“I think churches have been traditionally really good at equipping people for in-house ministry, and those things need to continue,” said the Imagine Toowoomba Project Coordinator Sam Jackson from Toowoomba Community Baptist Church. “But I think the balance has been too much towards that and less towards people in the work place and people in the neighbourhoods.”
“How do you, every minute of every day, see an opportunity for ministry and mission? And how can churches equip people for the whole of life?”
Imagine Toowoomba will see church leaders get together to address these questions through six sessions throughout the year. The sessions will be facilitated by Neil Hudson from the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity in the UK.
Neil will lead 5 of the discussion sessions via Skype, and will be visiting Toowoomba in April to conduct one session in-person.
The sessions are designed for pastors and church leaders and will be capped at 6 leaders from each church (negotiable). The sessions cover practical ways churches can equip their congregation to become whole-life disciples who make a difference wherever they are.
Sam said he hoped the project will bring about a change in people’s view on ministry, as churches apply the content of the sessions.
“I wold love to see a shift in thinking from people viewing pastors and leaders as being the called ones, to seeing every Christian realise that they are called to exactly where they are right now and to see their frontlines as places for ministry and mission.”
Church leaders who want to be involved can contact Sam Jackson on 0429 884 525