CONNECT17 Radio Awards: Most Engaging Radio Prize

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You can still submit entries for the CONNECT17 Radio Awards: Most Engaging Radio Prize. The prize is open to Christian Media & Arts Australia Members from radio stations or radio program producers* in two categories:

  1. Metro/National – Capital City Markets and National Programs and Networks
  2. Regional – non capital city markets

Entries can be in the form of radio show or specific radio program.

The winner in each category will be the one that; in the judges opinion, has created the most compelling content during the calendar year of 2016. READ MORE and APPLY (Before May 8, 2017)

Pray for persecuted Christians to remain hopeful, diligent and safe this Easter

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A state of emergency has been declared in Egypt following two church bombings on Sunday 9 April, which killed at least 44 people and injured over 100 people. [ Images: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters ]“The latest bombings and killings of Christians in Egypt have highlighted again the need for solidarity, aid, and prayers for persecuted Christians around the world.

This has been called the single deadliest day of violence against Egyptian Christians in decades. It comes as attacks against Christians have increased in recent months. Earlier this year, Islamic State announced they would be targeting Egyptian Christians.

Open Doors contact in Egypt said, “One of the most joyful days for Christians in Egypt is Palm Sunday… The joyful day turned into a painful tragedy.”

He heard about the first attack as he was leaving to go to his own church service with his family. Shortly after his service finished he heard about the second attack, “…doubling our pain and deepening our shock.”

A national study on religion, spirituality & worldview trends 

Written by Christer King Edeborg on . Posted in News & Updates, Press Releases Faith and Belief in Australia Research is brought to you by Olive Tree Media, Christian Media & Arts Australia, Christian Schools Australia and MTS (Ministry Training Strategy). The results will be presented in Melbourne, Sydney and in an open to the public session at CONNECT17 on the Gold Coast.

The 2017 findings will be presented by McCrindle Research.

Broadcast Easter Service Live from Sydney Opera House

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EasterServiceWesley Mission continue their Easter Sunday Tradition with a Sunrise Service at the Sydney Opera House.

The annual 6am resurrection service, this year on April 16, is a wonderful celebration, not just to those who attend, but to Australians across the nation. The service is broadcast live on Channel 9, Sydney’s Hope 103.2, Melbourne’s 89.9 LightFM and live streamed on the internet.

Open House Returns to Radio

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OpenHouseReturnAfter a two-year break, popular Sunday night talk radio program Open House returns, with new host – Stephen O’Doherty

Commencing Sunday March 26, Open House returns with a new host, but a similar 3 hour conversational format embracing all things life, faith and hope.

Conference Connection Leads to Re-Brand of Radio Program

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MessagesofhopeStrategic Minds create a new brand for Messages of Hope

A conversation at last year’s CMAA Conference led to Lutheran Media hiring Strategic Minds Communications to rebrand their ‘Face to Face’ radio program and website. Face to Face had been around more than 30 years with content – on topics as diverse as dementia, depression and forgiveness – broadcast on over 120 radio stations (and the Vision Network) in Australia and New Zealand.

Christian TV Producer Helps University Secure Half Million Dollar Grant

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SeniorSmilesA documentary produced by Richard Attieh, one of Australia’s most well known television producers, has helped the University of Newcastle’s School of Health Sciences secure a $540 000 research grant. The funds will help the University continue its world-leading research in Oral Health and Hygiene for the aged and elderly across Australia.

Welcome Rachel Chow to the CMAA Team

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Rachel Chow joins Christian Media & Arts Australia as our Digital AssistantRachel

The team at Christian Media & Arts Australia are pleased to announce the addition of Rachel Chow as our new part-time Digital Assistant.

Rachel is a ‘born and bred’ Gold Coast local, and will be supporting the development of the digital content and infrastructure that supports our growing digital hub and digital sustainability projects in our media community.

200 Not Out – Bible Bicentenary

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Australia’s longest living organisation may not be who you think it is.

BibleSociety200It’s not Houghton Wines or Westpac or the Australian Agricultural Company and it’s certainly not McDonalds. There wasn’t a Big Mac in sight when community leaders Governor and Lady Macquarie created Bible Society in 1817.

Ahead of its Bicentenary on 7th March 2017, Bible Society remains the oldest continually operating organisation in our nation’s history. The only change is the name. In 2010, the Bible Societies in each state merged into a single organisation, Bible Society Australia.

February Law Notes thanks to Emil Ford Lawyers – Helping you help others

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sponsored article from Emil Ford Lawyers

This issue of Christian Media & Arts Law Notes looks at improvements to financial reporting for not-for-profits, and making sure you distinguish clearly between volunteers and employees in your organisation. Celebrations are around the corner as Emil Ford is about to celebrate 100 years!

Entries Closing for 200 Stories Project

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CMAA Partners with Bible Society’s Short Film Project

Dave Jensen StoryThe 200 Stories Project is an opportunity for budding and seasoned short-film makers to share creative stories of transformation, life and light.

2017 marks 200 years of sharing the Bible in Australia. To celebrate this milestone, we’re inviting film makers to help showcase the impact the Bible has had on Australians from all walks of life.

There is one single criteriaeach film must incorporate an Australian communicating a verse from the Bible.

Final film submissions due by 10 February 2017

New CEO for Brisbane

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dwayne965Dwayne Jeffries has been announced as the new CEO for Brisbane’s 96five

Veteran broadcaster, sesquipedalian, husband, and father of two girls, Dwayne has extensive experience in commercial radio, and more recently Christian community radio.

For over 25 years he has been on air and leading radio station teams around Australia, and even worked in Ireland for a period of time. Most recently Dwayne’s roles have included Breakfast Anchor for 2GO Gosford and Content Director for WSFM, and over the last four years, he has been Content Director for Sydney’s Hope Media.

Vision listeners feed 15,000+ Hungry Children

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Take Away Hunger Day encouraged listeners to give $6 to feed a child for a month.

visionfthOn Thursday December 15 Vision Christian Radio partnered with Feed The Hungry to give nutritious emergency meals to children in over 20 countries around the world including refugee children fleeing to Uganda for safety, and children living in drought-stricken areas like Malawi in Southern Africa.

December Law Notes thanks to Emil Ford Lawyers – Helping you help others

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This issue of Christian Media & Arts Law Notes looks at changes regarding misleading or deceptive conduct in relation to fundraising and an important reminder to Boards of their obligations in regards to the Fair Work Act.  Also, you are invited to take advantage of a Special Offer for your organisation to take an Intellectual Property Fitness Test.

Apply for a Volunteer Grant before December 20

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Apply for a Volunteer Grant before December 20Individuals or Organisations representing volunteer based community groups are eligible for up to $5,000 in Government Funding.

Up to $10 million is currently available for Volunteer Grants in 2016. Eligible organisations and individuals can apply before December 20 for funding amounts of between $1,000 and $5,000.

The application process is very simple and money is intended for you to use it in ways that will help your volunteers.

Cliff Barrows of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association passes away aged 93

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cliff-barrowsClifford Burton Barrows, 93, of Marvin, North Carolina, died Nov. 15, 2016, at Carolinas Medical Center – Pineville, following a short illness.

Best known as the music and program director of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), Cliff Barrows was born on April 6, 1923, in Ceres, California, the son of Harriet M. and Charles Tilson Barrows (both deceased).

Aussie Revivalist Hosts Major Event in Europe

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Thousands of Christians are gathering in Sweden from 28-30 October, 2016.

Aussie Revivalist Hosts Major Event in EuropeIt’s for Awakening Europe – a mass gathering at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, organised by an Australian, Ben Fitzgerald. GOD TV will air the event LIVE worldwide, with several sessions from the event, broadcast across Australia and New Zealand.

Speakers include Todd White of Lifestyle Christianity, Heidi Baker of Iris Global, Paul Manwaring of Bethel Church and Joakim Lundqvist of Word of Life Church, Sweden. Worship leaders include Daniel Hagen and the Resound Band from Australia; Jeremy Riddle (Bethel Music); Jake Hamilton, Chris Pöschl and Northwind Collective.

Naomi Reed Releases Children’s Book

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The Zookeeper – a tale of unimaginable love, is the latest book from author Naomi Reed.

zookeeper2The 64 page children’s chapter book tells the whole Biblical story, from creation to recreation, and is illustrated by Naomi’s son, Stephen. The narrative begins in a wide, open valley, where the animals are known and loved and fed by the Zookeeper. They are reminded that they can play wherever they want to in the valley, but the one place they can’t play is on the other side of the sparkling river, in the dark forest.

Australia’s National Church Life Survey Now On

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The 2016 National Church Life Survey (NCLS) is the world’s largest, and takes place in October and November.

Australia's National Church Life Survey Now OnFor the last 25 years The National Church Life Survey (NCLS), has been conducted in the same year as the Australian Government National Census. The 2016 NCLS is the sixth wave of the NCLS project which involves over 3,000 churches from more than 21 Christian denominations or movements.

“The 2016 NCLS will provide a snapshot of the Australian church, capturing its social, theological and geographic diversity. This is the largest and longest-running local church survey in the world, with more than 400,000 surveys ordered,” said Dr Ruth Powell, Director of NCLS Research.

Open Doors presents The Insanity of God Tour

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Missionary couple Nik and Ruth Ripken, authors and subject of ‘The Insanity of God’, tour Australia’s East Coast.

Open Doors presents the Insanity of God TourNik and Ruth Ripken were an ordinary couple, and former pastors from Kentucky, who travelled to Somalia in the 90’s to live as missionaries in the middle of a war zone. “It was like I was getting on a plane in the New Testament and getting off the plane in the Old Testament. It was like I’d flow into hell.” After several years of service in one of the hardest mission fields on earth, Nik and Ruth travelled the world to meet others who had suffered for their faith and are now coming to Australia to share what they have learned.


Check Your Accounts Have Not Been Hacked

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IT Services Manager Encourages Users to Change Passwords

Check Your Accounts Have Not Been HackedIn light of the recent notice that Dropbox had been hacked, Nathan Scowen, IT Services Manager at Vision Christian Media, recently notified his team, and CMAA, on how to check if you need to update passwords on unprotected accounts.

New Station Manager for Pulse 94.1

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Wollongong’s Christian Radio Station welcomes Aaron Wright as new Station Manager

New Station Manager for Pulse 94.1Former manager Josh Reid commented in a recent email, “After eight years, this is my final week as CEO of Pulse 94.1, the only public Christian voice on the South Coast. I am now very excited to be handing over the reins to Aaron, as he takes on the challenging role of Station Manager today.

Aaron brings a wealth of experience to the role, working for many years in commercial and Christian community radio, and more recently in communications roles for Ministry Training School and the Christian Democratic Party.

Q Commons Sydney – SOLD OUT

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CMAA and SPARC are pleased to partner once again with Q Commons Sydney this October.

Q Commons Sydney - Register NowQ Commons is a world class faith and culture dialogue organised by US-based organization ‘Q’.

The global event is a live learning experience that challenges attendees to stay curious, think well, and advance good in their communities. Three global experts will provide short talks (via broadcast) along with live talks from local faith and cultural innovators.

Sydney Q Commons will be held on Wednesday, October 26, from 7pm – 9pm, and will be hosted by Stephen O’Doherty.

Frontline Faith: New Podcast from Open Doors

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Mike Gore recounts the trip he took to Algeria in 2012, in the premier podcast for Open Doors Australia.

Frontline Faith: New Podcast from Open DoorsIt was my first trip. I was on lockdown in a hotel from risk of kidnapping for ransom. Chased by the secret police daily, and stood in the hole where a suicide bomber blew themselves up two weeks before I got there.

Frontline Faith podcast is set to uncover the persecution of Christians around the world and tell the testimonies of those who have suffered for their faith.

Christians Unite to Flood Social Media with the Gospel

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yesHEis reignites their #goeverywhere campaign to reach 1 million people across the globe this September

yesHEis goeverywhereChristians who sign up to the #goeverywhere movement will share the campaign video, ‘Why I have hope’ on their Facebook pages on Sunday September 25.

Those who watch the video and have questions about God and faith, or who want to make a decision to follow Christ, can write to yesHEis via the private online response system. Teams in 20 countries will be ready to follow up these responses with answers as well as help connect people to local churches close to them.

C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters To Tour East Coast

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The Screwtape Letters Plays in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra This November / December

C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters To Tour East CoastAfter a sell-out Premier season last year, Clock & Spiel Productions are excited to present The Screwtape Letters across Australia’s East Coast.

CS Lewis wrote the spiritual and satirical classic in 1942, and the core questions it raises for humanity are just as relevant today.

Aussie Christian Radio Listeners Donate Over 27,000 Miracles of Sight

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On 25 August 2016, the worlds of CMAA and CBM Australia collided spectacularly through our partnership in Miracles Day

Miracles Day changing livesIt really was a case of ‘Together we can do more’ as many Miracle Gifts of Sight were donated to the world’s poorest people.

Through the generosity of everyday Australians, many people in Vietnam have been helped – like twelve-year-old My (Mee). My’s parents died two years ago, leaving her in the care of her older brother, when not at school, My spent a lot of time alone, as her brother worked long hours. One day, My’s teacher noticed that she was having trouble seeing the blackboard, so organised for her to have an eye examination through a local CBM Partner hospital.

My was diagnosed and received a life-changing Miracle Gift of Sight – there’s a lot to celebrate!

Here is a snapshot of our Miracles Day success:

New Websites For Regional Radio Stations

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Christian Media and Arts Australia Facilitates Web Development for Member Stations

Pulse WollongongWith the increasing importance of digital platforms as a key tool of broadcasting and connecting with audiences, the team at CMAA has been actively driving a common digital strategy across our sector for the last 2 years.

The goal of this common strategy has been to unify the Christian broadcasting sector, to be able to easily share content across websites, reach new audiences and develop new growth areas for revenue. Instead of all working individually, we believe that working together is smarter and allows for growth in an area where there are very few human resources.

Who’s Got Time For The Details???

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 sponsored article from Phil Gray Consulting

Phil Gray Consulting SeptemberMost every successful business regardless of industry has seen significant growth result from the collaboration of external consultants. In radio, it is invaluable to have experienced consultants to work alongside you and your team to grow your business. One of the priorities in any business is sustainability. In community radio, one of the main three streams of revenue is fundraising.

But who has the time – months beforehand – to plan, oversee and conduct a well-executed professional and highly successful fundraising appeal? Now is the time to be planning your on-air appeal for the end of the year – but who’s got the time and head space to start working on it? And what will you do differently to see significant growth from this time last year?

Stations and Shoebox Sunday Discover – why you pack a shoebox?

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Christian media outlets across Australia and for the first time in New Zealand, are preparing their audiences for this year’s Shoebox Sunday and the addition of a competition!

Stations and Shoebox Sunday DiscoverShoebox Sunday on October 30th is an initiative of Samaritan’s Purse Australia for their project Operation Christmas Child (OCC). The project involves an annual collection of gift- filled shoeboxes for children in developing nations.

Every year, over 10 million gift-filled shoeboxes are hand-delivered worldwide to children in desperate need. And this year in partnership with Christian Media we are running a competition, where the prize is an opportunity for 2 people travelling to Cambodia and witness the joy experienced by the children receiving their shoeboxes.

The completion requires eligible entrants to tell us in 25 words or less, “why you pack a shoebox?”.

Painting The Picture With Passion

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Painting The Picture With PassionFinding it easy to share your ministries mission and vision with others? How are you doing with growing your company profile? Is it a difficult part of your job to communicate about your business/station and the mutual benefits of becoming a member, or donor or sponsor and achieving greater impact in your town or city?

It is imperative that you speak in terms both your audience and supporters can relate to, and just as important to communicate your story with the passion that comes from being “all in” with the purpose and vision of your station.

Here are some essential points to consider when you or your team are representing your organisation:

Eternity News Shares Story of Gay Activist Now Living a Life for Jesus

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How the response of a Christian working in media and the arts changed this man’s life

David BennettDavid Bennett grew up in Sydney and felt at a young age that he was attracted exclusively to men. At age 14 he shared with his family and friends that he was gay.

Growing up, David had a very negative view of Christianity, feeling a great sense of injustice of what Christians had done to the Gay Community. At University he would rip down the Christian posters and put up Queer posters instead.

Why Religion In The 2016 Australian Census Matters

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Encouraging All Australians Who Affiliate With Christianity To Write ‘Christian’

I'm writing Christian in Question 19 of the CensusChristians of all denominations are being encouraged to fill in the ‘Religion’ box, or the ‘Other’ box when answering question 19 of the Census on Tuesday night August 9. CMAA has prepared a website to encourage Christians and people of all faiths to make sure their faith is counted.

This year the ‘No Religion’ box will be the first choice. Christian Media & Arts have worked in coalition with some of our members to build an information website and Facebook page that encourages believers and listeners to our community stations to answer truthfully and give a true reflection of faith in Australia.