the youth group

April 21, 2009 | Michael KellahanToo often a youth group is seen as an essential for raising Christian kids. Plenty of people have 'big youth group' as top of their list for choosing a church. Others leave a good church to find a better youth group. This is putting the cart before the horse.

A right way to express intolerance

April 10, 2009 | Jim RamsayAs Sydney Anglicans intensify 'connecting' throughout this year we will obviously encounter people who hold different views of the Lord Jesus. How do we respond?

Time to put Easter gifts on the table

April 7, 2009 | Michael KellahanWhat if we Christians were counter-cultural and really celebrated Easter? What if we put more energy into it than Christmas? What if we had a great family celebration and gave out Easter presents!

Fighting the Taliban: lessons for mission

March 31, 2009 | Michael KellahanThere is a massive disconnect between many churches and their parish. How do we change that? There are lessons to learn from the military's counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan...