Hi everyone, and welcome to the June edition of Pastors and Leaders eNews!
I’m writing this having just spent a number of days in our Riverina region. It was so encouraging to be able to meet up with pastors and leaders and sense their commitment to Jesus and his mission, their creative capacity, and purposeful resolve to lead well and in godly ways.
Andrew Skewes, our regional minister in the Riverina, shared with pastors & chaplains who gathered for a day of connection and input the NT examples of leaders whose life and leadership was characterised by being ‘full of faith and the Holy Spirit” (Acts 6:5). I pray this may be true of myself and all of us.
Passing of Mike Dennis
Rev Mike Dennis served Baptist Churches across Australia from the mid 1950’s through to his retirement in 2013, including long pastorates at Narwee and Thornleigh Community Baptist Churches, and served as President of the Baptist Union in 2000-2001.
Mike was a superb preacher and pastor, gifted leader and humble servant. He leaves an amazing legacy in the lives of the thousands he ministered to and with, and the many young pastors that he mentored as they trained for and began their ministries.
The Baptist Association of NSW and ACT is deeply thankful for Mike’s decades of service and his remarkable influence on our denomination over this time. We send our love and condolences to his wonderful wife Meg.
The service celebrating his life will be on Friday 30th June at 11 am at Thornleigh Community Baptist Church.
Greater West For Christ Demolition Opportunity
Greater West For Christ are sending a team into the soon to be demolished BaptistCare site at Carlingford to retrieve items that may be used in refurbishing churches. It’s anticipated a variety of items will be recovered. For more information if your church has equipment/fittings needs, contact Peter on 0417 554 047
Church and Pastoral Directory
Over the last several months we have removed online access to the Church and Church leader directory due to information in this document being used to scam churches and leaders.
In response to this we have changed the access process for this document.
We are also in the final stages of installing a new database system which will provide additional capacity for us to provide timely information to pastors and leaders and a greater level of service. In the meantime, could you please review the online information from your church and personal data, and send any required updates to Joseph Lam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To access the latest directory:
- Log In to www.nswactbaptists.org.au
- Goto https://nswactbaptists.org.au/product/church-pastors-directory/
- Use Password: june2017list
- Purchase the free product using the shopping cart process
- Download .zip document after checking out
BMC Staff Directory
As with the church directory, our online staff listing has been offline due to scammers using details provided.
We have also changed the process for accessing this information to reduce scam attempts.
You can access the Staff section of the website only once logged into the main site.
Login here: https://nswactbaptists.org.au/my-account/
View Staff Here: https://nswactbaptists.org.au/who-we-are/staff/
Jesus the Game Changer
Karl Faase and Olive Tree Media released Jesus the Game Changer in 2016 for use in local churches to engage people in conversations about the person of Jesus. Most of us have no idea how revolutionary Jesus was in His day! This series looks at how the life and teaching of Jesus changed the world 2000 years ago and why it still matters for us today.
Topics include the equality of all people, women and children, leadership, education and health, democracy, forgiveness and more.
The Jesus the Game Changer Church Campaign will be run over 6 weeks leading up to Easter in 2018. The campaign will be run so the course will conclude with the topic “Forgiveness” at Easter.
Registration fee of $120 will include:
- One copy of the entire course (ten topics) on DVD, 1 x discussion guide and 1x Book of the Series
- One FREE downloadable sample week.
- Printable, editable, pdf Invitations for personal use and letterbox delivery
- Artwork for social media
- Additional six short videos (5-10 mins each) to be played in services, made especially for the campaign
- Six weeks of sermon suggestions by Karl Faase
- Inspirational ideas on how to make the most of the course from Karl Faase
- Suggestions on how the course can be promoted throughout your community
Extra resources that may be purchased as needed from Olive Tree Media include:
- Extra copies of Jesus the Game Changer (either stream or DVD)
- Banners for your church building
- Extra discussion guides books (Discussion Guides can be accessed via the App for free).
Registrations will open in August. You can join the churches that have already registered their interest in the campaign here: www.jesusthegamechanger.com/campaign and keep your church up to date!
Australia – Hawaii Pastors Exchange Opportunity
In 2016 we began a conversation with the leaders of the Hawaii Baptist Churches. This resulted in visits to each other’s countries to see and understand respective missional objectives, priorities, structures and resources.
From our meetings and discussions, we believe we can learn much from one another. There was a sense of relationship, shared values, and ministry philosophy. There was mutual agreement on partnership opportunities between Associations, Churches, and Pastors as well as opportunities to partner together in the broader Pacific Region. Above all, there was a strong sense that God was drawing the two Associations/Networks together and raising up new opportunities for learning, encouragement and mission.
Although there are numerous possibilities with this partnership we want to begin this partnership by establishing pastor exchanges. We want the focus to be on building relationships and giving Pastors and Leaders opportunities to gain some wider ministry exposure and learning opportunities as well as building new ministry relationships.
We are now collecting applications from Pastors and Churches interested in participating in a Pastors Exchange with Hawaii.
To find out more and complete the application form, please see this link: https://nswactbaptists.org.au/hawaii-australian-partnership/
Applications for this first round of exchanges will close on Friday 14th July.
Faith & Work Seminar
Morling College would like to invite you and your church to attend the Faith and Work Seminar on 8 July 2017. Attached you will find the following for your information and to help you communicate to your church:
- Faith At Work – Media Kit
- Powerpoint slide for churches or other organisations to promote the event
- Web banner for the same
- A flyer on the event
- Link to the video https://vimeo.com/220267932
- The Speaker Information
Following are some key points from Andrew Sloane on the goals of this seminar:
- Encourage and challenge workers to connect Sunday and Monday as they:-
- Recognise and reject false messages
- Reflect on how their Christian identity and character is and should be reflected in their work & relationships
- Reflect on how our common kingdom calling is and should be furthered through the product of their work
- Discern and overcome barriers to that in their hearts and minds, at church, at work
- Ask, what’s next? What can they/ we do to make this happen?
Famine in Africa – Please support BWAA
Please find below resources to help you communicate with your church the very serious need in Africa at the moment. This issue has not got mainstream media attention but it is emerging as the most critical food shortage in Africa for a generation
Could you please mention during your service and pass on information as requested?
Simple Church Network Online Event!
At the end of a great day together at Morling College in March, several people were positive about the idea of repeating that experience more regularly online. Some of you have already begun connecting via video chat to support and encourage one another with very positive results!
Our first online catch-up will be a chance to experiment with this technology as a large group. We’re hoping to have an informal video chat, connecting lounge rooms around the regions. We’ll hear ideas and experiences from various people and break out into discussion groups.
|When:||Monday 20th June 2017|
|Where:||Zoom! We’ll send out a join in link closer to the date|
|Cost:||Free – All welcome!|
Updated Research – Faith and Belief in Australia by McCrindle
In 2011, Olive Tree Media released the Australian Communities Report, carried out by McCrindle Research, to inform the series Towards Belief. While the research was originally completed for the series, it has become a very significant resource for a number of ministries in understanding what the Australian community thinks of Christianity and the Church.
At the end of 2016, several ministry leaders approached Olive Tree Media and McCrindle Research with the desire for this research to be repeated to provide an updated perspective.
This new research, Faith and Belief in Australia: A national study on religion, spirituality and worldview trends, is now completed and has generously been made publically available. The material is downloadable at http://faithandbelief.org.au/
I commend the material to you and for distribution through your networks.
Inspire Church Planters Summit
When: 3-5 August 2017
Where: Kiah Ridge
Contact email@example.com for more information
Children & Family Leaders Retreat
When: 7 -8 August 2017
Where: Kiah Ridge
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Reaching Buddhists for Christ
When: 17 August 2017
Where: Baptist Ministry Centre
Contact email@example.com for more information
Morling College Symposium
When: 21 August 2017
Where: Morling College
This is an important resource day for pastors as we minister and lead in our contemporary context.
We will be seeking to organise billeting for regional pastors and leaders who may want to attend and for whom this may be of assistance. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to register interest in this.