Pastor's and Leader's Guide
This guide has been written as a launching pad for pastors and leaders to use in exploring the key themes of 'Vibrant Communities' with churches and small groups.
Each theme has an exploration
of the theme and scripture/s, takeaways
, mission stories
to use as illustrations and questions
for small groups.
This guide can be used as a four week series or as standalone sessions.
Vibrant communities leader's guide
Theme 1: Vibrant Communities... Following Jesus in their own distinctive ways
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- Sally, team member in Mozambique
- Shame / honour culture in the Silk Road Area
- Engaging with Asylum Seekers in Melbourne
Theme 2: Vibrant Communities... Sharing God's love
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Scripture: John 3:16 and John 1:14
Theme 3: Vibrant Communities... Humbly contextualising the Good News
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- Alice, local believer in South East Asia
- Eliza and David, team members in the Silk Road Area
Theme 4: Vibrant Communities... Partnering together
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- Ethnic Thai faith community worshipping God in their own distinctive ways
- Ben and Petra, team members in the Silk Road Area
- Pete in Melbourne
Romans 16 and Romans 1:9-10
The Pastor's and Leader's Guide is based off Executive Director Scott Pilgrim's series:
- Tim and Melanie, team members in Malawi
- Long-term prayer partner in Australia
- The first Australian Baptist intercultural workers
Vibrant communities... Following Jesus in their own distinctive ways
Vibrant communities... Sharing God's love
Vibrant communities... Humbly contextualising the Good News
Vibrant communities... Partnering together
Children's Resources (primary school ages)
Vibrant Communities children's resource
Session 1. You matter to God, no matter what [Mark 12:41-44]
How we choose to love and follow Jesus makes us special!
Session 2. God loves me and you and the whole world too! [John 13:34-35]
We can all share God’s love.
Session 3. The Kingdom of heaven is like… a football? [Matthew 13:31-35]
Let’s make Jesus make sense!
Session 4. We can make a difference! [Luke 9:1-6]
We can do more when we do things together.
The aim of these sessions is for children to explore their place in mission and God’s big story. Please use this material as a launching pad for you to shape for your context.
A massive thanks to Maigen Nemes for writing this excellent material. Maigen is the Children, Youth and Families Pastor at TLC Church in Bayswater North, Victoria.
Videos For Kids From Kids!
Sydney (10) has been living in Mozambique for most of her life! In this video she shares what it's like to live with her parents, intercultural workers Cam and Kath, and older siblings, Matilda and Jack, in Mozambique.
What’s it like being a kid in Mozambique? Sydney tells all!
Levi (10) and Josiah (9) live wild, fun lives in Mozambique with their three younger siblings, local friends and parents Scott and Bek.
Have you ever caught, cooked and eaten an insect?! Levi and Josiah have, and they share all about it in this video.
What do kids do in Mozambique? Levi & Josiah report back!
Libi (10) loves living in Thailand, but you might be surprised at how similar her daily life is to yours! In this interview, she answers questions from her older sister about life, school, family and fun in Thailand. Libi's parents are Muana and Villy.
What’s it like being a kid in Thailand? Libi answers all!
Youth Resources (secondary school ages)
vibrant communities Youth resource
Session 1: Culture and Context [1 Corinthians 9:19-23]
Sharing God's love in context
Session 2: Being Part of God’s Mission [Matthew 28:18 – 20]
The Great Commission is for all of us!
The aim of these sessions is for youth to explore some of the complexities of intercultural mission and how they can be part of God’s mission. Please use this material as a launching pad for you to shape for your context.
A big thank you to Simone Bunney and the team who developed this material. Simone is a young adult from Heathmont Baptist Church, Victoria who serves as a youth leader.
Videos for teens from teens
Matilda (12) and Jack (15) live in Mozambique with their younger sister Sydney and their parents Kath and Cam
who are intercultural workers with Global Interaction. In this video,
they give a run down of what it's like to live in a remote part of Mozambique.
What’s it like being teens in Mozambique? Jack & Matilda report back!
Thailand is home for Yindii (19) and Zoe (17). They go to school, have fun with friends and spend time with their younger sister Libi and parents Muana and Villy,
who are intercultural workers with Global Interaction. How is their life different to yours? Find out in their video.
What’s it like being teens in Thailand? Yindii & Zoe explain!
Alongside: 'Who We Are' Animation
The word 'alongside' means a lot to us at Global Interaction. Everyday, our teams journey alongside their local friends. Eating, laughing, talking, learning, praying, listening and sharing stories... alongside. Inviting people to meet Jesus in a way that makes to them in their culture and language.
This animation is the story of Australian Baptists on mission. For nearly 140 years, Global Interaction - as part of the Australian Baptist movement - has been sending people. But our passionate workers can only go with the partnership of people like you!
Thank you for praying, giving and advocating. You are making an eternal difference. Vibrant faith communities are being established because God is using your gifts and prayers.
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