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Church Plant Flourishes in Melbourne, Australia
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Peter Roennfeldt shared an update of the church plant named “Living Waters” on the campus of Gilson College in Melbourne, Australia. It is a Christian school with almost 650 primary and secondary students. “Only about 10% of students identify closely with any church. However, once a month a selected class participates in our worship service – singing, sharing and praying. On March 4 it was the grade ones! Parents and grandparents came. Teachers coordinated the day – with one of the school chaplains speaking about ‘the winning way with Jesus!’ Every child received a special ‘gold’ medal with the Aussie colours green and gold! (Remember – the Commonwealth Games are being staged in Melbourne at the moment!) A barbeque on the pathway just outside the front door of the gymnasium (where we have our worship services) provided guests, parents, children and members with a good excuse to stop to get to know each other before heading home. Guests were told of the values of Living Waters – ‘a faith community at Gilson College cultivating life and growth in the western suburbs.’ They were invited to join in our ‘camp at the beach’ the next weekend (March 10-13). One unchurched family accepted the invitation – and spent last weekend with us. Church planting is fun. It is effective. It is God’s idea. Pray for the outpouring of God’s Spirit upon your fellow church planters today.”

INNOVATIONewsletter, April 27, 2006 Center for Creative Ministry