Census Overview from Crossover

Census Overview from Crossover

Sacred Agents #101

Census and Sensibility

By Andrew Turner, Director of Crossover, helping Australian Baptists share Jesus

I know most of you don’t love statistics as much as I do, probably 98.841% of you with a margin of error of … WAIT! Don’t switch off. The recent Australian Census data is important. Let me try to translate the number columns into a meaningful story.

Census Overview from Crossover

Some results were not that surprising. Turns out we’re all five years older than we were at the last census five years ago. Over that time the Australian population grew 8.6% (1.5% per year) to 25.4 million. Half of that growth came from migration. Ask your parents where the other half came from. Speaking of which, did you know nearly 50% of us have a parent born overseas? Oh, and that Millennials have totally taken over as largest age demographic? LOL. Eye-roll emoji.

But it was the Religious Affiliation data that surprised many. The proportion of Aussies who claim to be Christian dropped sharply, from 52% to 44% (in 2011 it was 61%).  At the same time, those who ticked ‘No Religion’ rose from 30% to 39%. This represents two million nominal Christians no longer claiming to be what they don’t practice.

Most of us would see this as a rise in honesty – don’t claim to be a musician if you don’t play an instrument. But if it’s a shift from ‘I’m a lazy musician who hardly ever practices’ to ‘I’m no musician and selling my trumpet’, it is a loss and a grief.

Uneven Spread

The drop-off from those claiming Christianity was not spread evenly across denominations. Anglicans especially, but Catholics, Uniting, Presbyterians, Lutherans and Salvos had very significant reductions. Pentecostals and Churches of Christ fell a little. And Baptists actually grew – by 2,192 – small falls in most states were more than offset by a jump of 4,500 in Victoria. Go BUV!

The generation that is least ‘Christian’ (31%) and most ‘No Religion’ (47%) are those millennials, now aged 26-40. But this may be more about life-stage than generation; young adults often do a prodigal walkabout before returning to faith. Let’s be sure to welcome them.

So what’s the story? What might God be saying to us and what might we do with all this?

Firstly, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.  

CONTINUE READING Andrew Turner’s blog, Sacred Agents: Census and Sensibility >

Andrwe Turner

Andrew Turner is the Director of Crossover for Australian Baptist Ministries and author of Fruitful Church and Taking the Plunge: Baptism and Belonging to Jesus.
Andrew recently completed a Leadership Review of Tasmanian Baptists, with results soon to be tabled.

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    Heartlands Autumn 2022

    Heartlands News

    The latest Heartlands news is here!

    • EmpowHer events coming up.
    • Praying with Intention
    • Exciting women’s ministry at The Point Baptist
    • The Science of Seeing God

    Baptcare Foster Care Training

    Fostering Hope

    Shared stories, Shared lives

    WHERE: Wellspring Anglican Church (Grosvenor St, Sandy Bay), or on Zoom
    WHEN: 9-4:30pm Saturdays 7th and 14th May
    REGISTER: For in-person or Zoom

    Volunteer for KidzFest!

    Tasmania Celebration with Will Graham

    Kidzfest is a free family-friendly event for pre-school and elementary age children. It’s going to be great!

    Volunteer for Kidzfest >

    HOBART 1:30pm 21st May, MyState Bank Arena

    LAUNCESTON 10am 28th May, Silverdome

    Kidzfest begins with music guests and “The Quest,” an interactive presentation with a fun Gospel message. There will be petting zoo, games, balloon animals and other fun activities all for free!

    Kidzfest at the Silverdome
    Kidzfest Hobart

    Tickets are required to attend Hobart events: (not for Launceston!)

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    SHELTER – EmpowHer Retreat

    5pm-5pm, 24-25 June 2022

    Shelter Retreat June 2022

    Led by Denise Stephenson (LifeWay) and Jenny Baxter (Hobart), this retreat will focus on sheltering in God’s presence.

    Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

    Psalm 91:1

    If you are weary and burdened with life, and need some time to enter God’s presence to reflect, restore and rest, then come along!

    INFO: The retreat is non-residential, and will be held in Blackmans Bay.
    COST: $45/person NB. There are other ways you can contribute if money is an issue – so get onto us!
    ARE YOU IN? Call or SMS to reserve your spot, and we will send you more info: 0401 652 566
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    Ministry Training at WEC

    Cert IV Christian Ministry and Theology

    WEC Cert IV course

    Eastern College Australia are offering accredited units at its delivery site in Launceston. Worldview Centre host evening classes where you can complete units towards a Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology.

    The Tuesday evenings include catered meal breaks.

    Unit Costs $300/unit

    Where Worldview Centre for Intercultural Studies, 41 Station Road, St Leonards, TAS 7250

    Apply https://apply.eastern.edu.au  
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    Dates for remainder of 2022

    5pm-8:30pm 14 June-30 August (10 weeks): Christian Ethics
    5pm-8:30pm 13 September-29 November (10 weeks): Discipleship

    Tasmania Celebration

    Since 1950, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has held Crusades across the globe to proclaim God’s love to people who need Jesus Christ. Today, Will Graham Celebrations continue this life-changing mission.

    A Celebration is not just an evangelistic event; it is a process of prayer, training, outreach, and follow-up that takes place over a 12-month period—and it begins and ends with the local church.

    The Tasmania Celebration is scheduled to take place in May 2022, just a few short weeks away.

    In Hobart, the Tasmania Celebration will be held at the My State Bank Arena on 21st May. In Launceston, the main events will be at the Silverdome on 27th-29th May.

    Will Graham at the Silverdome

    PRAY for the Events

    Commit to praying; privately, within your Connect Groups and prayer gatherings.
    Click HERE to download prayer points as we pray together in unity.

    Here’s what’s happening. All events are FREE!

    Tasmania Celebration HOBART My State Bank Arena

    Kidzfest Hobart

    Click dates for more details

    Tasmania Celebration LAUNCESTON Various Venues

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    Perth Baptist is running a bus to attend the 29th May event at the Silverdome.
    For more info, please email info@perthbaptistchurch.org.au or call  0418 130 221.

    Advocating for the Most Vulnerable

    Micah Australia is a coalition of Christian aid agencies who lobby the government on behalf of the world’s poor, vulnerable and oppressed. Micah Australia’s Executive Director, Tim Costello, is one of Australia’s best-known community leaders and a sought after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics.

    The 2022 federal government Budget, released on 31st March, revealed some major wins. This included the announcement that the government will increase the intake of Afghan refugees. 

    Watch the video from National Director, Matt Darvas, to find out more:

    Matt Darvas Micah Australia

    There were also some incredible outcomes for Micah’s End Covid For All campaign. This is the direct result of months of campaigning for Australia’s neighbours in crisis.

    You can take action

    • Please spread the good news and thank Minister Alex Hawke (Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs) for responding, by sharing this Facebook post.
    • Through Micah’s latest campaign, A Safer World For All, the momentum will be sustained in the lead-up to the federal election. It’s an unmissable opportunity to call on Canberra to support our neighbours in crisis.

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    Saturday 21st May 2022

    APBF Congress 5-7 Sept, Korea

    5-7 September 2022, Online

    Since the formation of the Asia Pacific Baptists Federation in 1975, and the first historic gathering of Baptists in 1979 in Hyderabad, India, the APBF Congress has met regularly every five years. As a result they have touched thousands of Baptists through the Congress.

    APBF has witnessed the faithfulness of God in Asia and the Pacific over the period of 40 years as the Baptists of Asia and the Pacific has grown to almost 40,000 churches today.

    The 10th APBF Congress again calls Baptists to gather with the theme “Stronger Together” in its first Hybrid Congress (available to both in-person and online attendees). Attendees will witness yet again God’s faithfulness. In-person will allow you to interact face-to-face with the speakers, while online will provide a seamless flexibility to join the Congress from your location.

    STOP PRESS! Due to an overwhelming response, all registrations for in-person attendance have now closed.

    ONLINE Registrations still available > Early bird regos ($30) are due by 30th April 2022.

    Find out about speakers and program >

    New Look for Baptist World Aid

    Here’s some exciting news: if you stop by the Baptist World Aid website, you’ll find a new look and a new visual identity. The look might be new, but they are still committed to ending poverty so all people can enjoy the fullness of life God intends.

    (Even now, BWA’s Ukraine appeal is helping Christian Partners care for displaced families.)  

    BWA will also print a new quarterly 16-page magazine for supporters, Better World Magazine, which will hit mail boxes in the next few weeks and includes news updates, inspiring features and even a column on ‘Curly Questions’.

    DOWNLOAD the “Design Explainer” (1MB) >

    Midyear Assembly

    Mission Director, Stephen Baxter

    Friday/Saturday, 6th-7th May 2022

    A heads-up that our next Tasmanian Baptist Assembly will take place at Riverlands Longford on Friday night 6th May, and Saturday 7th May.

    As always, Assembly will be an inspiring time of challenge, encouragement and connection.

    On Saturday, Scott Pilgrim of Exec. Director of BMA will speak. “Business” is kept to a minimum, and the focus will be our theme for 2022: (en)Courage.

    If you are not a regular attendee and would like to attend you are very welcome. It is important to note, however, that only official church representatives have voting rights.

    Church Secretaries watch out! Information for Assembly, will soon come your way to distribute to delegates.

    Crossover Easter 2022

    Crossover Easter appeal 2022: Make a World of Difference

    History has shown that nothing transforms lives, communities, the world, like people coming to know Jesus. Sharing Jesus is so vital, what if we had more confidence, more wisdom, suitable methods and more really useful resources. Crossover passionately focusses on helping Australian Baptists share Jesus.

    There are three ways Churches can get involved: CLICK to find out >

    Donate to CROSSOVER Here

    Please support Crossover this Easter!

    Tasmania Celebration 2022

    HOBART – 21st May | LAUNCESTON 27th-29th May

    Prayer events in Launceston and Hobart

    Tasmania Celebration

    Will Graham will be in Tasmania in May for the Tasmania Celebration. Let us make sure we cover the entire event in prayer before, during and afterwards!

    Prayer meetings are scheduled in the north and south of the state over the next few months.

    All are welcome!

    Click HERE to find a prayer meeting near you.

    Christian Life and Witness Course

    Do you want to know how to easily share your faith with others?
    Or perhaps you would like to be a prayer partner/counsellor at the Tasmania Celebration?

    Then look no further! This 3 x 2-hour-session course is being run in Hobart and Launceston, and you can pick up missed sessions online.

    Check course dates/locations > | Check Course Online > (Facebook Group)

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    April/May 2022 ReCharge

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    Around the Churches
    Pastoral Profile: Dan Evenhuis
    Fostering Hope: Respite Carers needed!
    Deep Thought: Mike Frost – Becoming wise
    Being Strong and Courageous
    Wynyard Baptist Food Drive
    Church Profile: Citywide

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    Painting a Picture of Jesus

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    The Crossover Spring Appeal

    BY Crossover National Taskforce rep, Maddy Svoboda,
    Maddy wonders about altering friends’ perceptions of Jesus, and how the “Crossover Spring Appeal” will help!

    In the 2006 movie ‘Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby’, Will Ferrell’s character Ricky Bobby and his family, as well as his NASCAR teammate Cal Naughton Jr, are having a meal.

    Ricky Bobby gives thanks for the meal of KFC, Dominoes and all manner of food. It makes me wonder how effective a prayer is when asking God to bless this food to our bodies, as Ricky prays to Baby Jesus. He prays over and over to tiny baby, infant Jesus (8-pound 6-ounce baby Jesus who is so cuddly and omnipotent) before his wife stops him.

    Will Ferrell and Ricky Bobby, Crossover Spring Appeal
    Will Ferrell as Ricky Bobby

    Everyone has a picture of Jesus

    What impacts me about this scene (apart from the absolutely ridiculous nature of it) is the implicit truth that we all have a picture of Jesus, or God. This picture shapes us – and is an image of Jesus that we gravitate towards.

    Part of our work of evangelism is telling the story, or painting the picture of Jesus, as accurately as we can. This means we can invite people to know Jesus as he is, rather than how we imagine him to be.

    What is Crossover?

    Crossover Spring Appeal

    The ministry of Crossover has richly blessed Tasmanian Baptists. Before COVID-19 struck, Crossover ran conferences for people with a noticeable gift of evangelism. Crossover funds covered the entire cost for each attendee. This meant people who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity attend an event like this, could be there.

    Why Crossover’s Spring Appeal?

    In Tasmania alone, 15 people have attended the Emerge Evangelism Conference over the years. As I look back over the list of attendees, I see people who contribute to our life in significant ways. I’m so thankful to be part of Crossover, and to see the fruit from our investment into evangelism and mission.

    Crossover Spring Appeal, As we move towards our vision of seeing Tasmania infused by the kingdom of God, it involves the proclamation of the good news of Jesus

    That’s why Crossover is running a Spring Appeal over the next few months.

    For Crossover to continue to provide resources, and equip the church to proclaim the good news of Jesus, we are asking churches around Australia to commit financially to Crossover. There are multiple ways you and your church can do this.

    Please check out your options at www.crossover.org.au/church-contributions/. You can also visit the Crossover website to discover resources, including Christmas resources, so you can share Jesus well.

    If you would like to engage in a conversation around the content of this article, please feel free to email me!

    Maddy Svoboda
    Rev. Maddy Svoboda

    Maddy Svoboda