Hi fellow pastors and leaders,
The Apostle Paul reminds us in Ephesians 4:1-6:
4 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
On April 1st our Annual Assembly was held at Parkside Church.
It was a joy to see pastors and delegates from churches across the state attending this special day both in person and online. We adopted a new constitution. We were challenged powerfully around the area of disciplemaking by our discipleship taskforce. The resource made available on the day is linked to this enews. We welcomed a new church into our Baptist family. We were challenged by the need for ongoing funding of our collective work and how this can be achieved.
And we heard stories of how God has been at work among us. New churches planted, churches revitalised, 900 SRE teachers authorised and supported, 4500 people experiencing Christian camping through Kiah Ridge, new leadership development cohorts started. We saw a clip of the 200+ people gathered that very day at a camp at Kiah Ridge for Arabic refugees, to worship, share their stories and hear the gospel. Inspiring stuff!
But I saw something else inspiring as well. I saw Ephesians 4:1-6 being lived out in this gathering of churches. Every aspect of the day was dealt with in a manner worthy of our calling, humility and gentleness abounded, patience and love were witnessed and unity of spirit in a bond of peace ruled the day as we discussed, discerned, and engaged in community over breaks in the day.
The final announcement of the day continued in that vein. Ross Clifford, Principal of Morling College and I had the privilege to announce that in 2019 the Baptist Ministry Centre and Baptist Financial Services will be co-locating with Morling in a landmark new building on the current land at Macquarie Park. A ministry hub, it will be a key part of the ongoing outworking of the Morling redevelopment vision.
Information, videos, the live stream and other documentation from the day can be found via links in this newsletter. In particular, I invite you to download our movement’s Annual Report which gives you more info about the journey of the last 12 months together. Your church will soon be receiving a hard copy, and you can request further copies by ringing the Ministry Centre.
And I invite you to pray – for your fellow Baptist churches and for our movement. Great things are happening and I look forward to continuing to journey with you as we shape our future together under God’s hand.
2017 Annual Assembly
All documentation from the Annual Assembly held at Parkside Baptist Church on the 1st of April, including, video, live stream, slides, documents and more can be found here:
or just check out the Annual Report 2016
Please continue to pray for our churches in Northern NSW and also Churches in Queensland as they minister in the midst of flooding and the aftermath of the cyclone and storms.
Many of the pastors and church members are directly impacted and are ministering to their community as well as dealing with their own loss.
At the Annual Assembly the Discipleship task force brought to us recommendations and a report from their work over the last few years.
To view the discipleship landing page visit:
Case for Christ Screening
The below invite was passed onto me for Sydney metro pastors.
Dear Pastor/Church Leader,
We invite you to a FREE Pastors and Church Leaders pre-screening of THE CASE FOR CHRIST at Event Cinemas Castle Hill on Monday 10th of April at 7pm.
THE CASE FOR CHRIST is based on Lee Strobel’s best-selling book about his own journey as an award-winning investigative journalist and resolute atheist who sets out to disprove Christianity.
The film draws on the true story of Lee and Leslie Strobel whose marriage struggled mightily as her growing faith collided with his determined atheism. The dramatic retelling of their journey offers heart and a human touch on the in-depth research Lee Strobel conducted.
Coming to Cinemas in Australia May 4th – THE CASE FOR CHRIST is a moving story that will inspire everyone who sees it: believers, those who are searching for answers, and even those who are where Lee Strobel once was.
THE CASE FOR CHRIST stars Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway and Robert Forster.
More information: fb.com/caseforchrist
To book your tickets please go to
We hope to see you soon!
The Case for Christ Team
Jesus – The Game Changer
Karl Faase and Olive Tree Media released Jesus the Game Changer in 2016 for use in local churches to engage people in conversations about the person of Jesus. Most of us have no idea how revolutionary Jesus was in His day! This series looks at how the life and teaching of Jesus changed the world 2000 years ago and why it still matters for us today.
Topics include the equality of all people, women and children, leadership, education and health, democracy, forgiveness and more.
Register your interest HERE and jump on board for 6 weeks of evangelism and outreach for our denomination in early 2018.
The Jesus the Game Changer Church Campaign will be run over 6 weeks leading up to Easter in 2018 and will include:
- Preparing for Jesus the Game Changer video – released to churches later in 2017 so that your church can start planning events
- Six short videos (5-10 mins each) to be played in services during the campaign introducing each of the topics
- Wholesale prices on purchase of DVDs, digitial downloads and discussion guides (the full discussion guide is also available on a free app)
- Radio advertising – encouraging people to attend a local Baptist Church to find out more about Jesus the Game Changer
- Invitations for personal use and letterbox delivery
- Banners for your church
Express your interest HERE
Request for Standards feedback
In light of the recommendations of the royal commission and in considering best practice in adult learning, we believe it is time to undertake a major revision of our Creating Safe Spaces training. Sometime in the second half of 2017 we plan to launch Creating Safe Spaces 2.0.
As well as updating the content we will also be changing our delivery model.
Instead of the current 6 hour awareness workshop and the 3 hour refresher workshop we hope to change the program to include some online learning modules and a 3 or 4 hour face to face workshop every 3 years.
As we embark on this process Jonathan Bradford – Standards Manager is keen to hear feedback from as many people as possible about our Creating Safe Spaces training. He’d love to hear what you find helpful about our current training, as well what could be improved in the future.
Refugees and Asylum Seekers-Out of our abundance
Please find below link to an article from our Public Engagement team.
Crossover Monthly eNews
How confidently can your church explain Easter?
Description: How confidently can your church explain the meaning of Easter to their friends and colleague? What can the majority world teach us about mission? Is it worth swapping your sanctuary for a sports or community centre? Check out the March enews to find resources that answer these questions. We also link resources for the Crossover Easter Offering, our only source of funding, which accompany the brochures your church has already received.
Halo Ball – BaptistCare
The below was passed onto me for pastors and churches.
On behalf of BaptistCare I would like to invite pastors and churches to attend our second annual Halo Ball, raising much needed funds for women and children who are escaping domestic and family violence.
Domestic violence statistics in Australia are confronting yet they only touch the surface of the true experience of women and children affected. We have been providing domestic and family violence services for over 30 years, with a proven track record in supporting women and children who are impacted by abuse through various support services as well as crisis and medium term housing.
However there is more need than we can respond to, so we’re asking you to join us and help us transform lives.
Last year we sold just over 400 tickets, and it was a wonderful night – we’ve had fantastic feedback. This year, we’re headlining the evening with Ricki-Lee, Natalie Barr as MC, and various other entertainers including the NSW Police Rock Band.
We’d love to have you at the Halo Ball in 2017, through the purchase of tickets, a table or sponsorship.
In addition to the invitation attached, I’ve also included our sponsorship document which will give you more background on the event and what we are trying to achieve as well as some sponsorship packages.
Feel free to also take a look at the event website (www.haloball.org.au), where you can see our entertainment line up and for all ticket / table sales.
Thank you in advance for considering this invitation, and we hope to see you at the Halo Ball this year.
If you have any questions, please be in touch.
Randy Wood, CFRE MFIA
Fundraising Manager – BaptistCare
Come and join us at Revive this year as we See: Local and Global. Everywhere we look, there are people crying out to God, longing for the piece (and the peace) that will make them whole again. There are so many opportunities for us to share Jesus. With our families. Our friends. Our next door neighbours. Our sporting clubs. Our backyard and our global yard. We hope you will join us as we are challenged on how we can more effectively see and reach our neighbours, both near and far.
Revive is on 19-20 May 2017 at The Centre, Dural.