Research - All Melbourne Matters

He first found his brother Simon and said to him "We have found the Messiah"   John 1:41


The first person Andrew brought to Jesus was his brother Peter.  As soon as Peter joined the disciples, he became a spokesman for the Twelve, while Andrew remained in the background.  It was Peter not Andrew who rose to prominence as one of Jesus' inner circle of three.  We do not read of Andrew resenting Peter; it seems he was satisfied to bring others to Jesus ad leave the results to Him.


It is not surprising that Andrew found the boy with the loaves and fishes and brought him to Jesus (Jn 6:8,9 ).  Andrew brought the Greeks to Jesus, even though they were despised by pious Jews (Jn 12:20-22 ).  There is no record of Andrew ever preaching a sermon, performing a miracle, or writing a book of Scripture.  He is remembered for those he brought to Jesus.


Andrew is a good role model for us.  Our job is not to transform people into Christians, nor to convict them of their sin.  It is not our responsibility to make people do what they ought to do.  Our task is to bring them to Jesus, and He will perform His divine work in their lives.

From: "Experiencing God Day by Day" by Henry T. Blackaby (Broadman & Holman)



Transform World Houston - Report from the Theological Reflection Group
By Darrell Bock
April 24, 2009

Topic: Transformation through Incarnation: Appreciating the Process and Goal. Working Assumptions and Talking Points


Everything we do or say in terms of transformation needs to be rooted in a vibrant relationship with God nurtured in the Word, prayer, community, and relying on God’s Spirit as a reflection of our worship of him.

The following list represents individual reflections on issues related to Transformation through Incarnation. It is not intended to be a complete narrative or doctrinal creedal statement, but a series of talking points and working premises that help to frame how we can speak of transformation biblically. These topics are not laid out in any specific order of priority. In other words, it is an initial working document.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2009 12:37



The "All Melbourne Matters" project is unique and nothing like this has ever been done in Melbourne. It is valuable in that it provides information and inspiration for Greater Melbourne, each of the 31 Local Government Areas, as well as the whole Body of Christ.

The project is the first ever research of the Whole Body of Christ in Melbourne, including non-NCLS (National Church Life Survey) churches, independent and ethnic churches, as well as emerging and house churches. It reveals the unique level of support for communities provided by local churches, and shows the nationalities and locations of ethnic churches in relation to ethnic populations. It also includes a major Directory of Christian ministries, organisations and networks and give this picture for Greater Melbourne AND for each of the 31 local government areas. 


"This research report is a significant undertaking that will greatly benefit the wider church in Melbourne, as well as each local church, to be aware of the challenge ahead of us as we seek to reach out to our great city with God’s love. I enthusiastically commend those who have put in so many hours of work and effort to bring us this strategic information."
Mark Conner

"I believe that this research will be a vital resource for the church in Melbourne to minister effectively in the years to come.”  Church history reveals that when the church is able to identify critical issues in culture and society and responds to these issues while remaining faithful to the gospel, great things happen."
Wynand de Kock, Principal, Tabor College

“As a Pastor who longs to see the day when God's people become so passionate about the Gospel, and Church leaders become so aware of the needs of their community, and congregations become the greatest force for good in their city, that whole communities are transformed by the love and power of God, I see this research project as the most important contribution made by any organisation in almost 50 years. The results of this research will give us an unparalleled opportunity to consider an informed and united response to the needs of our great city."
Graeme Cann, Assoc. Pastor, Berwick Church of Christ, Leader of Casey Pastors Network, Founder Christian Counsellors Assoc.

"Now is the time for the Body of Christ to reach out and make its greatest impace for the kingdom of God. Through united prayer we will seek His direction and anointing in order to understand our present position through the All Melbourne Matters research findings in roder to make a pathway for the next generation."
John Graham, State Co-ordinator, ALPHA Victoria & Tasmania



Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2009 11:32


The City and Nation will Change Dramatically in the Next 5 Years? 

The Christian Faith is the Founcation and Hope of our Society.

Crises NOW in our city and nation include the effect of broken families, binge drinking, homelessnesses, increase of poverty in Australia, gambling losses, suicide, potential collapse of health services, water shortage, rise in fuel, food prices and other effects of global warming, road congestion, "peak oil" situation, secularism, consumerism and the loss of morality and potential of terrorism etc.

Who will decide the Future of Melbourne? Will the Church Claim the Future? Or continue as it is?

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2009 13:07



The Research Vision is a detailed picture of the size, location and vitality of all churches across the City with the demographics of Greater Melbourne, to resource and inspire the whole Church towards a common vision and coordinated strategies for ministry and intentional mission to our city.

How can the Great Commission be fulfilled in Melbourne? Is anyone fulfilling the Great Commission?

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2009 12:32



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