Pastors eNews - July 2019

Hi fellow pastors and leaders,

Welcome to the July edition of the Pastors eNews! Normally you would read a greeting from our Director of Ministries, Steve Bartlett. He is away with family for a short break. We have huge regard for Steve and all that he brings to our Association and pray for a restful and family focused time away. In the meantime, there is quite a bit going on in and around our Association of Churches.

The Jo Saxton Event is next week. Jo is a brilliant leader and communicator and her input sessions crack open three crucial areas for Churches and Church leaders (and emerging leaders!) to engage:
“What on earth are you here for?” (exploring how each new generation engages the claims of Christ and how this affects our mission), “Developing leaders in a post-Christian culture” and “You can’t be what you can’t see: Empowering women leaders to thrive in their calling” present three core challenges in ministry today.

Jo is one of the most in demand Christian speakers across the globe today. You can register here for the Jo Saxton Leadership Conversations here.

The September Assembly is coming up fast and your prayer and presence is necessary. Please register for the Assembly here.

There are many more ministry opportunities before us. Please take the time to read through them.

Lastly, let me take this brief moment to encourage us as an Association and as individual Churches to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).
When we focus on Jesus, he compels us into mission and empowers us for the task here in Australia and around the world.

May you be free in His unshakeable grip!

Rev Andrew Palmer
Acting Director of Ministries

September Assembly 2019

Twice a year the affiliated churches of NSW & ACT meet together to be encouraged by what God is doing, to be inspired by what He will do, and to spend time in discerning His will together. The next time we gather will be for the September Assembly;


Saturday 7th September 2019


Thornleigh Community Baptist Church


Register here
Voting Registration Deadline: Sat Aug 31 2019

Jo Saxton Leadership Conversations - Next Week

Join with us as Jo Saxton facilitates a conversation about leadership in the church in the 21st century.

Jo Saxton is an author, speaker, leadership coach, entrepreneur and visionary. Born to Nigerian parents and raised in London, England  Jo brings a multicultural and international perspective to leadership. Having served on the staff teams in churches in the UK and the US, and chaired the board of a non profit organisation, today Jo is the founder of the Ezer Collective, an initiative that equips and invests in women leaders. She also co-hosts the popular podcast, Lead Stories: Tales of Leadership and Life with Steph O’Brien. The author of three books, Jo’s most recent title is called The Dream of You: Let Go of Broken Identities, Live the Life You Were Made For.

Are you a leader? Will you be one in the future? Do you have the ability to influence someone right now? Be a part of the Leadership Conversations with Jo Saxton.


Thursday night: “What on earth are you here for?”.
Every generation of believers have to work out how they will respond to the challenges and opportunities of their day. It’s easy to get distracted with so many voices and priorities vying for attention. Still in Christ we have a chance to discover both who we are and what we’re living for. It’s time to find out – God’s adventure awaits!

Friday morning: “Developing Leaders in a Post-Christian Culture”
Friday is for all leaders and all those who will step into leadership in the future. Leaders shape and define cultures in communities, and cities, in the corporate work, the arts, the church. So developing healthy leaders is essential. This session explores how we develop healthy leaders for a post Christian world.

Friday afternoon: “You can’t be what you can’t see: Empowering women leaders to thrive in their calling”
Women have gifts and talents and call to play their part in the great commission. But the path of leadership development and opportunity isn’t always clearly marked out for women, leaving many isolated and confused, second guessing their calling. This session explores the challenges and opportunities for women leaders in today’s world, offering ways to equip and empower women leaders within the framework of their theological convictions.

Are you a leader? Will you be one in the future? Do you have the ability to influence someone right now? Be a part of the Leadership Conversations with Jo Saxton.


Thursday, 25 July Friday, 26 July
Northside Community Church Morling College
Food stalls available
$92pp all day, includes morning tea and lunch
$42pp afternoon only
6:30pm – 9:00pm 9:30am – 4:00pm all day
2:00pm – 4:00pm afternoon only

For more information, visit





If you would like further details about any of these events, please contact Steve Dixon or Kylie Hood

Advanced Creating Safe Spaces Training

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

Zenos Media - Art in August Family Lego Competition


Zenos Media has launched an initiative running called ‘Art in August’ to encourage churches to think about encouraging creativity in Bible engagement and faith exploration. You can find more information about these initiative here

Host an indigenous art exhibition

There are some exciting opportunities that might be of interest to your church such as the opportunity to host an indigenous art exhibition through Barkly Arts (Tennant Creek). Who have enabled Zenos Media to offer the opportunity for churches or Christian organisations to host an exhibition of indigenous Christian art. Hosting an exhibition is a wonderful way you can both support Christian indigenous artists and provide the opportunity for others to see Biblical themes and stories presented in a beautifully unique way. This year’s exhibition, ‘Easter Show 2019: The Way of the Cross’,  features the work of nine women who are part of the ‘Tennant Creek Mob.’ The exhibition was recently featured in an article by Eternity News. 

The cost of holding an exhibition varies depending on your location and associated shipping costs. If you are interested in holding the exhibition, please fill in the contact form below.

The Big Family Build 

Another opportunity is the Christian building competition to encourage families to work on a shared project while diving into God’s word! We hope that as families construct and plan their creation, they will discuss and discover great truths from the Bible, grow closer together and have fun!  This year’s theme is ‘Genesis: Big Beginnings.’

To enter create a construction made of LEGO® bricks based on a scene, character, theme or passage from the book of Genesis. All creations must be made with at least two members of the same family. This could include combinations such as brother and sister, husband and wife, grandparent and grandchild. This year is an open-age competition, however, the age of the builders will be taken into consideration when judging. Entries close August 25th with winners announced September 7th.

The Big Family Build from Zenos Media on Vimeo.


Public Engagement Resource; Living Well, Dying Well

Consumed-What is the good life?

“For followers of Jesus in Australia today, there are two stories about the ‘good life’ battling for our hearts and minds. Our culture’s story says that happiness comes through the accumulation of more stuff. By contrast, the Christian story invites us to be content in the grace of a loving God and to find purpose and meaning in the service and love of others. Many of us long to be free from our captivity to consumption. But the cultural forces driving us to want more seem so powerful and all-encompassing that it feels complex (or even impossible) to choose a different way.”

The statements above come from a new campaign aimed at helping Christians reflect upon their consumption choices.  This campaign is being delivered by Seed in partnership with Baptist Financial Services, Christian Super, Baptist World Aid, Baptist Care NSW & ACT, McCrindle and the Baptist Association NSW & ACT.  It is a crowd-sourced campaign, providing a place for Christians to have discussions about consumption, take action, and create solutions to problems that they face.  It will explore not only ideas around creation care and exploitation in the supply chain but also how consumption affects our physical and mental health, our relational wellbeing and our financial freedom.  Visit and sign up for the newsletter to receive updates on how you can be involved.  In July, a church pack will be released with resources for your church community.  Please join us in addressing what has become the idol of our age.

What is a good death?

In addition to examining what the “good life” looks like via the Consumed campaign, the Association has released resources aimed at exploring what is a good death.  While our culture tends to want to avoid the topic of death, a good death is one where death is openly discussed and the person dying has some control over what does and does not happen to them at the end-of-life. Our new website,, will be full of resources to help with conversations about end-of-life wishes, information about palliative care, how to write and advanced care directive, resources on coping with grief and supporting those who are grieving. It also hosts a resource produced by the PEG on euthanasia and physician assisted suicide.  Please visit this site and help us explore how we can best support people at the end-of-life.  

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

Introduction to Life 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 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

Wednesday 31st July, 6.30pm

Baptist Ministry Centre Epping.

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


Click here to find out more and register:

BaptistCare - Pastoral Care Volunteer newsletter

This month we invite you to explore our Pastoral Care Volunteer Newsletter.

PCV Newsletter (issue 2 2019)



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.