Courses & Resources

Safe Church Team Network Evening – Child Safe Scheme now operating in NSW

We recently hosted Janet Schorer, the NSW Children’s Guardian at our Safe Church Team Network Evening.

Janet gave a presentation on the Child Safe Scheme that we as an Association of churches have been preparing for which came into law on 1st February 2022.

Here is the recording >>

The presentation reinforced the benefit of a local church adopting the Safe Church Package of Model Documents and submitting a Safe Church Health  Check Application.

The Exploring Mission Course

The Exploring Mission course has launched – an online discipleship course that helps you dive into context, cultures and your calling. Exploring Mission is flexible learning & self-paced.

Exploring Mission is for anyone who wants to explore questions such as:

  • What is God doing in the world?
  • What is my role in God’s mission?
  • What does intercultural mission in Australia look like?
  • Where is God calling me now?
  • How can I be trained and equipped for what God has for me in the future?

Exploring Mission is for people who want to understand and support global missions, for people considering becoming intercultural workers in the future, and for anyone who wants to better engage in intercultural ministry in their local neighbourhoods and suburbs.

You can find out more here >>

Marriage Celebrant Course

On Thursday 15th September 2022, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm, we will be hosting an online Marriage Celebrant course for all new accredited and recognised ministers and all ministers who have not completed a refresher in the last 3 years.

The purpose of this course is to provide training and support to all new applicants and current celebrants conducting weddings under the Baptist Association.  It will assist you in keeping up to date with all the latest government changes and inform you on how they impact our denomination.

You can find out more here >>

Morling Gender Dysphoria Forum

Gender, gender identity, and gender dysphoria raise important questions that Christians need to carefully consider and respond to with wisdom and faithfulness. What is the relationship between sex and gender? How do we understand those terms? How do these complex questions relate to what it means to flourish as people in communities? What light do the Christian Scriptures and Christian theology and ethics shed on those questions? How can we as people of faith and as faith communities respond well to those who struggle with these issues—especially when their experience is one of distress?

Patricia Weerakoon and Andrew Sloane will address these, and other questions. Their aim is to engage with the current scientific evidence, carefully interpret the Bible, and reflect theologically on the issues. They will also seek to deal with the challenges Churches face in being truly welcoming, and not affirming (and for that welcome to be experienced, as much as this is possible).

This event will be hosted at Erina Community Baptist Church – we will provide supper for those joining us in person and are looking forward to having you join us there! This is a public event and so we welcome those interested in the discussion.

For more information or to register click here >>

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