Pastors eNews - October 2019

Steve Bartlett
Director of Ministries

BYM State Youth Camp - 4 days, 32 churches, 460 young people impacted

State Youth Camp 2019 was an incredible time of fellowship, fun, worship, teaching and seeking after God. Throughout the camp we saw 30 youth groups connecting together for activities, prayer and growing relationships as they camped together in tribes. Some key highlights include the main tent sessions where teaching from Emma Pendleton (Thornleigh) and Matt Willis (Gymea) unpacked our theme of Enough? by examining passages of scripture to help provide insight into questions including;

Am I enough?
Was what Jesus did on the cross enough?
When am I the voice of enough?
When do I say enough to the things holding me back from a changed and transformed life in Jesus?

The teaching, prayer and worship led to many young people making first time commitments and many going deeper in their relationship with God.  We are so grateful for the 50 volunteers who gave of their time and energy to volunteer in various ways to serve, along with all the partner organisations who visited camp to lead workshops or serve in our village space. In the coming months we will share more camp highlights and exciting news about SYC2020 where we will celebrate 6 years of SYC and see even more youth groups attend from our NSW/ACT Churches.

Please continue to pray for all the young people who attended, and for their leaders who are discipling them in their regular youth group/church expressions.

If you would like to get involved in this event new year, please contact Sarah Alarcon

FORM - 18 to 19th October

This weekend over 160 people will gather for FORM conference. This conference aims for make the Baptist Churches of NSW & ACT’s goal of 1000 healthy churches in a generation accessible to all. Please be in prayer for all who are attending and be encouraged that out of this time together the seeds of church planting, missional living and confident evangelism will be planted.

Safe Church Health Check Information Sessions - November

The Safe Church Health Check has been developed to assist local churches to promote a culture that reflects the love of Christ, protects individuals from harm, and fosters missional engagement with their local community.

The recent Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommended ten Child Safe Standards and the NSW Office of Children’s Guardian has recently announced that compliance with the Child Safe Standards will soon become mandatory for all organisations working with children and young people in NSW. The Safe Church Health Check is a comprehensive review tool which will assess your church’s safe church practices against the Child Safe Standards.

Baptist Insurance Services have advised that their insured constituents will need to declare that they have appropriate safe church policy and procedures in place in order to have continuing public liability insurance coverage for sexual abuse claims for incidents occurring after September 2020. Baptist Insurance Services strongly encourages each church to participate in the Safe Church Health Check as it will assist your church to have confidence in making the required declaration.

To help explain this important initiative and what it means for your local church congregation, we will be hosting the following three information sessions:




Each of these sessions will be live streamed to allow those outside of Sydney to participate.

We strongly encourage your church leadership to nominate your pastor, church administrator or your safe church team leader to attend to ensure your church is fully informed.
To attend these free information sessions, or to access the livestream, please register by clicking on a location below

Macquarie Park

hereIf you have any questions about the Safe Church Health Check please contact: Katie Watson | Safe Church Coordinator on 9868 9212

Consumed - Run a Creative Conversation before the Christmas Holidays!

As you may be aware, the Baptist Association embarked on a campaign around consumerism earlier in the year.  This campaign, called Consumed, aims to be a bit of a checkpoint for people – to challenge current thinking around how we consume and ask, what if it didn’t have to be this way?  What is God saying to us in all of this?

One of the resources made available through this campaign is a Creative Conversation Guide.  This guide gives you all the information and direction you need to run an hour-long facilitated conversation around consumerism.  Together, participants think through a) some of the problems that consumerism creates for people and our world and b) God’s intentions for people and this world.  They then brainstorm some potential solutions to get from a to b.  The conversations are fun and easy to run and a great idea for youth groups, Bible Studies, and/or community activities.  Why not run one of these conversations before the end of December, especially as people are being bombarded by advertisements to buy more stuff?

The ideas that people generate through these conversations can then be entered online through ourcrowd-sourcing platform where they can be refined and voted on before November 30.  The best ideas will go through a design lab process in February to further test and develop them.  We would love for a group in your church to take part!  You don’t need to submit your ideas onto the platform as the conversations can run as stand-alone activities.

There are a ton of other resources available through the consumed website including a church pack and research report by McCrindle on the state of consumerism in Australia.

We would love for you to join us on this journey as we align our consumption choices with God’s story.

Needed - Pastoral Supervisors


The Baptist Association has mandated that newly accredited pastors must engage with an approved Pastoral Supervisor at least 6 times a year for the first three years after their accreditation. Our hope is that pastoral supervision amongst our pastors will become a normal part of our leadership development beyond this. So, we are looking to develop an approved list of trusted, trained and experienced professional supervisors from amongst our pastors.

Becoming a pastoral supervisor is a great leadership development opportunity for an experienced pastor (with a minimum of 3 years experience). It is an opportunity to engage in further training (by completing a Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision) and sow in to the lives and ministries of younger leaders. Those engaging with pastoral supervisors are aware that supervisors will most likely charge for their time.

If you are at all interested in pursuing this, follow this link to our application page where qualifications and requirements are explained in more detail. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Grae McWhirter (Team Leader – Leadership Development).


Affiliation, Baptist Values and Same Sex Marriage Discussion Forums

There was a recent email sent from The Taskforce which can be viewed here. Forums will be commencing in November and In keeping with the Terms of Reference the Taskforce will organise forums in the following regions:

  • Sydney South– November 2, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm at Carlton-Kogarah Baptist Church
  • Hunter– November 16, 9:00 am- 12:00 pm at Warners Bay Baptist Church
  • Illawarra/Shoalhaven – November 16, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm at Berry Community Baptist Church
  • Sydney North – TBC
  • Sydney West– TBC
  • Canberra – TBC
  • Riverina – TBC
  • Central West NSW – TBC
  • Central Coast – TBC
  • Northern Rivers/Northern Tablelands – TBC
  • North Coast/Mid North Coast – TBC

These forums are for people who are in fellowship with one of our churches or church plants and the Taskforce reserves the right to confirm this is the case. Information about dates, times and venues will be circulated as soon as it becomes available and those wishing to participate are encouraged to register at –  simply click on the ‘buy now’ button but rest assured that registration is free!

Please note that any written submissions to The Taskforce need to be submitted by Friday 14th February 2020

Anyone wishing to provide feedback about the process is welcome to do so by emailing All feedback will be kept confidential.

BaptistCare - Pastoral Carers Train the Trainers course

Who in your church could benefit from becoming a trained Spiritual Care Series facilitator for your church? This series will equip people in your church to provide quality pastoral and spiritual care to older and vulnerable Australians.

Some of the topics you will facilitate include:

  1. Good communication
  2. Grief, loss, death and dying
  3. Roles, boundaries and self-care

This series is affordable, easy to facilitate through quality vide content with practical skills based training. This series will strenghthen pastoral care in your church as well as train people to become volunteers in your local community with opportunities to partner with BaptistCare’s Pastoral Care Volunteer Program. Morning tea and lunch is included in the price of registration. *This training is only available to those in Baptist Church ministries and BaptistCare’s Volunteer Program. Please contact Sue if you are not currently in ministry through a Baptist Church or Baptist Care Volunteer Program


Date and Time:
Thursday 31st October

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Narwee Baptist Church

Before the event:

If there are individuals your would like to send to this training, please send a Pastoral Reference recommending
them for participation in this course to Sue Wilson at

Register by clicking here


Baptist World Aid Australia - Bring hope to families in Uganda

This year we encourage you to engage with Baptist World Aid Australia’s Be Hope Christmas Appeal.  This is an incredible opportunity to celebrating the hope we have in Jesus and help your church express that hope in tangible, world-changing ways. Please see John Hickey’s message below regarding BWAA’s Be Hope Christmas Appeal.

Christmas 2019 is nearly upon us!

During this special time of year, the heart of Baptist World Aid is to help your church family focus on that very hope which unites us all… and provide you with tools that will help you equip them to be a blessing to others.


This year, I’m excited to announce that your generous Christmas offering will go straight to projects supporting families in Uganda… to bless them with the gift of new livelihoods and enough food to eat. And give them the incredible gift of hope.

Your generosity will bless precious families like Michael’s and Immaculate’s… who have lived in poverty since their village was attacked by violent extremists in 2003, and who now struggle to provide for three children of their own. Theirs is a powerful story of hope in dark places.


Watch it now!


Even in the darkest of times, Michael and Immaculate’s faith in God held strong. I’m sure you’ll agree that this is a wonderful story about a truly special family – their trust in God is so inspiring!
If you have any further questions about your Be Hope Christmas Appeal, please feel free to call one of our friendly team on 1300 789 991 or email


Yours in Christ,

John Hickey
CEO, Baptist World Aid Australia


Foundations for Coaching Intensive

Have you ever thought about 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 2 day training course provides many immediate and ongoing opportunities to engage with the principles and practices of coaching through discussion and peer practice. It builds on the foundations for healthy coaching and mentoring discussed in the Introduction seminar, reintroduces the GROW coaching model, and gives attendees opportunities to develop and hone their coaching skills through practice. Attendees will develop intuitive listening skills, learn how to ask powerful questions, and practice helping others convert ideas to actions.

An essential component of this training includes a HeartLife profile. HeartLife gives insight into why we behave the way we do and provides opportunity to journey with God and others for continual growth and lasting transformation. This will need to be completed online between the training days

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

Friday 25 Oct – Saturday, 26 October 2019

Ground floor of Morling Residential College (MRC)
Saunders Cl, Macquarie Park

$40 per person, group discount applies and it can form part of Continuing Ministry Development.

You must have completed Introduction to Coaching prior to attending this course.

Click here to find out more and register here

Positions Vacant - BaptistCare, Morling College, Baptist World Aid, Baptist Association


The Baptist Association is a movement of 350 local churches passionately committed to a common cause; to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ in word, deed and sign together.

If this is your passion check out the jobs below:

Baptist Association Postions

Baptist Church Positions



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.

Baptist World Aid is a Christian aid and development agency. The head office is located in North Ryde, Sydney. 

There are several positions currently vacant including:

  • Finance & Donations Coordinator – Part-time & Full-time opportunities
  • International Project Officer – Dhaka Office
  • Team Leader – Campaigns
  • Supporter Engagement Manager
  • Marketing & Communications Manager
  • Supporter Engagement Officer – Casual

Find out more or apply here




Morling is a bible college that will challenge, stretch and equip you, offering cutting-edge training in the areas of the Bible, Ministry, Theology, Evangelism, Mission, Education, Counseling, Chaplaincy and Leadership development. Become a part of the fabric that provides this rich learning opportunity.

Positions vacant include:

  • Assistant Accountant
  • Associate Dean of Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care
  • Personal Assistant to the Principal
  • Senior Residential Advisor
  • MALC Concierge
  • Future Student Advisor

Find out more or apply here



BaptistCare is a leading not-for-profit Christian based care organisation that has been serving the aged and people living with disadvantage for 75 years. It support thousands of people across NSW and the ACT through more than 160 facilities and programs.

There are a broad range of careers at BaptistCare, some of the positions available include:


  • Administration Assistant at Macquarie Park
  • Care Service Employees at Point Claire 
  • Registered Nurse at Various Locations 

Find out more or apply here