Pastors & Leaders eNews - September 2020

Dear fellow Pastors and Leaders,

Welcome to the September 2020 edition of the Pastors e-News.   Since the last e-News, we have lost some significant leaders within our movement, which include the likes of Vale Dr June Henrich and Marilyn Kime.  Both women served our movement in significant ways and may I encourage you to continue to pray for their families.

Like us, I am sure that you are constantly encouraged by the continued decline of COVID-19 cases being reported.  A new Public Health Order has been released and we understand that there are no further changes to Public Places of Worship and the current restrictions remain in place. On Thursday 1 October 2020, there will be a briefing by the Premiers Office for the Heads of Religious Communities and we will advise further if there are any changes that come out of this. Please keep an eye out for an update and remember to join in the next Q&A for the latest COVID-19 information.

The team at the Ministry Centre remain committed to supporting and serving you as you continue to serve and lead our family of churches across NSW & ACT.  We are greatly encouraged by the creative ways many of you are leading in this unprecedented season.  Just this week, we heard about one of regional pastors who has setup a FM transmitter and trying a drive-in live church service, where family units can park in the church’s carpark and tune-in to the service on their radio. Very creative!

I will leave with you some words from Ephesians that have been an encouragement to me lately and trust that they encourage you also.

Ephesians 4:4-8

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

In Christ’s Service,

Ian Altman 
Acting, Director of Ministries

Annual Assembly - 31st October


You are invited to be part of the 152nd Annual Assembly Meeting to be held on 31 October 2020!

Our Assemblies are a place to reflect on what God is doing in our midst, connect with others in our movement and glimpse how Jesus is leading us in our collective ministry in this world.

We recognise that our 2020 Annual Assembly will look different this year, given the extraordinary circumstances we find ourselves in with COVID-19. However, our hope is that this Assembly will be an opportunity to celebrate the ministry of our movement in 2019, and to look to the future with the affirmation of the next season in our Association’s strategic plan, the ongoing outworking of our Gen1K Vision. It will also ask for your discernment and affirmation of God’s leading for several elected positions, further discuss some significant matters and to keep you up-to-date with important activities.

Because this year has been anything but ordinary and we are doing our best to make sure the Annual Assembly is safely accessible across all our regions. Just this week we launched a new venue in the North West at Tamworth Baptist Church taking us to SIX additional venues!! That way you can get involved with a meeting near you. Find out more here.

It is vital for all voting church representatives to pre-register for one of the locations by Friday 23 October 2020, for catering and to ensure we have adequate seating. It is strongly encouraged for people to register ASAP to guarentee a seat at your preferred venue. Unfortunately we are unable to provide space for non-voting church representatives at the Ministry and Learning Centre, Southern Sydney and Hunter venues. Please register and purchase your lunch (lunch available at Sydney venues only) online here.

WHEN: Saturday 31 October 2020, 9.30am (sign in available from 8:30am) The program will commence at 9:30am with Worship and Prayer. Lunch will be provided following the Assembly for a cost of $15 at the Sydney venues.
Accreditation Service, 3:00pm (Macquarie Park venue only – reserved for family and friends of accreditands. Will also be livestreamed)

Register quick as venues have limited capacity!

  • The main Annual Assembly venue at the Ministry and Learning Centre in Macquarie Park only has SOLD OUT
  • Mayfield Baptist Church, Newcastle only have 36 seats remaining, 
  • Georges River Life Church, Peakhurst only has 32 seats remaining,
  • The Hub Grafton only have 31 seats remaining,
  • Wagga Wagga Baptist Church only have 19 seats remaining, 
  • Dubbo Baptist Church has 83 seats remaining
  • Tamworth Baptist Church has 100 remaining. 

** This information is accurate as at 9:10am 30 September. 

Who is able to attend Assembly?
Everyone who is in fellowship with our churches is invited to come and be part of our Assembly. Please let us know in advance who will be the official voting church representatives from your church and any other attendees from your church who intend to be there. Due to COVID-19, 

The Constitution allows for 2 voting church representatives regardless of affiliated church size, plus an additional voting church representative for each 50 members (or portion of 50 members) after the first 50. This is in additional to any Accredited Ministers or non-Accredited Lead Pastors registering from your church. Church representatives and Alternative Church representatives must register before Friday 23 October 2020 to vote, as per the Constitution. Accredited ministers, non-accredited lead pastors, other members of Assembly and non-voting attendees can continue to register until 31 October 2020.

NOMINATIONS CLOSE on Thursday 17 September 2020 and details of those nominated for election to these positions will be placed on the Association website.

We recognise that during this season, some may feel uncomfortable attending large group gatherings. Our 2020 Annual Assembly will be livestreamed over the internet for those unable to attend an Assembly Venue in person and/or are unable to travel to one of the available locations. Please note, however that this is viewing access only and voting will not be possible.



SYC Internship Coming in 2020! - Application Close Nov 13

This is biiiiig news! 

The State Youth Camp (SYC) Internship is a 1 year program for those who are passionate about youth ministry. It is designed to equip for leadership, invest in your youth ministry and provide opportunities for further growth. The internship is run by Baptist Youth Ministries (BYM) with the State Youth Camp team in partnership with your church.

If there are leaders you are looking to equip, the SYC Internship can facilitate giftings from Pastoral Leadership to Sound Engineering/Video Production. Who can you tap on the shoulder and encourage to apply?



This internship will…



Build Your Understanding of


  • Biblical perspectives and teaching for young people
  • Discipleship and discipleship frameworks
  • Caring for young people
  • Running effective small groups
  • How to write and share your testimony
  • Personal development as a disciple and a leader
  • A biblical approach to leadership and leading others

Provide Opportunity to

  • Have new learning experiences from a variety of Christian leaders about a range of perspectives and topics. This will happen through engagement with Morling College’s IMPACT classes, Building a Discipleship Culture (BDC), BYM State Conference and Tuesday Teaching Days.
  • Explore gifting, abilities, and calling through teaching, reflection and practical serving experience
  • Be mentored and invested in by Christian leaders
  • Engage with Baptist Association Staff, the BYM team and the National Baptist Youth Ministry Network

Invest in the Your Abilities which

  • Allows ideas and convictions to be been reflected on and expanded upon
  • Develops particular ministry/leadership skills
  • Broadens relational links
  • Builds confidence in discipling and leading others
  • Allows time to reflect on personal and spiritual growth while being equipped to continue doing so.

Release You for Ministry through

  • Receiving a certificate of completion for both the SYC internship and Morling College’s IMPACT course
  • Joining the SYC Internship Alumni for future connections and ministry opportunities
  • Potential ongoing volunteer serving opportunities in the SYC Team
  • Optional peer mentoring of future SYC Interns
  • Continuing with BDC post internship



Forming Church Podcast - Launching October 15!

We’re currently creating the Forming Church Podcast to explore what church planting, mission and evangelism could look like in our rapidly changing world. We want to create content that generates learning and conversation around these areas, while resourcing the next generation of planters, urban missionaries and followers of Jesus in contemporary Australian contexts.

The podcast is being produced by the Baptist Union of NSW & ACT in collaboration with Lead by Story, and will be hosted by Will Small and Benj Gould, who currently host Inhabit podcast — a conversation about forming habits to help us follow Jesus.  Along with a round table discussion with Jamie Freeman, Ken Kamau and Pip Miner.

Our first season will see us chat with Steph O’Brien, Brooke Prentis, Steve Bartlett, Mike Frost, Tim Soerens, Joel Cave, Louse Bartlett, Ken Kamau, Dale Stephenson and more.

To find out more and keep up to date find us on Instagram or Facebook.





Bushfire Recovery in the Bega Valley, NSW. God answers prayers and facilitates connection.

God continues to work through churches and individuals in bushfire-affected areas of NSW. One of those areas is the Bega Valley in NSW. Bega Baptist recently worked with local businesses to create and distribute voucher care packs to bushfire-affected residents. These packs not only blessed people who had been affected by the fires but benefitted local businesses in the area as well. The church also arranged for the purchase of high-quality tools that were donated to the Quaama Recovery Centre. The tools and the care packs were very well-received, helping to build relationships and bring some joy to recipients. The church is now working with bushfire recovery specialists in the area to identify additional families in need who are located in rural areas of the Bega Valley such as Bemboka.

A member of Bega Baptist Church has also been busy sorting and arranging over 16 boxes of fabric and quilting material that were donated from a family whose mother had collected fabric from around the world. It can sometimes be difficult to find the right home for donations but God quickly answered prayers and connected Bega Baptist with a quilting group in nearby Cobargo that had lost everything in the fires. The group was delighted to receive the supplies, which were lovingly and carefully packaged by the member from Bega Baptist.

We would like to say a special thank you to the members of Bega Baptist Church who have been supporting people with love and attention since the fires. Thank you also for the donations from our Baptist family that has made this work possible. We pray in expectation that God will continue to provide opportunities for connection, relationships, care and hope.


Register for the next Live Q&A - 7/10

Over the past few months we have developed a healthy rhythm of meeting together as leaders within our movement and sharing updates on the current COVID-19 situation. This time together have been instrumental in sharing stories from across our movement and spending time in prayer with each other. If you have not yet joined in on one of these sessions why not set aside some time and make next wednesday’s session a part of your fortnightly rhythm.

Want to know what the next Live Q&A Sessions will focus on?
We’ve laid out a roadmap for the next few month’s Live Q&A’s. It might be good to bring certain team members in for sessions that are relevant to their roles!

  • Here Comes 2021: How can I exercise agile leadership in my planning for a new year? (23/9)
  • COVID Recuperation: How can I take a proper break before, during or after Christmas and not feel like my ministry will suffer? PLUS – Find out all you need to know about the Annual Assembly (7/10)
  • Have a very COVID Christmas: In what ways can we hold Carols, Christmas services, holiday clubs and other events during current restrictions? What resources are around to help?  (21/10)
  • Building Teams for 2021: How can I re-engage my ministry volunteers and develop leaders for a new normal? (4/11)
  • The blessing of regional engagement: How can I connect and collaborate with others in my area in ways where I am encouraged and can be an encouragement? (18/11)

The feedback we have recieved from Pastors and Leaders as they have engaged with these sessions has been highly encouraging. For many this has been the first time that the reality of Greater Together has hit home.

If you have missed a session or you would like to register, please visit We also record the data we capture each week and this can be viewed here as well.



Vale Reverend Lucas Uhlman and Graham Hoare

Rev Graham Hoare
It is with much sadness that we share the news that Graham Hoare, Pastor at Padstow Baptist Church, sadly passed away on Saturday evening after a battle will ill health. Please see some further details below.

The funeral will be held on:

Date: Thursday 24 September 2020
Time: 12:30pm
Location: Padstow Baptist Church

Numbers at the live funeral will be limited but the memorial service will be livestreamed. Live-stream details can be obtained by contacting Padstow Baptist Church.


Rev Lucas Uhlman
It is with much sadness that we share the news that Rev. Lucas Uhlman passed away after a 12 month battle with cancer. Lucas served as pastor at Bega Baptist Church since 2010 as well as ministering as student pastor from 2008 to 2010. We’re grateful to God for Lucas and for his service to Christ and to those he has blessed through his leadership and ministry in our churches. Our love and prayers go out to Lucas’ wife Rachel, their two young sons and well all those who love Lucas.


We anticipate the funeral service will be live-streamed and face to face by invite only. We will circulate details when they come to hand.


Baptist Insurance Services Update

This update has been provided by Tim Williams the Manager Insurance NSW & ACT, Baptist Insurance Services. Please ensure that you are aware of the potential impact that may face your church if you do not complete the required decleration.


Dear Valued Church Leader.

As we rapidly approach insurance renewal on 30 September, I need to bring a number of important things to your attention.



Insurance Renewal

The insurance renewal invoice and documentation has been mailed out to all churches late last week. If you would like to receive a soft copy of the invoice, please let me know via email at

If you have not received the invoice in the mail by the end of September, please let me know.

Insurance Premium Payment via Instalments

If your church pays the insurance premium in one lump sum, payment is due by 30 October 2020.

If your church usually pays the insurance premium via instalments, you need to be aware of a major change. In past years, the Baptist Association has allowed payment via 3 instalments or by arrangement. Due to the financial impact of COVID-19, the Association is no longer able to provide this service.

The Association has made special arrangements with Baptist Financial Services (BFS) to set up a facility to accept payment by instalments for those churches who do not wish to pay in one lump sum or are unable to pay in one lump sum. Accompanying the insurance renewal invoice is information about the BFS Insurance Premium Credit Facility, an application form and a direct debit request form. All completed application forms will need to be emailed to by 15 October 2020.

Cyber Protection Policy

Another major change from 30 September 2020 is that to enable continued cover under the Cyber Protection Policy, each church must have in place a Business Continuity Plan that includes a Cyber response plan in the event that your system or data is hacked. If your church requires assistance to develop this plan, please let me know.

Insurance Molestation Declaration

Thank you to all those churches that have returned the insurance molestation declaration. For those churches who have yet to complete and return the declaration, just a reminder that this needs to be done by 30 September 2020 at the very latest.

Please note that if the declaration is not completed, should a molestation claim be directed to your church, there will be no cover. All claim and defence costs will be borne by the church.

If your church has a ministry that is separately insured with Baptist Insurance Services, the ministry will also need to complete a separate molestation declaration.

If you require another copy of the declaration or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Personally Owned Equipment Used for Church Ministry

The personally owned equipment of pastoral staff, church members and attendees that is regularly used for ministry purposes and stored on church property is not automatically insured under the church policy, but can be done on request. After insurance renewal on 30 September 2020, there will be new guidelines to insure personally owned equipment.

As previously advised, from 30 September onwards, we can only insure personally owned equipment if it regularly used for church ministry purposes, stored on the church premises around at least 80-90% of the time, and all equipment is itemised on the Personal Equipment Template document.

I apologise for the inconvenience but if we do not receive a Personal Equipment Template document from the church with all personally owned equipment itemised, we will not be able to insure any personally owned equipment and a claim for any personally owned equipment will not be able to be made. This includes any personally owned equipment that is currently insured on the church policy.

Thank you for your time and thank you for all that you do. Please do not hesitate to contact me on or 02 9868 9213 if you have any questions. No question is a silly question.


Tim Williams
Manager Insurance NSW & ACT
Baptist Insurance Services

Creating Safe Spaces (now available online!) and Safe Church Health Check

COVID-19 has had some impacts on how we operate Creating Safe Spaces courses and the implementation of Safe Church Health Check within your church.

In the context of restrictions on meeting in person, the important work of Safe Church training has continued with Creating Safe Spaces workshops being held via Zoom.

Creating Safe Spaces is a valuable tool for improving awareness of Safe Church principles. Topics covered in Creating Safe Spaces include prevention of harm to children, ministering to vulnerable adults, risk management, reporting requirements and legal responsibilities. Anyone in leadership and anyone involved in ministry with children, young people or vulnerable adults should do Creating Safe Spaces every three years. Participants in Creating Safe Spaces complete a self-paced online module, covering important information, before attending a workshop at which that information is explained, discussed and applied. Feedback suggests that the discussion of practical scenarios in the workshop context is particularly helpful.

Due to the importance of the training to our churches, we moved quickly to transition Creating Safe Spaces workshops from in person to the Zoom platform. The enables the crucial discussion aspect to continue, without jeopardising the health of participants or presenters.

A number of presenters have now been trained to present Creating Safe Spaces via Zoom. In addition to addressing Covid related restrictions, the zoom workshops have also provide useful for parents and regional participants. Contact Joseph Lam to arrange a Creating Safe Spaces workshop for your church or arrange for new volunteers to attend a general registration workshop by registering at .

We are very encouraged by the number of churches engaging with the Safe Church Health Check. More than ten churches have already submitted applications and many more are working through their applications. Engagement has been spread across a diverse range of churches in our movement, including suburban, regional, simple, small, large and CALD churches. Some regional ministers have arranged meetings to discuss Safe Church issues and facilitate churches sharing resources and ideas as they address the Safe Church Health Check.

Look out for the second issue of the Safe Church Team newsletter, which will be sent early next week. If your church needs support regarding the Safe Church Health Check please contact our Safe Church Coordinator Katie Watson (


BaptistCare Sunday - November

For many years BaptistCare has asked our churches to set aside time during one Sunday service in November to focus on the work of BaptistCare. It is important we take time to:

  • acknowledge & celebrate God’s provision that enables this work to continue
  • inform and remind ourselves that the services BaptistCare provides are part of Baptist’s shared efforts to ‘love our neighbour as we would love ourselves” and
  • to thank both individuals and churches who partner with us and make this work possible

Whilst BaptistCare employs staff, our volunteers have been an integral part of our ability to assist so many people across NSW & the ACT. In fact, Baptist Homes Trust was established by visionary Baptist women and men who wanted to demonstrate the love of God in practical ways, particularly to those most disadvantaged in society. This reliance on volunteers continues and in conjunction with many partner churches, we see increasing opportunities to demonstrate God’s love in action.

We will make resources available to churches in early October to use for BaptistCare Sunday, including a short video and prayer points. We encourage you to take some time in your Sunday services to share this amazing story with your congregation during November.

Refresh, Reconnect and Reimagine with Kiah Ridge Christian Conference and Camping facility


‘Kiah Ridge’, your Baptist Association’s Conference and Retreat venue would like to extend an invitation to you and your church. We realise that we are in a tough season and would like to offer you some support to help refresh you and your family, provide a space where you and your leadership can reimagine church post Covid and give you an opportunity to reconnect with your community.

With all this pandemic… Is it worth getting away together?

Well, we think so. And not just because we have big rolls of toilet paper and copious amounts of hand soap and sanitiser. It’s also not because we think it’s important for people to doff their pyjamas and Ugg boots and get out of their house.

Whilst those things are true, why we really believe it’s worth getting away together are the same reasons we had before the corona virus was a thing. It’s about supporting churches and ministry organisations to be healthy – relationally healthy.

Coming away together is an opportunity to build new relationships with each other, strengthen existing friendships and networks and overall create stronger and healthier communities. In the context of the local church it’s the opportunity to do all of this connecting with Jesus as individuals and a community; and exploring what it means to Be the Church together.

If you need to be convinced by statistics, then consider a study from a few years back:

  • 1 in 10 make a first faith decision at a camp or conference;
  • 1 in 5 make a re-commitment at a camp or conference;
  • 58% say that camps are important for strengthening their faith;
  • 15 – 29 year olds, a Christian Camp is among the top 5 activities that contribute to coming to faith;
  • 37% said that camps help by giving them time away from general busyness to focus on their relationship with God;
  • 39% said that camps help to foster and build relationships with others in Church.

Kiah Ridge is a CovidSafe registered business, operating within government directives, and also a NARTA Accredited Venue (National Accommodation, Recreation, and Tourism Accreditation Program).

Refresh YOUrself…  –Take a break from the everyday with your family and enjoy the comfortable facilities, recreational activities and peaceful setting. Kiah Ridge has four 2 bedroom lodges equipped with self-catering facilities that make the ideal space for a getaway.

Pastors & Family for $175 per weekend per lodge, self-catered – a saving of over 50%.

Reimagine with YOUR team….
The COVID season has presented an unprecedented disruption to the normality of everyday church life and ministry. Take some time to gather with your team and explore creating a roadmap, new opportunities, or how to rekindle and restart different ministry initiatives.

Bring your church pastoral staff, or your entire leadership team, and take advantage of a unique opportunity to not only reimagine, but also be refreshed for the next part of the adventure before us.

Special Offer#1 – Self-guided Pastor and Leadership Team Retreat utilising the facilities at Kiah Ridge and build your own program around a day retreat. It’s a great opportunity to spend some focused time away from the everyday.

Catering is available from $25 per person including m/tea, lunch and a/tea. Facility use at no charge.

Special Offer #2 – Facilitated 2 Day Pastor and Leadership Team Retreat with overnight accommodation available. Gather your leadership team together with a coach for two days of dreaming, planning and of course refreshment amongst the Kiah Ridge setting. The Association team will work with you and your leadership team to help you unpack the challenges you are facing and support your journey moving into the new normal.

$75 per person for meals, $25 for overnight stay per person.

1 Day facilitation at no charge.

Reconnect with your community – Take the opportunity to reconnect in groups at Kiah Ridge.

One of the difficulties of this season is not being able to meet together in the one space, not being able to gather around a meal, or struggling to run programs and activities in our own spaces. Kiah ridge has developed a special Church Camp environment with multiple gathering spaces, dedicated dining areas and a team that’s keen to continue to overcome the challenges that are before us. With such a flexible venue and team, there’s ample opportunity to reconnect with your faith community in a fun, relaxing and picturesque location – even if it’s just for the day!

Catch up with the Kiah Ridge team to begin working together on your next community building opportunity at or 4683 1111

SRE teacher recruitment campaign- Be there for me.

Currently due to COVID we have a shortfall of teachers in a number of places across our state. Christian SRE is running a public campaign via Facebook and Instagram on behalf of all denominations under the Christian SRE banner. Our SRE team is hoping you as a pastor can help identify people in your congregation who may be considered to teach SRE in schools local to you. If you want further information on this campaign and how you can help raise up more SRE teachers please feel free to contact our SRE team at the Association on 98689239 or check out our website. Or you can check out Christian SRE.

BaptistCare Opens Kitty Doyle Apartments - Five Dock

In September BaptistCare proudly opened its new social and affordable apartments for seniors and single-parent families at its redeveloped community housing site in Five Dock

The 79 brand new one and two-bedroom apartments at BaptistCare Kitty Doyle Apartments provide much-needed housing for seniors and single-parent families on low incomes as part of the NSW Government’s Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF) project. Originally housing 32 bedsit units, the former Kitty Doyle site at Five Dock was transformed into two modern buildings featuring lift access, a BBQ and garden area, and community centre. Tenants have access to a Housing Manager and a suite of support services to enhance their independence and wellbeing.

Lorna, 86, first moved into BaptistCare’s Kitty Doyle housing in 1994. She was 75 when she found herself looking for a home to rent with no savings and only a pension. Lorna had been staying with a family member in the Inner West, but this was no longer tenable and Lorna knew it was time to move on. Lorna made her way into Five Dock on foot and found herself in a real estate office. The agent, heard Lorna’s story and told her to retell that same story to another lady, and passed on the phone number. “Ring her at 5pm and tell her what you’ve told me. Don’t talk too long, she’s very busy.” Lorna was asked to be at BaptistCare’s Kitty Doyle housing complex for seniors on Kings Road in Five Dock that Friday at 8am where she was offered a unit by BaptistCare and helped with the provision of furniture, including a bed. The rest is history. This month Lorna picked up the keys to her brand new apartment and has moved back in. “It’s beautiful here. I’m very grateful. I’ve got the poshest house in Five Dock. I’m being looked after by a group of people who are so kind, good and prepared to listen. I can’t speak highly enough of BaptistCare.”

“All of my childhood I was bought up in a village environment, you knew everyone from two blocks around and you borrowed and shared. That environment is so important to feel that you belong, and I have had that totally with BaptistCare and the tenants who live here too,” she said.

The new apartments were developed and will be managed by BaptistCare, delivering a portfolio of 500 properties across NSW as part of the Government’s SAHF program.

More information about the apartments can be found at

If you have seniors in your church or local community who you believe will be eligible for social or affordable housing at BaptistCare Kitty Doyle Apartments, please contact BaptistCare on 1300 275 227.


Breaking Through- Transforming Lives Through Prayer

Breaking Through is a tool that Crossover has produced to enable churches to engage the all-important link between fervent prayer and effective evangelism. Tailored for use over a ten-week period, the resource kit will help churches build a stronger commitment to prayer for unsaved people and their local community, while also seeking to encourage more intentional and creative missional engagement.

The kit includes your introduction letter, leaders guide, multimedia video, congregational devotional guide, small group studies.

Breaking Through is divided into three phases:

• Church focus: building a stronger commitment to individual and corporate prayer, particularly for unsaved people and the local community.

• Community focus: intentional missional engagement with the local community by actively praying.

• Invitation focus: inviting individuals to respond to the Gospel, prayer ministry.


Click here for all resources and further information.


OurStory - The next iteration of Together Magazine

Earlier this year we launched our new website ‘Our Story’ will build on the work of ‘Together Magazine’ as we share stories of our wider Baptist movement.

We have begun sharing stories from across our movement as we journey towards our goal of becoming 1,000 healthy churches in a generation (2050).  There are stories of church revitalisation and rebirth, growing and expanding during COVID-19, engaging in mission and seeking justice and gathering together through the use of our christian conference centre Kiah Ridge.

We will need your help to tell stories of how Baptist Churches in NSW & ACT are navigating key issues (such as the bushfires and Covid-19), as well as stories from our affiliated groups.

Stories will be published on the OurStory website, and will be shared on social media through our Association Facebook and Instagram along with regular emails (use the sign-up form below to update your email preferences or join our mailing list!) and a free printed magazine to those who subscribe.

Sharing stories is vital so that we can learn from each other, be encouraged to persevere in our ministries, and witness how God is working amongst his Church. We hope that Our Story will be an inspiration for you and your church.

To ensure that we are able to paint a broad picture of what God is doing amongst our churches, the Our Story team needs to hear your stories. If there is something encouraging or inspiring happening within your church, we would love to hear about it and share the story on your behalf. Please feel free to to fill in an OurStory Submission here or contact our Content Creator, Emily Christoforou, any time via email ( – preferably with the following information:

  • The gist of the story (what has happened/what is happening)
  • A quote from yourself about why this story excites you (optional)
  • Contact details for anyone else involved (that I could interview/cross-check with)
  • Any images/video/audio content that goes with the story


Position Vacant: Principal/ CEO - Bedford College


Principal/ CEO
Bedford College

  • Transform for a vibrant future
  • Innovative and nurturing leadership
  • Christian world view

Bedford College is a highly-respected not-for-profit training organisation with an outstanding reputation for educating in a caring Christian, student-centred environment.

Right now an opportunity exists for an innovative and future-facing CEO to take leadership of the next phase of the College’s development. Working with a skills-based board, you will be responsible for executing a strategic plan that seeks to educate for the future, while optimising the strong connection the College holds with the Baptist denomination and agencies.

We are seeking a transformational leader who can demonstrate the application of a Christian world view in the workplace. Your deep experience in the tertiary / VET sectors in education will be complemented by your capacity to lead and deliver change in a complex and highly regulated environment. Key to your success will be your proven ability to innovate, transform and position the College for future growth.


BaptistCare NSW & ACT - Spotlight on Chaplaincy

In our wider Baptist family we have numerous leaders faithfully serving God in a beautiful variety of contexts. Sometimes its good to get a glimpse of what God is doing through them. In BaptistCare we have chaplains sharing the love of Jesus to people in the community in many contexts. This month we are going to meet Jericho Nyatoro, Jericho has been supporting the inmates at Junee Correctional Centre.

To find out more about chaplaincy with BaptistCare and opportunities to be trained or serve, contact Jenny Blok (
Jericho Nyatoro

My name is Jericho Nyatoro I was born in Zimbabwe in January 1963. I started working for BaptistCare in September 2013 as chaplain at Junee Correctional Centre. I have been married to Kulsum for 30 years. We have been blessed with two adult children Rochelle Chiyedza (29) currently working for World Share a Christian NGO as International Projects Coordinator and Patrick Isheanesu (25) is a High school teacher at Wagga Wagga High School.

My country of origin is Zimbabwe. We relocated to Australia from Dallas Texas in January 2013. I spent 10 years studying at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth Texas in the school of Church Music. I have a big passion for music and cutting music out of my life will be a death sentence to me. I did my Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Methodist Dallas Medical Centre. I was on a student visa and had to be studying and I ended with 6 units of CPE after 18 months of residency.

I am a Baptist (PK) preacher’s kid, my father was one of the pioneer Southern Baptist pastors in Zimbabwe. I received the Lord as my personal Saviour at a tender age of 10 years on the 3rd of June 1973. Before Seminary and Chaplaincy, I was into Sales and Marketing, my last role was Marketing manager for a food manufacturing and distribution company in Zimbabwe. I was involved in the music ministry at my church, Central Baptist Church in Harare being responsible for the entire music ministry of the church on a bi vocational basis. I served as Music Minister at Willow Creek Baptist Church Fort Worth Texas for 7 years.

I now live in Wagga Wagga with my family and travel 40 km back and forth Monday to Friday to work at Junee Correctional Centre. My work with inmates involves Pastoral Care to inmates, giving them a non-judgemental listening ear and a shoulder to lean on during their incarceration.