Pointers 2007

Articles include :
  • The Christian Faith in Rural Australia – The proportion of Australians identifying themselves as Christian is in decline. But is there much difference between the capital cities and outside the capital cities? Are the rural areas the heartland for the Christian faith, or are they too in decline? There are many rural churches struggling, but is this because of declining populations and a lack of ordained clergy, or are other factors having an impact? Analysis of the 2006 Census data and the 2006 National Church Life Survey throws some light on the trends across the nation.
  • Christian Management Today – A growing number of churches and Christian organisations in Australia are becoming aware of the need to have a solid professional base, and yet one that maintains a distinctively Christian approach to administration and organisation.The organisation Christian Management Australia was formed in 2002, to provide help to churches, organisations and individuals to develop appropriate forms of administration as part of their ministry.
  • Out-of-home Care for Indigenous Children and Young People – The care of Indigenous children
    is a national issue. We have heard a lot about the problems of Indigenous children, but less about the solutions. What is happening to Indigenous children and young people who need care? In a national study the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) conducted interviews with professionals, carers and Indigenous young people in out-of-home care. The results have been published by the National Child Protection Clearinghouse operating from the AIFS.
  • The Spirit of Generation Y: Young People’s Spirituality in a Changing Australia
    ISBN: 9781920721466 ISBN 13: 9789781920721468 PP: 400
    Authors: Michael Mason, Andrew Singleton and Ruth Webber. Publisher: John Garratt Publishing
    This is a second book on the research conducted through the combined Monash University, Australian Catholic University and Christian Research Association project (from the 2002 pilot study to 2006).
  • Being Single: Some Insights for the Church – Twenty-three per cent of all households in Australia are people living alone. Over the last ten years this proportion has risen while the number of family households has fallen. Among Australian men 15 years and over, 39 per cent have not married nor are living in a de facto relationship. Among women, 45 per cent are not in a partnership. Perhaps more people are choosing the single life-style. Perhaps some find themselves living by themselves because relationships have failed or have never developed. Whatever the reason for the change, the proportion of single person households is growing.
Articles include :
  • What Do the 2006 Census Figures about Religion Mean?
    The 2006 National Population Census shows that the percentage of Australians now describing themselves as Christian or identifying with a Christian denomination has declined to less than two out of every three Australians (63.9%). As the graph on this page shows, this is in line with a pattern of decline since 1961. However, it marks an increase in the rate of decline. What does this change mean?
  • Chairman’s Report 2007
  • Annual Staff Report 2006 – 2007.
  • Spiritual Growth and Care in the Fourth Age of Life by Elizabeth MacKinlay – A Review
  • Religion and Culture:Theological and Sociological Reflections
    It is just over 50 years since the publication of that seminal book by H. Richard Niebuhr, Christ and Culture. The book has just been translated into Thai and to celebrate the fact, the Institute of Religion, Culture and Peace, Payap University held an  international conference in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand in June 2007.

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