Friday, May 27, 2011

landslide victory for fresh expressions in Australian churches

Recent results indicate a stunning mandate for change in the Australian church climate.

Some 66% of church attenders agreed that the traditional established models of church life must change to better connect with the wider Australian community (only 11% disagree).

For an even larger majority, this was personal. 82% claimed that they would support the development of new initiatives in ministry and mission in their church (3% disagreed).

This is a stunning mandate for change. It should encourage every church minister, and every church leader, to consider how they provide responsive leadership, seeing to establish a fresh expression or new initiative in their church in the next years.

Update: Some interesting pushback over at Hamo’s blog.

(Data from the Innovation data from the 2006 National Church Life Survey.)

Posted by steve at 10:21 PM

1 Comment

  1. There is almost one statistic that is both omitted and implied in the survey: How do church attenders view church and church models? Especially in the light of wanting new initiatives. While one can ask the question of non-church people viewing the church as irrelevant, what of those already there?

    Just a thought expressed.

    Comment by Ryan — May 30, 2011 @ 11:23 am

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