Hi fellow Pastors!

As I write this last pastoral newsletter in my role as your Director of Ministries may I express my appreciation not only for the support and encouragement I have received but for your grace and understanding as we have sought to transition our Association to become a more missional movement into the 21st Century. It has been a humbling, yet delightful experience to serve our Association firstly as the inaugural Director of MSD and then the inaugural Director of Ministries over these past 10 years. I’m grateful to God for having had such a great team to work with through this transitional period.

As I hand over to Steve and the team I have great confidence in them (and our Association) as they lead us into our next season together. The team will continue to partner and serve our churches and affiliated groups to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ in word, sign and deed. I ask that we pray for Steve and continue to encourage and support him. May he discern God’s leading in his attentiveness to the Spirit. Steve will assume the role from this Monday and his induction take place on Tuesday at Epping Baptist at 10.00am. You are welcome to join with us.

Personally, I’ll be continuing to handover to Steve during the next couple of weeks before taking a short break and then working on some projects for the Association until mid-September. I’m looking forward to returning to pastoral ministry roles and possibly some overseas short-term missions roles, God willing.


Interviews for a new Facilitator of Church Planting have been finalised and we expect to make an announcement regarding this appointment in a few week’s time. It is anticipated that the appointee will commence sometime in September.

Applications have now closed for a Ministry Standards Manager. Interviews will be held over the next few weeks hoping to make an appointment soon.


We are pleased to announce that Rev Stephen Gaut, lead Pastor of Parkes Baptist Church has been appointed as the Regional Minister for the Western Region of NSW. This is a one day a week role for a period of four years.


Based on his reflections on the ministry of the Apostles through the book of Acts, Charles Stone identifies nine things the Apostles do which he suggests demonstrate how they led the church well and that this is a model for today’s church leaders. His suggestions can be found at



A number of Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network (DRCN) training courses are to be held in NSW between July and December. The training dates will be:

  • Sydney – Thu/Fri – 28/29 July
  • Raymond Terrace – Tue/Wed – 16/17 August
  • Casino area – Tue/Wed – 13/14 September
  • Griffith – Tue/Wed – 18/19 October
  • Queanbeyan – Tue/Wed – 01/02 November

These two-day training courses are open to ministers 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.

If you choose to apply, you will need you to have the Association fill out a nomination form to support your application. The following link https://www.dropbox.com/sh/67zze1fdp3kcit3/AADSMgwMMS09t9DzT1tKjGfIa?dl=0

connects to a dropbox with forms which include:

  1. Information on the process of application
  2. Information about DRCN and its work
  3. An application form (for the applicant to fill out and return to us)
  4. A nomination form which will need to be signed by Rev Dr Viv Grice, our Associate Director -Pastoral Development who will send the form in.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Rev Dr Stephen Robinson, Coordinator – NSW Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network, by email (DRCN@nat.uca.org.au).

Inspire 4-6 Aug, Kiah Ridge Christian Conference Centre

This year at Inspire we will lean into ‘Discipling, pioneering and multiplying like Jesus’. Steve Bartlett will share with us on what it means to Pioneer like Jesus. Andrew Palmer will share on the Call to Disciplemaking. We will be conversing on Prayer, Discernment and Spiritual protection in Pioneering Ministry.
Register online https://nswactbaptists.org.au/event/inspire-church-planters-summit/

Neos 4-6 Oct The Entrance Baptist Church

There is no doubt that ministry as a Christian pastoral leader or chaplain is demanding and costly. That has always been the case (2 Corinthians 11:16 – 30). Yet we can too easily focus in on the difficulties and overlook the joy and privilege that of such service. Neos this year will help us focus on the privilege and blessings of Christian pastoral ministry. It will refresh a vision of ministry that invites us to receive “joy” rather than just counteract difficulties.” It will point us to the truth found in verses such as Rom 14:17.
Register online https://nswactbaptists.org.au/event/neos-2016/


I encourage all married pastors to continually be investing in their marriage relationships. Kiama Baptist Church is hosting a conference, SURVIVOR KIAMA – COUPLE SKILLS TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE on November 5-6. This is for couples who want their marriage relationships to not only survive today’s challenges but to continue to grow and thrive. From newly-wed couples through to long married, this conference is for all married couples, including ministry couples, who want to continue to invest in their relationships. You are invited to book early and invite other couples to join you.

As part of this conference you will:

  • Hear: A range of relationship specialists sharing latest research and practical tips.
  • Participate: In workshops on a range of topics including social media, rediscovering sex, nurturing our relationship, communication techniques that build growth and intimacy through to surviving differences and managing conflict.
  • Enjoy: Quality time with your spouse.
  • Relax: On sparkling beaches, bush walks or in local coffee shops.
  • Build: Friendships with other couples who value their relationship.

Full Conference details including all keynotes, workshops, conference packages and how to register for the conference, are now available on the Better Marriages Australia website at www.bettermarriages.org.au or download the information flyer

Register before August 31 to receive a special Early Bird rate.

If you also have an article or link that you would like to share with your colleagues in ministry, please pass it on to Steve Bartlett (sbartlett@nswactbaptists.org.au) that he can include it in further newsletters.

Creating Safe Spaces Intensive

This intensive course for Pastors, Coordinators and Safety Teams will  runs over two Mondays DAY 1 – 15 AUG 2016 DAY 2 – 29 AUG 2016 with online tickets available for regional attendees and for when ONSITE tickets have been sold.

This is the Advanced Program that  builds on the Awareness Workshop of the Creating Safe Spaces program. This 2 day intensive delves deeper into the complex arena of Safe Ministry across many and varied contexts.

Topics include:

  • Boundaries, Misconduct, Abuse and Conflict
  • Responding to Misconduct and/or Abuse Allegations and Conflict
  • Child Protection
  • Safe Ministry with Known Sex Offenders
  • Caring for Survivors of Abuse
  • And implementation of best practice in your ministry context.

Contact Judy Henderson at the Baptist Association if you have any questions: jhenderson@nswactbaptists.org.au


Note: Modules 1 to 4 ‘Creating Safe Spaces’ will also need to be completed at a local church location that is conducting the seminar prior to registering for this Intensive.

NSW & ACT Baptists – Mobile App

The association now has an app that allows users to have many aspects of the association accessible from their mobile device. See below for links to the relevant App stores.

Click Here for Apple                                   Click Here for Google Play

National Church Life Survey

If you have not ordered your NCLS participation pack and forms please order these ASAP. If you would like to order or find out more about this important initiative please click here. See video below for a summary:

Ken Clendinning – Director of Ministries – kclendinning@nswactbaptists.org.au