Pastors eNews - April 2019

Hi fellow pastors and leaders,

Welcome to April enews!

On the eve of this very special weekend can I take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Easter.  This week in our staff devotions at the Ministry Centre we prayed for you, that not only would you know God’s strengthening as you lead our churches in worship and reach out over this season, but that you know God’s presence and renewing as you reflect on the enormity of Jesus’ death and resurrection for you personally.

This issue includes some time sensitive information particularly around The Gathering and our Assembly which are only 2 weeks away.  I look forward to seeing many of you there!


Steve Bartlett | Director of Ministries

2 weeks until The Gathering - 2nd May 2019

There are only 2 weeks left until The Gathering!

‘The Gathering’ is your Association’s new major event building on the incredible feedback received from the 2018 ‘Celebrate 150’ event. The Gathering is an opportunity to gather together and celebrate our movement of churches.

We want ‘The Gathering’ to grow you. To grow your heart for God and all He has called you to. To grow your passion for your local ministry and mission. To grow your connection to our tribe and what we can achieve together.

The Gathering is your opportunity to be connected, inspired, equipped and sent back to the local church, community and family, blessing them out of what you have received. It will follow on from our annual assembly on the evening of the 1st of May. The Gathering is for all the people in your church and is a great platform to inspire your people.

Don’t miss this exciting new format – make sure you put this event in your church calendar and be a part of something new.
More information will be sent in the new year and you can keep updated on The Gathering website 

For more information contact Kylie.

2019 Annual Assembly + Additional Venue (ACT)

Documents  Information for Delegates and Members attending the Annual Assembly Meeting can be found below. For information about logistics for the evening, such as parking and dinner arrangements, is available at

The Value of Our Assemblies
The overall purpose of our Assemblies is to gather the churches within our Association to “worship and discern the Lord’s leading in its overall direction”. This purpose is so important it is embedded in our Constitution. Assembly is a place to reflect on what God is doing in our midst, connect with others in our movement and glimpse how Jesus is leading us in our collective ministry in this world.
Who is able to attend the Assembly?

To ensure that the widest possible voice is heard, everyone from your church is invited to come and be part of this assembly! You are not limited in the number of non-voting church representatives who can attend. However, we will need to know in advance who will be the official voting church representatives from your church and any other attendees from your church who intend to be a part of this special occasion.

The Constitution allows for 2 voting church representatives regardless of church size, plus an additional voting church representative 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 your church. Church representatives and Alternate Church representatives must register before 24 April to be eligible to vote, as per the Constitution. Accredited ministers, non-accredited lead pastors and non-voting church representatives can continue to register until 1 May.




Le Montage (38 Frazer Street, Lilyfield)

Additional Venue –  Mosaic Baptist Church Evatt Campus – 8 Chomley Court, Evatt, ACT 2617


Wednesday 1 May 2019 – Sign on and drinks available from 5pm
A buffet dinner will be held from 5.45pm-6.30pm
Brought to you by the generous support of Baptist Insurance Services

The program will commence at 6.45pm with Worship & Prayer

Additional Venue – The program will commence at 7.00pm


(including dinner): $29 per person.
(Arrangements are in place for any for whom cost is a difficulty.)

Additional Venue – No Cost

More information on the Annual Assembly and what will be voted on can be found here.

Crossover eNews & Easter

Crossover has partnered with Baptist Churches around Australia at Easter time for over 30 years now. Crossover is Australian Baptist Ministries’ agent for helping pastors equip people in the local Baptist church to creatively share the good news of Jesus, as they demonstrate Christ’s love in community.

Your State Leaders value the contribution Crossover makes as a catalyst and resource developer in evangelism, church planting and church revitalisation. In 2019 they have made a video for you to share with your congregation about the Easter Offering for Crossover. As the Easter Offering is Crossover’s only source of funding, it is vital to us as a movement to facilitate and support church leaders as you equip your congregations for mission.

We recognise that there are many demands on church finances these days, so we really appreciate the opportunity to partner with you as we seek to resource the body of Christ for effective mission.

Many churches take up the offering in the lead up to Easter, others over the Easter weekend. We have online giving facilities for both churches and individuals, so you can now forward the monies collected to us online if that’s easier than posting a cheque/EFT. Click the Support-Give tab to find out more. Please make sure your church Treasurer receives the Treasurer’s form posted to you / available here which also includes these options.

You can view the Crossover eNews here


Easter Resources

Crossover Easter video with Steve Bartlett

Sharing with non Christians

The other story of Easter video

The other story of Easter Sermon Guide

Acceptance Into The National Redress Scheme

We are pleased to report that 87% of our churches have agreed to join the National Redress Scheme as part of our NSW/ACT Baptist participating group.

We have been advised that the Federal Minister for Families and Social Services, The Hon. Paul Fletcher MP, has welcomed the Baptist Churches of NSW & ACT as participants in the National Redress Scheme effective from 29th March 2019.  Click Here

This is a significant moment and the Assembly Council would like to express thanks to all participating churches for their involvement.  Our hope is that through participation in the Redress scheme we can help survivors move towards healing and restoration and that we can further our commitment to rectifying past failings.

As yet we have not been able to put in place a way forward to allow Incorporated entities that are not churches into the Association’s Participating Group in the Redress Scheme.  We are still seeking a solution and will keep you informed as this progresses.

Please contact Jonathan Bradford if you would like any further information via email

Appointment of CMD Administrator

With Jenny Casey’s appointment to a new role at the Baptist Ministry Centre, a new Continuing Ministry Development Administrator has been appointed.

Amy Shum comes with a number of years of pastoral experience, and is an accreditation candidate.
She works Thursdays at the Baptist Ministry Centre at Epping and you can get in touch with her via email ( or on 9868 9200. Please join us in welcoming Amy to this new role.

My Community Project - $20,000 to $200,000 Grants Available

Have you got a great idea to improve your local community?

My Community Project is a NSW government funding program that is all about local ideas, local projects and local decisions. Applications are now open for grants from $20-$200k. Project applications are closing on 15 May. You can find more information on My Community Project here.

Unincorporated churches who wish to apply will need to be sponsored by the Baptist Churches of NSW Property Trust who can be contacted by email at

Volunteers Needed - Ministry Standards Committee & Divorce Sub-Committee

 The Committee for Ministry are looking for volunteers to serve on the Ministry Standards Committee and the Divorce Sub-Committee of the Committee for the Ministry. If you would like to volunteer or would like more information please contact Jenny Casey. 

Position Vacant - Chef @ Kiah Ridge

Imagine working in a hospitality environment as part of a small committed team, where you have the opportunity to achieve a better work/life balance and use your skills for something with a real purpose. Know well in advance how many people are due in for meal service, at what time, and special requests and how long service would run for, with the kitchen typically closed by 8pm

Kiah Ridge Christian Conference Centre is an activity of the Baptist Association of NSW/ACT, with a vision to provide a venue and opportunities where people can ‘Connect with Jesus, and Experience His Community’. Located in Tahmoor 10 minutes from Picton, and 20 minutes from the Southern Highlands (Mittagong/Bowral).

We are seeking an experienced and skilled Chef that is passionate about food service and the transformational power of Christian Camping Ministry. The successful applicant will oversee all aspects of the delivery of food service at Kiah Ridge, ensuring delivery is to a high standard, within budget requirements.

This role is a full time position, with rotating weekend work. Flexible working arrangements, including part time commitments, are open for discussion. An attractive remuneration package will be offered in line with skills, experience and relevant Hospitality award.

A full role description is available to interested applicants. Applications should be submitted to the Site Director with a covering letter addressing the role description, resume, and at least 2 referees. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications may be reviewed prior to the closing date; and as such the closing date is subject to change without notice.

Further information, and a copy of the role description, please contact:
Site Director, Kevern Bawden on 4683 1111,

A Working With Children Check is a prerequisite for anyone in child-related employment. It is a requirement of employment that a ‘clearance to work’ in child related employment is obtained and maintained. Any fees payable are by the employee/applicant.

All employees are required to fully support and uphold the values of Kiah Ridge Christian Conference Centre, and its parent organisation the Baptist Association of NSW/ACT.

Drought Relief Update

An update on our churches in drought affected regions and how you can help. Please share this with your churches.

Since launching our drought appeal mid-last year, much has happened that we’d love to share with you! Firstly, almost $250,000 has been donated from across our Baptist movement to our drought relief fund! This is a wonderful display of support for those doing it tough in drought conditions.

We’ve heard many stories of the blessings experienced by people because of the drought relief fund. Here are just two of those stories from the Western region.

A non-Christian family was not sure how they were going to celebrate Christmas 2018, as all their resources were going towards keeping breeding stock alive. The local church gave them vouchers for food and petrol just before Christmas and their teary response was “Thank you for allowing us to have a Christmas for our children, thank you for caring. And maybe the church is ok!”.

A non-christian farming family wasn’t home, but the local church left a hand-made card and vouchers on their doorstep. The husband called the church and said“Thanks mate, really appreciate it. I don’t like to say we’re struggling, but these vouchers, you wouldn’t realise just how perfect their timing is”.

Thank you for being a part of these stories! Your generous contributions have helped local churches meet the physical, emotional and psychological needs of people in their local communities.

Requests for Assistance
If you attend a church that has multiple pastors and leaders, we encourage you to consider sending one of your pastors for up to two weeks to a church in a drought affected area. Some of these churches would really appreciate the teaching on a Sunday, and the support of having a pastor visit with the local community. If your church is able to send a pastor, please contact Kylie to find out more information

Revive Youth Nights

The aim of our Revive youth nights is to connect and encourage our youth ministries through teaching, worship and story. It’s a time to celebrate what’s happening around NSW/ACT as well as providing a tremendous platform for youth pastors and leaders to serve our wider movement of churches. By serving together we can reach over 2,000 young people with the message of Christ!

Our theme for 2019 is NOW and Currently we have confirmed the following events:

Hunter Region – May 24th
Central West – Bathurst – May 31st
Southern Sydney – Gymea – June 14th
Northern Sydney – TBD
Western Sydney – TBD
Central Coast – TBD

If you would like further details about any of these events, please contact Kathy Dwyer.
If you would be interested in hosting a Revive Youth night for churches in your region, please contact Steve Dixon.

Global Interaction Annual Lunch

Every year Global Interaction hosts an Annual Lunch where you can hear stories from teams around the globe.


Saturday 27th April
12:00 to 2:30pm


Epping Baptist Church
1-5 Ray Road, Epping

Balance Ministry Services - Limited Spaces Available

Balance Ministry Services provide accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, reporting and advisory services to Baptist Churches in NSW & ACT.

Their mission is simple: to support your ministry with accounting and bookkeeping services.

They offer fixed pricing and only work with Baptist churches and do not make a profit, so you get all the benefits of professional services at a fraction of the cost.

To find out more and to express your interest in these services please visit Balance Ministry Services is a ministry of the Baptist Association in NSW & ACT.

Easter Office Hours

The Baptist Ministry Centre will be closed for Easter (Friday 19th, Monday 22nd)  and Anzac Day (Thursday 25th) Public Holidays.