Welcome to the Pastor’s eNews

Hi fellow pastors and leaders, and welcome to the June edition of ENews!

The writer of Hebrews encourages us in Heb 11:1 to

“run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”

It is an exhortation that is always relevant as we seek to serve Jesus and his church in our contexts.  How easy is it for life to get out of perspective when we take our eyes off Him and seek security in other people or things.  On the other hand, what a blessing it is when we live focused on Him and let other things take their relative importance around Him.

We explored and were inspired by this text at our movement’s 150th Celebrations a few weeks ago.  We have quite a story as a movement – 150 years of it – and we energetically celebrated this!  Celebrate150 also proved an opportunity to be challenged by who God is calling us to be in the world in which we live, and the importance of following him into the future.

A big thank you to all who were part of Celebrate150, either in person or online!  Thank you for investing time into each other and our movement.

All the talks from the C150 event are now available freely online at the Association’s website:  https://nswactbaptists.org.au/ .  They are all short talks – around 20 minutes – and include:

  • A powerful reminder about what it means to “remember well” by Tim McBride.
  • A wonderful narrative sermon by Christine Redwood around the power of God’s story
  • A compact and inspiring retelling by Keith Jobberns of our movement’s 150 years – get the broad sweep of it in 20mins (and see how much you might not have known before)!
  • A valuable talk on how the church and Christians are seen in our wider society by Karl Faase (it’s not what you might think!).
  • An encouraging window into what each generation brings to the life of our churches, by Ruth Powell (director of NCLS Research, based on our movement’s latest survey results).
  • Thought-provoking and encouraging exhortations on what it means to be the church together (Beth Jackson) and to be a people of prayer, believing nothing is impossible with God (Kiran Skariah).
  • 2 short talks encouraging us to hear and live God’s call on our lives (by yours truly).

Your church will soon receive a copy of some key resources that were released at Celebrate150.  The Greater Together publication gives a snapshot of who we are and the huge breadth of activities that make up what we partner in as a movement.  It’s an inspiring read of what can be accomplished and why we partner together, as well as a valuable source of information as to resources available.  You can also download an electronic version here: Greater Together

Our snapshot of the ministry of our movement was also released in our 2017 Annual Report.  An electronic version is available here: Annual Report 2017

I trust these resources may be of help to you personally and in your ministry.

Speaking of resources… regularly in these enews editions there is space to share a resource that pastors and leaders have found helpful.  If you have come across something valuable to your ministry and think it would be useful for others to know about please feel free to email me at sbartlett@nswactbaptists.org.au .

May you know God’s ongoing strengthening in your ministry.

Blessings,

Steve

It is Refugee Week!

Refugee week is June 17 through 23 and A Just Cause has produced a number of helpful materials for your church to use.  Could you take some time out during a service in June or July to reflect upon the concerns of refugees in Australia and around the world?

The world continues to face a refugee crisis.  At the end of 2016, over 22 million people had been forced to flee their homeland because of persecution.  This June or July your church can:

  • Spend some time learning about the current refugee crisis via a briefing sheet.  Available at:  https://ajustcause.com.au/refugee/ 
  • Spend some time during a church service reflecting on the topic using the prayer resource.  Available at: https://ajustcause.com.au/refugee/   .  An ideal time to do this would be during or around refugee week, June 17-23.  This year the specific focus is on the Rohingyan people of Myanmar.  They are facing significant persecution in their home country and considerable health and safety risks in the refugee camps they inhabit.
  • Run a series of lessons specifically designed for your primary age Sunday School.  Available at: https://ajustcause.com.au/refugee/.
  • Link face-to-face with a refugee via a “Table Talk”.  The Sydney Alliance has refugees from a Christian background and a non-Christian background able to share their experiences.  For more information on how to host a “Table Talk”, visit https://www.sydneyalliance.org.au/asylum_seekers.
  • Take additional action such as inviting in a guest speaker from A Just Cause, raising money for the Baptist World Aid refugee appeal and advocating to your local MP.  For more information visit https://ajustcause.com.au/refugee/

Thank you for taking the time to consider how you can prayerfully and practically support refugees in Australia and around the world.

Creating Safe Spaces Workshop

There will be a 2 day intensive workshop on Monday 27th August and Monday 10th September.

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Click her to register

Morling Workshop – Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care Extending the mission of the Church

ONE DAY WORKSHOP BY DAVID PETTETT

  • Monday 9 July – 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Morling College – Macquarie Park-Sydney

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Purchase your tickets Here

Volunteer Opportunity – Creating Safe Spaces Administration

Would you like the opportunity to volunteer one day a week in the Baptist Ministry Centre office at Epping to serve our family of churches across NSW & ACT?

Creating Safe Spaces training is becoming increasingly important as the Baptist Association seeks to support our churches in protecting children and vulnerable people from harm.  We also desire to support churches to comply with increasing government obligations in response to the recent Royal Commission recommendations.  In recent years we have seen a substantial increase in the number of people completing our Creating Safe Spaces training.

We would love to welcome a volunteer who could assist with administration tasks including data entry, communication with churches, scanning, printing and postage.

Can you please include in your weekly communication with your church or if you know someone who may be interested please make them aware.

If you are interested in joining our Baptist Ministry Centre team as a volunteer then please express your interest to Jonathan Bradford, Ministry Standards Manager on jbradford@nswactbaptists.org.au

Women2Women – Position Vacant

Do you have a desire to ‘encourage, equip and empower’ women?

Baptist Women to Women is looking for an enthusiastic woman to work as part of a team to promote the organisation. Women2Women aims to help women use their passions and gifts to step out under God’s direction and strength.

Duties: Communicate with women and church leaders, organise events, publicity, manage email communication, write reports.

Skills: good communication skills, competent use of technology.

Position: 6 hrs per week. Ability to work from home. Position for one year.

Remuneration: $25 per hour.

Can you please include in your weekly communication with your church or if you know someone who may be interested please make them aware.

For enquiries or to apply contact Shirley Moore, Director, Ph: 0428 451632 or email: w2w@nswactbaptists.org.au

Baptist Financial Services – Positions Vacant

Baptist Financial Services continue to grow and as part of this growth require 3 positions to be filled. Can you please include in your weekly communication with your church or if you know someone who may be interested please make them aware.

Client Services Officer

Document Administrator

IT Officer

Non-Executive Director – Baptist Care – Position Vacant

Please find link to senior role within Baptist Care.

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Can you please include in your weekly communication with your church or if you know someone who may be interested please make them aware.