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The Gathering incorporating the Ordinary Assembly 2022
12/11/2022 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pmFree – $15.00
If you plan on attending The Gathering at Wagga Wagga Baptist Church, please
use the “no lunch” ticket because the church kindly donated lunch.
Affiliated Churches of NSW & ACT meet together twice a year to be encouraged and inspired by what God is doing and will continue to do amongst us, and to discern significant matters in the life of our movement. Our second gathering of the year, The Gathering incorporating the Ordinary Assembly is fast approaching. Join us on Saturday November 12 from 9:30am – 4pm as we join together as a Baptist Movement of Churches.
To provide opportunity for Churches from across NSW & ACT to engage, we will be opening several additional venues where delegates may attend and vote on the matters brought to Assembly. Our prayer is that it is a time to reflect on all that God is doing amongst us, to connect with others in our movement and glimpse how Jesus is leading us as we work together to minister with one another and those around our world. For more information about the program please click the button below:
You can engage in The Gathering incorporating the Ordinary Assembly from a number of NSW and ACT locations. To find one near you, view the list below:
- Toongabbie Baptist Church (Main Venue)
- Mayfield Baptist Church
- Molong Baptist Church
- Mosaic Baptist Church (Page Campus)
- Shellharbour City Baptist Church
- Tamworth Baptist Church
- The Hub Grafton Baptist Church
- Wagga Wagga Baptist Church
- Attending The Gathering incorporating the Ordinary Assembly is free. Lunch is available at all venues to purchase for $15, however you must pre-pay online. You can do this by selecting the lunch registration option below. Please note that only those who have ordered and pre-paid for lunch will receive it on the day.
- If you are attending an Additional Venue you will indicate the venue you will be attending in the registration form.
- Livestream is available for those wishing to watch from home if you cannot attend a venue in person. Registrations will be made available the week prior to Assembly and will be communicated once available. Please be aware that this is a watch only stream and interaction and voting is not available for this registration type. Only those attending Toongabbie Baptist Church or an Additional Venue listed above will be able to interact and vote on the matters discussed.
What is my appointment to attend Assembly?
- During the registration process you will be asked to indicate your appointment to attend Assembly. Please read the below definitions carefully to determine your appointment to attend Assembly:
- Accredited Minister: Accredited ministers of the Baptist Association of NSW/ACT are automatic members of Assembly.
- Non-Accredited Lead Pastors: Lead pastors of Baptist Churches who are not accredited by the Association are automatically members of Assembly and entitled to vote.
- Church Representative (Voting): Any person who attends a Baptist Church is welcome to attend Assembly and has been nominated by the local church to vote on the Churches behalf. The Church Secretary must notify the Association in writing via firstname.lastname@example.org that you have been appointed by the Church to act as a Voting Church Representative.
- Church Representative (Alternate): Any person who attends a Baptist Church is welcome to attend Assembly and has been nominated to replace a Voting Church Representative if they are unable to attend at the last minute. They do not automatically have voting rights. The Church Secretary must notify the Association in writing via email@example.com that you have been appointed by the Church to act as an Alternate Church Representative and to replace a Voting Church Representative
- Attendee (Non-Voting): Any person who attends a Baptist Church is welcome to attend Assembly but do not have voting rights.
- Morling College Council / Assembly Council: All members of Morling College Council and the Assembly Council are automatic members of Assembly.
- Baptist Mission Australia (Global Interaction) Cross Cultural Ministry Workers: Cross cultural ministry workers attached to Baptist Mission Australia are automatic members of Assembly.
What is the difference between a Voting Church Representative and an Alternate Church Representative?
Voting Church Representatives are the most common Church Representative that will be nominated by the Church as they have the ability to interact and vote on matters raised at Assembly. Under the Constitution, an Alternate Church Representative does not have automatic voting rights. Instead, they are nominated to attend the Assembly in case a Churches Voting Church Representative is unable to attend on the day. This may be due to illness or circumstances such as accidents. Should this take place the Alternate Voting delegate will than gain voting rights on the day and replace the original Voting Church Representative. Please note Alternate Voting Church Representatives are unable to speak to the motions or vote unless they are replacing a Voting Church Representative.
How many Voting Church Representatives is an Affiliated Church allowed?
- According to the Constitution, Affiliated Churches are entitled to appoint two Voting Church Representatives to attend Assembly and one additional delegate for each 50 members or portion of 50 members after the first 50. This is in addition to any Accredited Ministers or Non-Accredited Lead Pastors registering from a church.
What are the registration deadlines for various appointments?
- Voting Church Representatives MUST be registered a minimum of seven days prior to Assembly, as per the requirements of the Constitution. Registrations for Voting Church representatives must be made by Saturday November 5, 2022 at 11:59pm to be eligible to vote. In addition, the Church Secretary (or an individual fulfilling the role of Secretary) is required to notify the Association of those who have been appointed by the Church to act as Voting or Alternate Church Representatives on the day of Assembly.
- Alternate Church Representatives also must be registered a minimum of 7 days prior to Assembly, as per the requirements of the Constitution. Registrations for Alternate Church representatives must be made by Saturday November 5, 2022 at 11:59pm to be eligible to vote. The Assembly Council Secretary must be notified in writing if the Voting Church Representative is unable to attend the Assembly at the last minute the Alternate Voting Representative will take their place.
- Registrations close for Accredited Ministers, Non-Accredited Lead Pastors, Non-Voting Attendees, Morling College Council / Assembly Council members or Baptist Mission Australia Cross Cultural Ministry Workers on the day. It is strongly encouraged registrations are made in advance for catering purposes.
Does the Secretary at my Church need to confirm I am a Voting or Alternate Delegate?
- Yes! The Church Secretary (or an individual fulfilling the role of Secretary) is required to notify the Association of those who have been appointed by the Church to act as Voting or Alternate Church Representatives on the day of Assembly.
Terms and Conditions
Guidelines for conduct at Assemblies of the Baptist Churches of NSW & ACT
Members and Attendees of an Assembly attend for the express purpose of engaging with the matters at hand and participating in the discussion, discernment and decision-making that occurs at that Assembly. Members who are church delegates are also representing their church community. Any activity outside of this purpose during the Assembly including recording the assembly, posting on social media or speaking with media representatives is not permitted and may lead to removal from the Assembly.
Following Assembly, Assembly discussions and outcomes should be reported back by church delegates to their own churches. Any social media or other public discussion should be in general terms only and at all times maintain a tone of Christian grace and respect.
The Baptist Association of NSW/ACT does not accept responsibility for any losses incurred, including but not limited to, transport and accommodation booked for the event. The Baptist Association of NSW/ACT reserves the right to change any of the published event details without notice and have the final say on any matter relating to the event.
The Baptist Association of NSW/ACT understands circumstances change and offer the following alternatives to assist you should you need to alter your registration. Cancellations and refund of payments can be arranged by writing to The Baptist Association of NSW/ACT before Saturday, 5th November 2022. No refunds will be issued after this date. The Baptist Association of NSW/ACT can allow for special consideration of your circumstances regarding this policy. If this is the case, please contact The Baptist Association of NSW/ACT to discuss your circumstances.