Simple church for a sunburnt country

As a Movement: We resolve, under God, to multiply simple, low-cost churches that are personal, biblical, transformational and missional, reaching unchurched Australians within our natural networks.

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Simple church for a sunburnt country

As a Movement: We resolve, under God, to multiply simple, low-cost churches that are personal, biblical, transformational and missional, reaching unchurched Australians within our natural networks.

Why “Red Dirt Church”?

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It’s an Aussie thing

Australia’s red soil is remarkable from a global perspective. Black and grey soils are typical in the Northern Hemisphere. But the generally hot and dry Australian climate has created an almost perfect oxidizing environment. The chemical weathering of rock has produced the red dirt that typifies many Australian landscapes.

When Dorothea Mackellar wrote of “a sunburnt country” (‘My Country’ poem), surely she had this in mind. Red Dirt is a descriptor of Australian soil. Red Dirt Church is simple church for a sunburnt country.

Of course, you don’t need to live where red dirt is, to do what Red Dirt does.

It’s a spiritual thing

The red at the base of the Australian Aboriginal Flag represents the red earth, the red ochre used in ceremonies and Aboriginal peoples’ spiritual relation to the land. For some indigenous Australians, the red dirt also signifies the ‘spirits past’. So, the colour red is spiritually significant for indigenous people.[1]

Red Dirt Church also uses the colour ‘red’ in spiritually symbolic ways. Drawing directly for the Bible, red was used to symbolize sin – i.e. people’s rebellion against the Creator God. The Bible says: “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool…”” (Isaiah 1:18). Sin has stained us. Yet, the Lord reconciles us as he washes the stain away.

Red also represents the blood of Jesus which flowed from his body on the Cross. He died in our place. His blood sealed our pardon. His blood is the means of the spiritual, reconciling cleansing from God (Ephesians 1:7). So, red stands for God’s ultimate sacrifice. In love, Jesus gave everything.

[1] Aunty Jean, an indigenous Elder, kindly granted us permission to use the ‘Red Dirt’ name.

What’s simple church?

‘Simple’ church is a type of church that requires minimal infrastructure with no major capital projects, has a basic, collaborative governance culture and is led by a voluntary or bi-vocational leader (or small leadership team).

Each Red Dirt Church largely cares for itself, is guided by the Bible and Holy Spirit, celebrates the ordinances of baptism and ‘The Lord’s Supper’, is salt and light in its community and intentionally reaches unchurched people. The goal is to be generous in support of the personal needs of others, Bible distribution, the transformation of people and communities, as well as the mission of sharing the good news about Jesus.

To help keep things as simple and as personal as possible, we anticipate that, normally, a Red Dirt Church will embrace up to 50 people before multiplying.

Story: Red Dirt – Singleton (4 parts)

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