Pastors eNews - June 2019

Post-Election Update - Religious Freedom

A week before the Federal election, Heads of Churches wrote an open letter to both the Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the then Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten seeking clarity on their intentions regarding religious freedom in Australia.  Keith Jobberns, National Ministries Director for Australian Baptist Ministries (ABM), signed on behalf of the Baptist movement nationally.

On the eve of the election a response was received from Scott Morrison.  Both the Open Letter and the response of the Prime Minister can be downloaded from the ABM website at We look forward to the government now progressing the commitments made in this letter.

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

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

Postponed: Safe Church Health Check Information Sessions

Due to circumstances outside our control we have had to postpone the 3 Safe Church Health Check information sessions originally planned for August 2019.

We hope to reschedule these information sessions sometime later in 2019.  We apologise for any inconvenience.

Enquiries or questions regarding the planned Safe Church Health Check may be directed to Joseph Lam  

Position Vacant - Special Religious Education (SRE) Facilitator

The Association of Baptist Churches in NSW and ACT is seeking to discern God’s leading for the appointment of a Special Religious Education (SRE) Facilitator.

The role is responsible for overseeing SRE training and support, curriculum authorisation and development and teacher authorisation.

The SRE Facilitator will oversee SRE training and curriculum development for both primary (Godspace) and secondary curriculums. They will provide advice and support to SRE Teachers and Coordinators, local churches, associations and boards, and oversee the authorisation of SRE teachers and curricula used by teachers. The role will include representing the Baptist Association of NSW & ACT on ICCOREIS and the DEC Consultative Committee. Administrative support is available as detailed in the Position Description.

 The successful applicant will possess a deep understanding of and passion for SRE, a growing Christian faith and a sense of call to serve God in this role. They will understand well the delivery, legal and statutory requirements of SRE in NSW. They will possess experience in the oversight and delivery of training, managing projects and project teams, and have proven ability to relate, network and consult positively across diverse churches and denominations. The successful applicant will have a deep commitment to the vision and values of the Baptist Association, training in education/pedagogy, and the ability to travel periodically to deliver training or promote the Godspace curriculum.

 The role is 0.6-0.8 of a full-time equivalent position.  The final FTE will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

 A copy of the Position Description is available on request by contacting Cat Nugent at Interested applicants are invited to submit their CV, along with a covering letter and a statement addressing their suitability for the role based on the Position Description. These should be forwarded to Cat by email.  Questions regarding the role may be directed to Steve Bartlett, Director of Ministries at on 02 9868 9200.

The closing date for applications is Monday 1July 2019.

Volunteers Needed - BYM State Youth Camp

Are you able to encourage a team to invest in the lives of youth and young adults within NSW and ACT? We are hoping to see 35 youth groups and up to 600 youths joining us for SYC in 2019! And we need your help.

SYC is designed so that Youth Pastors & Youth Leaders can spend maximum time with their Youth Groups, and don’t have to concern themselves with the details of duties such as organising Catering, Activities, Workshops, Program etc. that come from organising their own own Youth Camp. In order for this to work we need the support of a team of volunteers.
These volunteers are the lifeblood of SYC and provide the Youth Pastors & Youth Leaders the valuable time they need to strengthen relationships and provide support to their youth group. 

This is where you come in; volunteers come in all ages and stages of life!! 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;

– Kitchen
– Prayer
– Activities
– First Aid
– Security
– Main Tent
– General Operations
– Production
– Village/ Camp Shop
– Set up/pack down

Who in your congregation would be able to volunteer for SYC? Who can you tap on the shoulder and encourage to invest in the next generation of Christians? Without the support of pastors, leaders and congregation members across NSW & ACT this event would not be possible.

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

BYM Revive Youth Nights

We have seen a huge success across BYM’s Revive Youth nights with gatherings occurring across the region in the Hunter, Central Coast, Narrabeen, Western Sydney, Bathurst, Northern Sydney, Southern Sydney areas. Most of these Revive Youth nights have seen over 200 youths gathered to engage with their local church community and hear the gospel message. We have watched every event take on a unique style with all youth groups collaboratively organising activities, bands, food and preaching. Coming together to promote State Youth Camp and encourage a local Kingdom culture.

Please join us in the continued prayer for these regions and the youth and youth ministries that have been involved with Revive Youth nights. That they would experience a lasting culture of discipleship and community within their respective youth ministries, churches and regions.

If you would like further details about any of these events, please contact Kathy Dwyer.
If you would be interested in hosting a Revive Youth night in 2020 for churches in your region, please contact Steve Dixon.

GIA Strategic Mission Day

Do you want to learn more about contemporary, contextual mission? Strategic Mission Day is ideal for pastors and church leaders seeking to understand God’s mission, church planters and evangelists who want to grow in cross-cultural competencies, and pastors who are seeking meaningful professional development. This is a great opportunity to join pastors, church leaders and students engaged in local and cross-cultural mission. Topics include:

– Recent Trends and Issues in Mission Today
– Invitation to the Kingdom
– Mission with Emerging Generations
– Case Study and Discussion Groups

Wednesday 10th July
9:00am- 4:30pm

$30 (includes lunch)

Venue:Baptist Ministry Centre, Epping

To register please email or phone 02 9868 9250

To register please email or phone 02 9868 9250
Please note that this is part of Global Interaction’s Strategic Mission Week!

Advanced Creating Safe Spaces Training

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.  

Crossover Easter Campaign Update and Treasurer’s Info

Crossover would like to say Thank You for your partnership and investment in evangelism through the Crossover Easter Offering. We have created a Thank you Image to pass on our appreciation to your congregation if you took up an offering for Crossover at Easter. You could include it in a bulletin/newsletter, on a power point presentation, or online as you like. You can download it here:


If your Church Treasurer/Administrator is looking for information about what to do with your Offering, please click here to refer to the Treasurer’s Form:

Position Vacant - General Director, Global Interaction

Global Interaction are seeking to discern their General Director. 

Key Details:

  • Hawthorn, VIC
  • Full-time role
  • Accountable to the Board
  • Suitable package will be discussed at interview
  • EOI by 14 June, please

Global Interaction exists to empower communities to develop their own distinctive ways of following Jesus. We work in partnership with Australian Baptist churches, together following Jesus’ call to make ‘disciples of all nations’, with particular focus on least-reached people groups.

The General Director will bring Godly, wise and servant-hearted leadership to Global Interaction as we seek to live out our mission, vision and values.

The person we seek will possess a strong conviction of God’s call to Global Interaction, will provide spiritual leadership and strategic direction to the work and staff of Global Interaction around the globe, and be the team leader (CEO) of our national leadership team in Melbourne.

Key areas of responsibility include:

  • Leadership envisioning
  • Organisational health and growth
  • Team building and oversight
  • Advocacy and spokesperson

Key personal attributes include:

  • in-depth understanding of current missiological practice
  • love for people and a passion for reaching out to the unreached with the Gospel
  • tertiary qualifications in theology or divinity
  • ability to bring clarity of vision, encourage commitment and empower individuals and teams to achieve the vision under God

A role profile may be downloaded from Global Interaction’s website at:

If this opportunity grips your heart and spirit, please submit an expression of interest by June 14 2019, addressing briefly how you believe you can contribute in the key areas of responsibility, together with a short-form CV.

Please send this, or direct any questions you may have, to the search committee chair at:

Morling College Upcoming Events


  1. Healing our Broken Humanity Public Lecture – Tuesday, 18 June at 7.00pm
    Discover how to bring real change and hope to a broken, divided, and dehumanized world. Based on their work with diverse churches, colleges, and other organizations, Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Graham Hill will speak about Christian practices that can bring healing and hope to a broken world.
  2. Transformation Vocation – Work and Faith Conference – 4-5 July
  3. Leadership in a Globalised World Forum Day – Monday, 22 July  |  10am – 4pm
    Church and organisational leaders today live in a globalised world. Our leadership teams are increasingly multi-cultural, and the pastoral and missional opportunities we face are complicated by cultural and ethnic diversity. This forum will allow space for us to explore how our world is changing and what challenges this poses for pastors and Christian leaders.
  4. Hermeneutics and Genesis 1-3 Forum Day – Monday, 29 July  |  9am – 5pm
    Making sense of the Bible for ourselves and others is central to Christian ministry. But it can be surprisingly complex. We need to grapple with big questions about how texts work, how we should interpret them, and how to help others make sense of the Scriptures. These questions are particularly acute when we come to read Genesis 1–3, especially as we consider its implications for issues such as science and the environment, marriage and family, and gender and sexuality. This forum will introduce you to these questions, help you develop a coherent approach to reading and applying these texts (and others) to your life and ministry.

New Releases:
Church Without Borders by Mathew Kuruvilla – Growing a multiethnic community

Reimagining Home by Michael Chu
Understanding, reconciling and engaging with God’s stories together

Positions Vacant - Work at Baptist World Aid

Are you passionate about ending poverty? Wish your career could be your calling? Want a job that means more? At Baptist World Aid we long to see a world where poverty has ended and all people enjoy the fullness of life God intends.

We believe that by living our faith, and loving with action, we can end poverty. Work for Baptist World Aid and use your God-given talents to be love as you serve in the name of Jesus. For a full list of vacancies please click here. We would love to hear from you today!

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

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:

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.