Hi fellow pastors and leaders,
This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, and enters the sea (that is the dead sea) when the water flows into the sea, the water will become fresh…
As leaders we are expected to lead. We seek God and His direction for ourselves and our congregations. We drive vision, pastor our communities and inspire congregations to be all they can be for Christ.
Often a new year of ministry leadership commences with excitement about the possibilities that lie ahead and what God is doing, which is great. Maybe we are aware too that some of the challenges of 2016 haven’t gone away with the beginning of a new year! And we know that over time the temptation to allow ourselves to be overstretched in multiple directions and to cease leading from a place of trust in God, is very real.
I’m regularly encouraged by the vision of God’s activity in our lives from Ezekiel 47. This passage paints a picture of water flowing from the Temple, bringing life wherever it goes. Coming directly from the presence of God himself, it brings sustenance, hope and refreshment. It’s a wonderful reminder of the reality of God’s transforming and sustaining work in us.
Can I encourage you in 2017 to allow God to continually fill you. To make conscious, ongoing decisions to allow what is given out in your life and ministry to be replenished, so you can continue to give out.
So practically what might this look like? 4 things:
- Be equipped to equip others
A significant part of the task of church leaders is to equip the body of Christ for the work of ministry (Eph 4) to serve in the church and be followers of Christ. But this equipping of others is impacted by the extent to which we ourselves are equipped. A conscious decision to dedicate time to attending training days, seminars and conferences; reading broadly and interacting through online resources will pay dividends in our capacity to lead our people and our churches.
- Be pastored to pastor others
The pressures of life and the stresses of family, work, society generally and even church, create many opportunities to care for those in our congregations. This caring requires us to give of ourselves. Yet without receiving care and pastoral support in our own walk, we will eventually find ourselves empty of the capacity to give to others. Let me ask: Who is supporting you and your ministry? Do you have someone outside your ministry – maybe a fellow pastor – who can pour into your life? Who can pastor you?
- Be discipled to disciple others
Disciplemaking is not easy. It is a constant commitment to walking with Jesus and yielding to his shaping work in our lives. We journey with people through the ups and downs of faith; through the successes and struggles of life. We challenge those in our church to step out in faith and trust. We help hold them accountable for commitments made and faithfulness to Jesus. But who is discipling you? Who challenges you to move out of your comfort zone and holds you accountable for your faith walk and leadership? Who walks with you on your journey of discipleship?
- Be encouraged to encourage others
As we encourage those in our church in their walk, let’s seek out encouragement for our life and ministry. There are many great stories of how God is at work across our churches, and places we can go to be built up and encouraged in our ministries. Let’s continue to build personal networks that are lifegiving and that bring encouragement to us. Let’s ask ourselves who is bringing encouragement into our lives, and what fellow leaders can we be encouraging.
Servant leadership in God’s Kingdom involves the pouring out of ourselves for others. If we keep seeking God to refill our lives, then we will be operating out of the overflow of God’s work in us, rather than our own strength. I pray that this may be your experience, and mine, in ministry in 2017!
Shaping the Future – Baptist Assembly Saturday 1st April
Assembling to worship, pray, celebrate and discern
On Saturday 1 April 2017 we will gather as a movement to worship, pray, celebrate and discern together at our Annual Assembly. For more information and to register please visit: https://nswactbaptists.org.au/annual-assembly-2017/
Our venue will be Parkside Baptist Church.
Public Engagement Calendar & Event
The Public Engagement Group (PEG) of the NSW & ACT Baptists would like to invite you to an informal get together on February 27 from 7pm-9pm at the Baptist Association head office at Suite 101, Level 1, 3 Carlingford Road Epping, NSW. Come share dessert with us and “help us help you” as we share together our visions and challenges for community engagement. Join us as we hear from Steve Bartlett, John Beckett and Scott Higgins about the important work of Baptists engaging in social justice issues locally and nationally. Give us feedback about what you need from us as the public engagement group and spend time connecting with one another. We look forward to seeing you there!
Please RSVP by February 15 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the 2017 Public Engagement Calendar as you plan for your church year. We welcome you to join us in our key campaigns for the year and would love to assist you as you engage with your community.
Youth Pastors Conference Prayer
Please join with us in praying for the 2017 Youth Pastors Conference. We want to be believing in God’s provision, his leading, and his desires as we gather together from across ACT & NSW.
Here are prayer points that we are inviting people to pray for leading up to YPC17.
1st February – For the ministry partners who will share about opportunities
2nd February – Opportunities to witness to staff at the resort
3rd February – For family who attendees will leave at home – wives, husbands, children
4th February – For Steve and Dan as they lead the time over the coming days
5th February – For safe travel as we gather from wide and far
6th February – That we look to serve others in humility no matter our differences
‘A World Made Right – Catalyst Launch 2017’
God has given us a vision of a world made right – where poverty and injustice have ended and all people enjoy the fullness of life He intends. As God’s people, we have the privilege of working with Him to make this vision a reality.
In 2017, Baptist World Aid’s church-based advocacy program – Catalyst – will equip you and your church to advocate for a world made right; a world where communities and nations have the resources to lift themselves out of poverty, where workers in developing countries are free from exploitation, and where children are not working to farm the cocoa we enjoy.
At the Baptist World Aid Catalyst Launch, you’ll be inspired and equipped to take powerful and meaningful action to help end global poverty, slavery and injustice.
There will be two Catalyst Launch events in NSW – one in Sydney and one on the Central Coast.
We hope to see you there!
- Saturday 4th February
- Carlingford Baptist Church (Cnr Pennant Hills Rd & Alamein Ave, Carlingford NSW)
- Saturday 18th March
- 2pm- 4:30pm
- Narara Valley Baptist Church (149 Narara Valley Dr, Narara NSW)
Big 6 – Booklet
At the Mid-Year Assembly our updated Strategic Priorities were presented. Please find below video of that presentation and a PDF version for use in your church.
Would you like to better understand the insurance cover provided by Baptist Insurance Services that protects your ministry, church leadership and church family? If so, please contact our Insurance Manager, Tim Williams, on 02 9868 9213 or email@example.com.
Tim would be happy to organise a one on one meeting, a meeting with your team leadership, or organise a workshop to be held with other Baptist Churches within your region.
Another area of increasing importance when planning church ministries and events in your local community is risk management. Dealing with risks is a normal and everyday part of many aspects of church life and these risks must be dealt with to a satisfactory standard in line with community expectations and safety and management practices. There has also been considerable growth in the risk management requirements imposed on churches.
Baptist Insurance Services is here to assist your church in a number of ways. The “Risk Management Guide for Churches” was sent to your church in 2015 to provide practical assistance in caring for people, property, professional and pastoral activities. If your church does not have a copy of the guide, please let Tim know. In addition, a Risk Management workshop could be organised for your region to provide greater risk management help and guidance. Please let Tim know if this is of interest to you.
Please pray for fellow pastor Stephen Jamieson as he undergoes major cancer treatment.
As a general reminder to all Pastors, please ensure that any changes to your details or the details of your church, secretary, treasurer, staff, etc. are emailed to the BMC firstname.lastname@example.org
This information is updated in our system, contact lists and updates your marriage Celebrants information.
Developing a ‘seventh sense’ for Christian leadership and institutions
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Pioneering a movement of a thousand healthy churches by 2050. Inspire creates an environment for leaders and teams to imagine into existence this new reality. Every place and group of people is unique. So how do you pioneer like Jesus in rural, suburban, urban and cross-cultural contexts? Collaborate with others. Be coached. Allow our experienced thinkers and practitioners to inspire you to see where God is at work so that you can join him in the neighbourhood.
Pastoral Development Days 2017
March 17 “Bouncing Back: Building Personal Resilience for Life and Ministry.”
Presenter: Dr. Steve Dawson, Clinical Psychologist
Numbers limited to 30 participants
10.00 – 1.00 with light lunch to follow
June 15 “Breathing life into Dry Bones: Appreciative Inquiry as a Tool to Revitalise the Local Church
Presenter: Cameron Eccleston
9.30 am – 4.30 pm. Lunch and refreshments provided, along with materials.
Numbers limited to 30 participants.
Introduction to Life Coaching
- WHEN Wednesday 22nd February 2017
- WHERE Baptist Ministry Centre 6.30pm – 9.30pm Level 1, 3 Carlingford Rd Epping
- CONTACT email@example.com
- COST Individual = $40 – Group = $30 pp for 4 or more
Coaching is the process of ‘coming alongside’. There are many times when it would be helpful to have someone alongside to help you define your vision, clarify your goals and develop action plans.
Coaching is a powerful approach to unlocking and releasing God’s dream for each of us, no matter what stage of life we are at. Whether in ministry, in our families or in our workplaces, the skills of asking powerful questions are key to empowering those around us.
This stand-alone 3 hour seminar explores the foundations for healthy coaching and mentoring, the unique features of each, and introduces the basic skills and resources in the GROW coaching model. It is also the launch pad into additional coaching training.
Simple Church Planting Day
The Simple Church gathering is for the curious, the beginners, and the experimenters, to be encouraged and encourage others as we follow Jesus. This is a time of worship and prayer for the whole church. There will be fresh insights into staying healthy on mission, the habits of disciplemakers and much more. Phil Brown from Oikos in Melbourne will share with us on his bold and remarkable journey. So come along to the Simple Church Network Day on Sunday, 26 Feb at Morling College. Register online now!
REVIVE Pastors & Leaders
Come along and join with other pastors and leaders as we worship, pray and rejoice together. This is a great time to catch up with other pastors and gather with your Baptist family as we ‘See: Local and Global’. The Pastors and Leaders Morning is at Toongabbie Baptist Church on Thursday, 16 Feb. Register online here https://nswactbaptists.brushfireapp.com/events/435186
NSW Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network (DRCN) Training 2017
Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network (DRCN) training courses to be held in NSW between February and June 2017.
These will be:
- February 7 – Team Leaders’ Training – Sydney
- March 14-15 – Basic Training – Sydney
- May 9 – Ministers’ Support Training – Sydney
- May 16-17 – Basic Training – Central West (Orange)
- June 6-7 – Basic Training – Sydney.
Two-day basic training courses are open to clergy (or equivalent) and those employed in institutional commissioned chaplaincies (such as gaols, hospitals and schools).
The training is extremely helpful in understanding the nature of emergencies and disasters, how communities and people are affected by these, and practical ministry skills to assist in these circumstances. If successful, the aim is to have these people join the network to enable an organised, government-instituted, response to emergencies to evacuation and recovery centres to provide comfort and spiritual care to disaster-affected people.
The following link…
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/b9vsg5pxuxqsy00/AAC1pq13CMhDipqki8NAxj1Ea?dl=0 connects to a dropbox with forms which include:
- Information on the process of application
- Information about the DRCN and its work
- An Application form (for the applicant to fill out and return to us)
- A Nomination form (for the denominational leader – e.g. Bishop or Presbytery Officer to fill out and return to us)
- If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Rev Dr Stephen Robinson by email (DRCN@nat.uca.org.au).