Growing a fresh missional edge for your church

Mission Shaped Ministry 2017!

You are invited to share a learning journey in a supportive community to be equipped for a lifetime of good practice and learning in growing fresh expressions of church. Whether you want to start a new fresh expression of church, or find a missional edge for your congregation, mission shaped ministry will encourage, equip and inspire.

  • Friday 10 March (6.30-9.30pm) – Saturday 11 March (9am-4pm) for MSM Introduction – Forest Lake UC
  • Saturday 3 June (9am-4pm) – MSM—Leading Missional Communities – Southport Church of Christ (tbc)
  • Saturday 26 August (9am-4pm) – MSM—Young Adult Mission – Queensland Synod
  • Saturday 25 November (9am-4pm) – MSM—Discipleship & Spirituality in Missional Communities) – Highfields Cultural Centre (Toowoomba)


Single Sessions:

  • $40 per person (MSI only or a one off MSM session)
  • Group (3 or more ) $35 per person (MSI only or a one off MSM session)

Annual Season Ticket*:

  • $140 per person (MSI & all MSM sessions)
  • Group (3 or more) $120 per person (MSI & all MSM sessions)
  • *Annual Season tickets are fully transferable , able to be shared around a congregation.

Register online here

Download flyer here


Mission Shaped Ministry 2016!

Mission Shaped Ministry returns to Queensland in 2016. The course explores all aspects of imagining, starting and sustaining fresh expressions of church.

The 2016 course will take place in four parts:

  • Intro Intensive: March 18th (6.30-9.30pm) and 19th (9.00-4.30) (Holland Park)
  • Block 1: April 13-May 7 (Mt Gravatt plus field trip)
  • Block 2: June 1-June 20 (Indooroopilly plus field trip)
  • Block 3: July 13 – August 6 (Stafford plus field trip)

The intro weekend is a compulsory kickstart into the full course, but can also be taken as a stand-alone “taster” if you’d like to start exploring Fresh Expressions but can’t make the full schedule work.

Download the info flyer here: msmqld 2016 course flyer V1

Register online here:

More details soon!

Beyond the border Michael Moynagh UCA Qld 2015

On 28th and 29th October, 2015, UK theologian and author leader Michael Moynagh joined us for two very special sessions exploring leadership and faith at and beyond the edges of the church.

When we talk about fresh expressions, what are the implications for leadership? When we meet people on the edge or, or beyond the church, what does faith look like? How can we grow faith in these “beyond the border” spaces?

Whether you are a minister or a lay person, if you are interested in how we go beyond our borders to engage the world outside, these events will be valuable.

Enjoy these two sessions with Michael. Recordings courtesy Trinity College Queensland.


Beyond the border: Leadership at the new frontier

  • Leading spiritual and social engagement on the edge of the church
  • Wed 28th Oct 7.15-9.30pm


Beyond the order: Finding faith in the world outside

  • Fresh expressions as an approach to finding, forming and nurturing faith
  • Thurs 29th Oct, 7.15-9.30pm


michaelmoynagh-750Revd Dr Michael Moynagh, based at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, works for Fresh Expressions as Director of network development and Consultant on theology and practice. He is responsible for facilitating the development of networks of individuals leading fresh expressions of church, as well as drawing together and reflecting on all that is being learnt about fresh expressions of church. He also has a watching brief on theological education and research.

Michael’s written works include Being Church, Doing Life: Creating Gospel Communities where Life Happens and Church for Every Context.


Last week we were joined by Mark Berry, who helped us think about discipleship in Fresh Expressions. While he was in Queensland, Mark also spoke on ‘new monasticism’ – or spiritual rhythms and practices that draw on the monastic traditions of old.  It was a fascinating (and inspiring) session, and with thanks to Trinity College, the full video is available below.

Part 1:

Part 2:



Modern missionaries is one title used to describe Urban Neighbours of Hope.  They’re in some of the darkest places, hoping just to bring a ray of light. Or to “sing a new song over their neighbourhood”.

This story is one worth watching – equal parts inspiring and devastating.

What are the principles here that might help generate hope in your neighbourhood?

Watch the full story on ABC Compass:



Mark Berry Visit

Our UK visitor Mark Berry will be here over the next couple of weeks.

He’ll join us for Mission Shaped Ministry on July 29th, where we’ll share dinner with Mark, and then explore Discipleship.  If you have friends, colleagues or co-leaders who would like to join us for this evening, we can fit a few extras in. Let Scott know by email.

The same day, from 3-5pm Mark will present on the topic of “new monasticism” (or intentional spiritual rhythms for faith communities) at Trinity College, Auchenflower.  That event is a “no-cost” event and you’d be very welcome to join us. To RSVP, either email Wendi Sargeant, or head over to the facebook event page and sign up there.


Our Wednesday night venue for all dates in May and June has changed.


  • May 6th – 7-9pm
  • May 27th – times TBA
  • June 3rd – 7-9pm
  • June 10th – 7-9pm

New Venue:

  • St Pauls Stafford Uniting Church
  • Corner Minimine St and Webster Rd, Stafford QLD 4053

The sequence and schedule for mission shaped ministry course units for Qld 2015 has been released.

In this document you’ll find brief descriptions of each unit, along with venue details. Note that the three Saturday field-days are waiting confirmation.

Here’s the schedule and descriptions: MSM Course Summary – Qld (pdf)

Don’t forget to register on-line. Only two weeks to go until we begin!

It’s official! Registrations for the Queensland mission shaped ministry course in 2015 are now open.

Details on costs and registrations are here.

The online registration form is here.  We will contact you with payment options once your registration form is received.

Join in fast, it’s strictly limited numbers!

msm in Australia

mission shaped ministry courses have been run now in South Australia, ACT/New South Wales, and Victoria. 2015 will be the first such course in Queensland while two msm courses will run this year in Melbourne. Each time this course has been run here, there’s some work to do on contextualising and translating from the UK context of the original material, to the current Australian context.

Feedback has been positive, with each course generating ideas, resourcing imagination, and resulting in new mission.

Here’s a sample of feedback from the 2011 South Australian course:

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