Pastors eNews - August 2019

Hi fellow pastors and leaders,

Welcome to your August Enews!  It’s a bumper edition this month with everything from useful resources to events coming up to equip and strengthen your ministry, updates on current public issues, and of course our Assembly and Annual Accreditation Service coming up on Saturday 7 September at Thornleigh Baptist Church.  There’s also an update on the drought from Steve Gaut, our regional minister in the western districts of NSW.

For many of us this is ‘planning season’ as we seek God for his priorities for us and the ministries we lead into next year.  I regularly need to remind myself that my job as a leader is not to ‘create’ the way forward, but to ‘catch’ or discern what God’s way forward is, and be obedient to it.  The processes for doing these 2 things may look similar in many respects – strategic planning meetings, budgets, collaborative planning, dreaming about the future.  But for spiritual leaders the starting place will be our overarching responsibility is to prayerfully listen to God and others, leading the community of His people into his plans and purposes.

As you plan, may you sense his strengthening and guiding hand on you and your ministry!


Steve Bartlett
Director of Ministries

Be part of your Assembly discussions – Saturday 7th September

Notices of Motion regarding the affiliation of churches and the accreditation of ministers, an update on our discussion around Affiliation Fees, exciting updates about our vision and strategy for the next 3 years and other ministry updates are all part of the morning.  Come and be part of it, either as a voting delegate/member, or an attendee!

For more information about how to register and information and papers for the day see here


Saturday 7th September 2019

Main Venue: 

Thornleigh Community Baptist Church

Additional Venues:
(full participation and voting)

Lismore Baptist Church
Dubbo Baptist Church
Wagga Baptist Church


Registration from 8.30am
Starts at 9.30am


Voting Registration Deadline: Sat Aug 31 2019
The Assembly will also be webcast, for individual viewing access (not participation or voting).

Drought Update

Below is a message from Rev Stephen Gaut, regional minister for our western region churches in NSW.


You can download this video to share with your church here

If you would like to get involved or understand more about the Drought Response visit here

Resource Corner – Adaptive Leadership & Board Governance Training

Do you have a ministry resource that you think would benefit your fellow pastors and leaders?  Feel free to email us at so we can get the word out!


Adaptive Leadership 

One of the increasing requirements of leadership in our age is the need to lead churches and other organisations through unchartered territory.  And as we all know, leading faithfully and effectively in the midst of significant change is challenging!  The Adaptive Leadership paradigm, championed in Ronald Heifetz’ book a decade ago, continues to be relevant.  (See here for a useful short article on Adaptive Leadership)
A more recent title Canoeing the Mountains by Tod Bolsinger adapts these principles for specifically Christian contexts and is a worthwhile read. 


Training Opportunity – One-Day Board Governance Course

More and more Christian organisations are realising the strategic value of investing in Board Training. Professional Development is no longer just for paid personnel: the laws are tightening, the tolerance of mistakes is disappearing, and the buck ultimately stops in the boardroom.
But governance not just about compliance!

Those in the boardroom have more opportunity than anyone else to steer the ministry towards its mission! It’s a tremendous privilege, but weak governance can seriously hamper your efforts to achieve something for God’s kingdom.

Invest just one day in preparing your church or ministry board for the year ahead! Learn what you need to know about governance, and how to build an effective board, from experts who work in and understand the nuances of the Christian sector.\\\\

Dr Gary Hoag will be anchoring the days by building from his latest book, ‘The Council’, which explores the four councils in Scripture as a basis for ministry governance. There will be other plenary sessions, a hypothetical, a plenary panel, and eight electives covering everything from board culture, external conduct standards, directors’ duties, Ministry Governance 101, and much more!

Click here to PRE-register (no payment, no obligation) for the Sydney training at Epping.


12 September 2019, 9.15am to 4.45pm


The Epping Club, 45-47 Rawson St, Eppling NSW


Board and council members of Christian churches, schools and ministries, plus Senior Pastors / Principals / CEOs


$165 for CMA Members, or $205 for non-members. Groups of 3 members $420, groups of 3 non-members, $520
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is included.

FORM - 18 to 19th October

Enjoyed hearing Tim Piesse speak at the Gathering? Interested in mission, evangelism, community engagement, or church planting? Do you have people in your church passionate about mission that you’d love to encourage, equip and see sent out?

Come along to Form Conference, and bring someone from your church with you! Form is a two day festival of ideas, storytelling, masterclasses, networking, team building and much more. Form will shape evangelism and church planting in the Baptist Churches of NSW and the ACT as we see a movement of a thousand healthy churches in a generation.

18 – 19th October

Adult (Subsidised)    $92
Adult                       $162
Adult (Day Rate)       $72
Child                         $25

Venue: C3 Spectrum4310 Nelson Bay Rd, Anna Bay NSW 2316

Oaks Pacific Blue Resort, Salamander Bay
Shared room $65.00
One-bedroom apartment $130.00
Two-bedroom apartment $185.00
Three-bedroom apartment $265.00

Register Here

If you would like further details about any of these events, please contact Jamie Freeman

Update on Abortion Bill in NSW Parliament

At the time of writing, the vote on this bill being debated in the NSW Upper House has been pushed back three weeks to allow for greater consultation. See our website here for information and  also some of the representations that have been made by our Association.  Here is a copy of what was sent out to pastors and churches about this issue a couple of weeks ago, which includes talking points for engagement with MPs.  We continue to encourage you to contact NSW upper house MPs by phone or email about this matter.

Religious Freedom Update

The Federal Government is preparing to introduce legislation in the near future which will take some modest and fairly uncontroversial steps to improve Freedom of Religion in Australia.  These are welcome.  However, some big issues have been left until after the report of the Australian Law Reform Commission, due in April next year, has been completed.

Professor Patrick Parkinson, Dean of Queensland University Law School and chair of the Christian legal think tank Freedom for Faith, has written a very helpful update on what is happening in this area, which can be accessed here and is also available on FFF’s website at

Our movement is a partner of Freedom for Faith – see

BaptistCare Sunday

BaptistCare is 75 years old this year. We want to give thanks to God for his provision and guidance as we have sought to express Jesus’s love in practical ways to the elderly, homeless and disadvantaged families and groups within our community.

We would love if you could allocate 5 or 6 minutes in a Sunday service/s during November to show a short video that highlights the work of BaptistCare and what we have been able to do together in ministering to the needs of those within our community.

Further details will be provided during September.
Please contact Trevor Wight if you would like a BaptistCare representative to join you on the day you choose to screen the video.

Save the Date - CFM Connect Day 2020

Due to the overwhelming success of Children’s and Families Connect Days this year we will be running this again next year! So save the date and share the image below and get ready for another fantastic time to gather regionally and grow together.

CCLI & Big Movie Licensing Renewal is Online

It is time to renew your CCLI and Big Studio Movie Licenses for 2020.
This can be done online here

Please note the due date for renewal including receipt of payments is Friday 27 September 2019.

The Baptist Churches of NSW & ACT has negotiated a Denominational License Scheme with CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing International Pty. Ltd) for Church Copy Right Licenses, Music Reproduction Licenses, Church Video Licenses, Song Select Premium and Heritage Films for Big Studio Movie Licenses.

What are the licenses? 

Big Studio Movie License
The Big Studio Movie License enables you to screen any films from some big producers like, Walt Disney, Roadshow Films, Warner Bros, Sony, Icon, Hoyts Distribution, Studio Canal, Hopscotch, E-one, Madman, Rialto, Palace Films, Transmission and Pinnacle Films, which are currently not covered by CCLI Video Licenses. To find out if the Big Studio Movie Licence is for you, clickhere.

CCLI Licenses
There are four types of CCLI licenses on offer:

  • Church Copyright License
  • Music Reproduction License
  • Church Video License
  • SongSelect Premium

The Church Copyright license gives permission for reproduction of lyrics of songs during church services. Includes projection of lyrics; printed bulletins, programmes; legal audio and video recordings which include singing; digital copy activities.

The Music Reproduction License gives permission for making copies of sheet music from a songbook, a downloaded PDF from a website, an enhanced CD or from SongSelect.

The Church Video License for public viewings in your church of all, or any portion, of a film from over 360 major producers and thousands of movie titles. Free subscription to Screenview with hundreds of clip and movie suggestions by theme.

SongSelect is an online resource featuring the lyrics of thousands of songs, sound samples, chord charts, lead sheets (melody line) and vocal sheets (up to 4-part harmony). Included is a music player, to play the music on the lead sheets and hymn sheets, and to transpose the music. The SongSelect Premium License allows full use of their resource library including sound samples, lyrics, lead sheets, chord sheets and vocal sheets.
Click here for further details.
These licences cover 1 Nov 2019 – 31 Oct 2020.

What are the benefits?

The benefits of the Denominational License Scheme include the convenience of one annual renewal date for all CCLI licenses, and the advantage of bulk purchase discounts on the license fees being:


Church Copyright License     Save up to 27%
Music Reproduction License     Save up to 15%
Church Video License     Save up to 23%
Big Studio Movie License     Save up to 20%

To participate in this scheme for 2020 (1 November 2019 to 31 October 2020) please complete the online application and payment form by 27 September 2019.*Late applications cannot be accepted due to CCLI and Big Movie Studio deadlines.

For more information please contact

BYM State Youth Camp

State Youth Camp is coming up Sept 27-30. Check to see if you youth group is registered for this amazing shared experience with God, with 3 nights of camping, activities, worship, prayer, teaching and relationship building! We are giving thanks for new churches joining us this year & the returning ones continuing this journey with their groups.

We also need volunteers to facilitate this experience for our youth groups. Can we encourage you to consider sending a small team to help support the incredible work that the Youth Pastors and Youth Leaders are doing? Teams that go for the whole 4 days will have their registration costs and all meals provided and will be allocated a space to camp (BYO Tent). Not only will they become part of an incredible crew but they can use their skills to support SYC in many different ways;

We are so thankful to God  that we have received a grant to enable us to subsidise teens who may not be able to afford to participate in this camp for any number of reasons. We are also able to subsidise travel costs for our rural & regional churches who have added transport costs to travel to camp. Checkout the financial aid page of the website to find out more about teen subsidies.

27 – 30 October


FREE for all 4 Day Volunteers


Cataract Scout Park (site 8 & 9)
Baden-Powell Drive,
Appin NSW

Tent Hire: 
Don’t want to bring tents and worry about set up and pack down? SYC is offering a ‘Rent a tent’ option!
For $145 you can rent a 4 person tent and arrive at camp with tents all set up ready to go!
If you would like to rent tents for your volunteer team please email Sarah.

Register Here


If you would like further details about any of these events, please contact Sarah Alarcon

Children's and Families Ministry - Playtime Webinar

Setting culture and creating space for spiritual conversations in Playtime ministries.

Join with Yvette Wynne and other playtime leaders and chat about creating a culture that welcomes people and helps your team to see the opportunities for spiritual conversations. This webinar will be run via zoom. You will receive a link to connect to the webinar.

Saturday 24th August


Register for the Playtime Webinar here

BaptistCare - Pastoral Carers Train the Trainers course

Who in your church could benefit from becoming a trained Spiritual Care Series facilitator for your church. This series will equip your church members to provide quality pastoral and spiritual care to older and vulnerable Australians.

Date and Time:
Thursday 12 September

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Morling College

Before the event:

If there are individuals your would like to send to this training, please send a Pastoral Reference recommending
them for participation in this course to Sue Wilson at

Register by clicking here

  Some of the topics you will facilitate include:

  1. Good communication
  2. Grief, loss, death and dying
  3. Roles, boundaries and self-care

This series is affordable, easy to facilitate through quality vide content with practical skills based training. This series will strenghthen pastoral care in your church as well as train people to become volunteers in your local community with opportunities to partner with BaptistCare’s Pastoral Care Volunteer Program. Morning tea and lunch is included in the price of registration. *This training is only available to those in Baptist Church ministries and BaptistCare’s Volunteer Program. Please contact Sue if you are not currently in ministry through a Baptist Church or Baptist Care Volunteer Program

Foundations for Coaching

Why Coaching?

Coaching is the process of “coming alongside”. Cultivate Coaching exists to glorify God, in partnership with the Holy Spirit, to develop and equip a network of Christian coaches – people who empower others (and those they serve) to release their God-given potential.

This 2 day training course provides many immediate and ongoing opportunities to engage with the principles and practices of coaching through discussion and peer practice. It builds on the foundations for healthy coaching and mentoring discussed in the Introduction seminar, reintroduces the GROW coaching model, and gives attendees opportunities to develop and hone their coaching skills through practice. Attendees will develop intuitive listening skills, learn how to ask powerful questions, and practice helping others convert ideas to actions.

An essential component of this training includes a HeartLife profile. HeartLife gives insight into why we behave the way we do and provides opportunity to journey with God and others for continual growth and lasting transformation. This will need to be completed online between the training days

This is for you if:
– You’ve never been coached, but would like to learn
– You are an experienced leader or mentor who would like to see the people you serve, better access the gold God has entrusted to them
– You have been coached, and loved it, and want to learn to do this for others
– You want to support, encourage and motivate others to discover and do the tasks God has planned for them, through easy and hard times

Friday 25 Oct – Saturday, 26 October 2019

Ground floor of Morling Residential College (MRC), at Morling College Campus

$40 per person, group discount applies and it can be credited to Continuing Ministry Development.

You must have completed Introduction to Coaching prior to attending this course.

Click here to find out more and register here


Converge 2019, an activity of Australian Baptist Ministries, is quickly approaching.  Converge is an annual gathering where close to 40Baptist leaders from around the country converge on Canberra for two days of meetings with federal parliamentarians. This is an opportunity for the whole Australian Baptist movement to speak out about making our nation and our world more just.  In previous years we have advocated for refugees and asylum seekers, people living in poverty, people who have been trafficked, people unable to find secure and affordable housing, and people whose lives have been marred by domestic violence.

This year, we will be reminding our federal leaders of these concerns but also putting focus on the wellbeing of children in our nation through the launch of a new BaptistCare Australia report.  We will focus on how Australia can better respond to children living in poverty, the systemic disadvantages facing many Indigenous children and the uncertain future for children in a world where the climate is changing.

Would you join us in prayer for this important event?  Please pray that we would speak with clarity, passion and purpose.  Pray that God would be honoured in all that we say and do and pray that the hearts and minds of our federal parliamentarians would be soft and open to our asks.

Positions Vacant - BaptistCare, Morling College, Baptist World Aid, Baptist Association


The Baptist Association is a movement of 350 local churches passionately committed to a common cause; to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ in word, deed and sign together.

If this is your passion check out the jobs below:




Are you passionate about ending poverty? Wish your career could be your calling? Want a job that means more? 

At Baptist World Aid we long to see a world where poverty has ended and all people enjoy the fullness of life God intends. We believe that by living our faith, and loving with action, we can end poverty. Work for Baptist World Aid and use your God-given talents to be love as you serve in the name of Jesus.

Baptist World Aid is a Christian aid and development agency. The head office is located in North Ryde, Sydney. 

There are several positions currently vacant including:

  • CRM Support Officer
  • Marketing and Communications Manager
  • Ethical Fashion Team Leader
  • Team Leader – Campaigns
  • Governance and Risk Coordinator


Find out more or apply here





Morling is a bible college that will challenge, stretch and equip you, offering cutting-edge training in the areas of the Bible, Ministry, Theology, Evangelism, Mission, Education, Counseling, Chaplaincy and Leadership development. Become a part of the fabric that provides this rich learning opportunity.

Positions vacant include:

  • Events Coordinator
  • Lecturer in Missiology


Find out more or apply here





BaptistCare is a leading not-for-profit Christian based care organisation that has been serving the aged and people living with disadvantage for 75 years. It support thousands of people across NSW and the ACT through more than 160 facilities and programs.

There are a broad range of careers at BaptistCare, some of the positions available include:

  • Chaplin at Bathurst Correctional Centre
  • Case Team Manager at Warabrook
  • Cleaner at Macquarie Park
  • Administrator at Point Claire 

Find out more or apply here

Advanced Creating Safe Spaces Training

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.