Pastors eNews - September 2018


Welcome to the September 2018 Pastor’s eNews


I trust things are well with you in life and ministry!

In this eNews we are covering some vital issues that need your attention and also launching a key service for your church.


Assembly and Accreditation Service


As a movement we gather for our Assembly and Accreditation service on Saturday 15 September at Padstow Baptist Community Church. Registration is from 8.30am and we kick off at 9.30am, with the accreditation service after lunch. It will also be possible for people from regional areas unable to travel to the Assembly to watch it online (details of the live stream will be sent next week).

At Assembly, we will be spending time in worship and prayer together around the theme “Walking Humbly with our God.”

The main items of discussion will be:

Opting into the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Survivors of Institutional Childhood Sexual Abuse.

Information papers and a link to a video of one of the recent information sessions about ‘Opting In’ are available. Can I encourage you to engage with this important matter. The Assembly Council is strongly encouraging all our churches to enter the Scheme, which will provide a non-litigious, more compassionate way forward for healing and redress for those who have experienced childhood sexual abuse within Baptist contexts.


At Assembly we will also be progressing our discussion around what it means to belong – what affiliation should mean for us – into the future.

Drought Relief Response

Secondly, I wanted to thank all those churches and individuals who have so far contributed to the Drought Relief Response. Financial contributions of over $60K have already been received and I know that some churches are in the middle of running appeals in their local settings so I’m sure that will rise.

Numbers of churches have asked to be linked with rural churches in drought-impacted areas and we are in the midst of seeking to organise to make those connections. Can I encourage your church to continue to respond to this opportunity to show care to those impacted by the drought, and also to take time in your services on Sunday 9th September to pray for the drought situation. 

National Pastoral Health Survey

I also wanted to remind all our pastors about the 3rd wave of the National Pastoral Health Survey. The first 2 waves conducted over the past few years have had reasonable engagement from our pastors but for this 3rd and critical stage we are really asking everyone in pastoral roles across our movement to participate. This will inform the types of support and development we can best offer pastors in the years to come.

Regardless of whether you are in a great place or a hard place in ministry at the moment, or somewhere in between, we need your voice in this. Please watch out for the survey when it comes out in a few weeks time.  

Balance Ministry Services

And finally, you may have heard about a new initiative being launched out of the Association to assist churches – a bookkeeping service tailored to the needs of churches, provided at cost. If your church would like to explore alternative ways of maintaining its financial records and reporting rather than having to do this all in-house, this new service may be of help. 

Thanks for all you do, and I look forward to seeing many of you at Assembly!

You will find additional notices and information below.

FORM – the evangelism and church planting conference

October 19-20, 2018

In cities, towns and communities across NSW and the ACT, people like you are exploring and engaging in God’s mission. Being light in the darkness, bringing hope where there is despair and freedom to the oppressed.

FORM, the evangelism and church planting conference is a perfect opportunity to:

  • Explore and be affirmed in God’s calling
  • Build deeper relationships with others who stand with you shoulder to shoulder on the front line
  • Be equipped with the practical tools and resources you need to see breakthrough in your local context

There will be:

  • Great sessions and practical masterclasses with homegrown and international communicators
  • Coaching available
  • Times of meaningful connection with God in worship and prayer as well as fellow travellers around meals, at the pool and during interactive workshops

I’m looking forward to joining you on October 19 and 20 as we see a thousand healthy churches transforming individuals and culture, in a generation.

To find out more, share this conference or Register go to



Register Now for October
Wednesday 31st October 9 am – 3 pm

Location: Baptist Ministry Centre, 3 Carlingford Road, Epping

Cost: $120 includes lunch, facilitators guide and resources.

Become a trained Spiritual Care Series facilitator and strengthen pastoral care within your church and local community.

The Spiritual Care Series will equip your church to provide quality voluntary pastoral and spiritual care to older and vulnerable Australians. The Series not only will assist in strengthening your pastoral care teams within your church but provide your church with opportunities to partner with BaptistCare in the Pastoral Care Volunteers Program. The PCV Program has 14 teams around NSW/ACT visiting people in their homes and care facilities.

You will become a skilled trainer in the following topics:

  • Understanding the Ageing Journey
  • Spirituality in Ageing
  • Good Communication
  • The power of storytelling
  • Dementia
  • A new home and a new way of life
  • Grief, loss, death and dying
  • Roles, boundaries and self-care

When you facilitate the program you will utilise the quality video content with participants engaged in practical exercises (in pairs/or small group); personal reflection and out of session reading.

This is a great opportunity for your church to see lives in your community transformed by expressing the love of Christ with quality pastoral care practises.

If you are interested in becoming a trained facilitator and would like to register, please visit:

To find out more about the Pastoral Care Volunteer’s Program, please visit:

For questions about this series or partnering with BaptistCare please contact Sue Wilson at or on 0419 201 094.



“Develop Christ-centred coaching to build up Christ-focussed people”

Two Day Intensive
Friday 26th & Saturday 27th October 2018
Baptist Ministry Centre, Epping

If you:

  • want to improve your coaching skills or mindset
  • are an experienced leader or mentor who would like to see the people you serve develop the talents God has given them, or
  • you want to support, encourage and motivate others to complete the tasks God has planned for them

Please join us to continue developing your Christ-centred coaching skillset, which will help you enable, motivate and empower others to transform and unleash their God-given potential.

In this course you will learn how to:

  • Use powerful questions
  • Help others set effective goals
  • Coach others to discover and take responsibility for their own gifts, goals and growth
  • Do problem-solving the coaching way
  • Support and encourage others to look at themselves and their situations in different ways and develop and implement their own solutions
  • See how your own experiences influence your coaching style

More info and register here:
Price: Earlybird $200 (Closes 7th October) Full Price $230

This covers all the training, materials, and a Heartlife online profile, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
This course counts towards Continuing Ministry Development hours.

Please feel free to contact Krystyna at or on 0403978244 if you have any questions.

Morling College – School of Chaplaincy & Spiritual  presents 



Your Presenter: Associate Professor Rosalie Hudson: RN; Dip Arts; B App Sci adv.nsg; B Theol; Grad Dip Geront; M Theol; PhD

Friday 28 September 9:30am-4:30pm Morling College – Macquarie Park, Sydney

Click Here for more information and to register or view a flyer here.

What drives your church’s mission? Crossover eNews July/Aug 18


Our latest PRAC magazine should be with you – with a focus on what to do with NCLS research, how to use NCLS results to shape your mission and some practical examples and tips for local churches. We’ve also posted further articles on our website to help you think more about maximising your church’s data! We’ve also got new blogs!