Pandemic of fear and anxiety, hatred and violence throughout society as well as within Jesus’ church
The Churches credibility and witness before a watching world has been compromised. Our corporate inability to deliver our message in a meaningful way has been spotlighted.
The church is being forced to take a serious look at our understanding of God’s nature and his kingdom purposes in the world.
A fragile, unfaithful and ineffective understanding of the church has been exposed.
The church lacks clarity on the nature of Jesus and the centrality of his character and purpose in every dimension of its affairs.
Source: Metanoia, Alan Hirsch.
In 2016 50% of Australian churches were in decline (NCLS).
By 2021 this figure has risen significantly.
If current trends continue by 2030 the number of Protestant churches will decline from 10,000 to 7000 churches.
In 2016 2.5% of Protestant Churches were closing per annum.
We estimate that by 2021 5% of Protestant Churches were closing per annum.
We know there are strong reasons for hope. If we can seize the Kairos moment we can change this story:
76% of Australians believe the church makes a positive difference to their community.
3 in 10 Australians are most likely to attend a church service if invited by a friend or family member.
90% of Australians believe in the freedom to share their religious views.
Source: “Australia’s Changing Spiritual Climate”, McCrindle Research.
To reach Australia and beyond, the church needs innovative leaders. Leaders who will treasure the past but innovate for the future. Through the Acts 2 Alliance (A2A) you can now begin to envision new ways of doing church and will be empowered to take action to reach and impact local communities.