Church Leadership Newsletter

#13 – Jan-Mar 2019

Hi everyone,

Happy New Year everyone! Welcome to this edition of the Church leadership newsletter.
We’ve started creating webinars that will focus on commonly asked questions. The first two can be found below, you will need to enter the password: opsweb1 to access them. 

Also, at any time, if you have any queries, please feel free to contact any member of the Operations team as we are here to support you in your role.

Heidi Tak
Team Leader – Operations

National Redress Scheme
As you may be aware, last week a list of churches who have not signed up to the National Redress Scheme was published.

The listing of Baptist Churches of NSW & ACT was incorrect on the Redress Scheme website. This mistake was in turn reported by several media outlets.

Please find attached the media release addressing this mistake. We have also approached many media outlets directly to have incorrect reports corrected.


Our team
Each issue we will introduce some of the newer Ministry Centre team members who are here to serve our Association of churches:

Lina Liong

Hi, my name is Lina Liong.

I was born and grew up in Indonesia and migrated here in 2005, following my husband.

Both my parents and brothers are Buddhist and I am the only Christian in my family.

I have two sons who are born here in Sydney and they are now in Yr 8 and Yr 6.

When I first time came here, I live in the Maroubra area for about five years before moving to our current home now at Denistone East.

Since then I attended Eastwood Baptist Church till now and I am involved in Sunday School.

I enjoy reading books, listening to music and bushwalking in my spare time.

My role at the Ministry Centre is with the Operations Team as an Accounts and Admin Assistant. I work part time from Monday-Thursday I started this role 6 months ago and feel very blessed to be part of a team.

‘The Lord my Shepherd is my favourite song, since it reminds me when life is getting tough, I have someone to hold and hope for.

Single Touch Payroll
What is Single Touch Payroll?

Single Touch Payroll (STP) is a way for employers to report their employees’ tax and super information to the ATO through payroll software that is STP ready. This is mandatory for all organisations from 1 July 2018 with more than 20 employees. For organisations with 19 employees or less, reporting will be mandatory from 1 July 2019 subject to legislation being passed in parliament.

In practical terms, all of the information supplied will be available for review by the employee through their myGov account. This should mean the end of payslips and year end payment summaries as an employer.

What does this mean for my church?

For most churches, reporting will be mandatory on 1 July 2019 subject to legislation being passed in parliament. This means that your church may need payroll software that is STP compliant.

We are currently working on a possible solution to assist with STP compliance and other accounting services. Refer to the article below to register your interest.

For more information please visit the ATO website—for-employers/

Balance Ministry Services – accounting, book keeping and advisory services for your church
Is your church interested in affordable accounting services? Need help with book keeping, reporting, budgeting, financial compliance, payroll and more?

Hurry, limited places are available.

A friendly reminder that for churches with year ending 30 June, your AIS is due on 31 March 2019 due to the update of the ACNC website.

For churches with year ending 31 December, your Annual Information Statement to the ACNC is due on 30 June 2019.

Incorporated Associations – dual reporting to the ACNC and the Department of Fair Trading
Good news! Incorporated Associations no longer need to complete dual reporting to the ACNC and the Department of Fair Trading. From 1 October 2018, NSW Associations i.e. incorporated Associations with the Department of Fair Trading, will no longer need to lodge annual summary of financial affairs with the Department of Fair Trading. Completing the Annual Information Statement for the ACNC is still mandatory. Refer to the link below for further information.

Stipends 2019
Stipends 2019 has been released and is available on our website.

Long Service Leave – Update of rules and FAQs document
The long service leave documents have been refreshed and now includes a FAQ’s document. IF you have any queries, please let us know (or refer to the FAQs)

As we commence a new year of ministry, I wanted to remind you of when you need to contact Baptist Insurance Services (BIS).

Please note that all potential property claims and incidents need to be notified to BIS as soon as possible i.e. within 14 days. If claims are not reported in a timely manner after the date of loss/damage and/or the insurer’s rights have been prejudiced, your claim may not be accepted. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, claim notification outside of 6 months will not be accepted.

In relation to non-property claims, if you are aware of any incidents or circumstances that may give rise to a potential claim against the church, please contact BIS immediately, i.e. where you:

  • Receive a verbal complaint which cannot be easily solved without expense;
  • Receive a letter threatening legal action from an individual;
  • Receive a solicitor’s letter threatening legal action;
  • Receive a Writ/Summons/Subpoena/legal court document;
  • Have a contentious employee termination.

If you have any potential claims that have not yet been reported to us, please advise us immediately. Any failure or delays in reporting could mean our insurance underwriter won’t accept the claim.

Don’t forget about the free Work Health & Safety (WHS) on-line training resource to assist your church understand your WHS obligations We have now added a new separate module called “Identifying Hazards”. This can be freely accessed by anyone within your church on the BIS website

Thank you for your assistance. We are here to partner with you and serve you.

Tim Williams – Manager Insurance NSW & ACT, Baptist Insurance Services – Phone: 02 9868 9213 or 0403 615 033 Email:

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