Partners in Christian Mission

June/July 2020

June/July 2020

Tas Baptist News, July 23


Day of Thanks and Prayer

Sunday August 2

Call to Prayer Tasmania, August 2, 2020All Baptist churches across Tasmania are encouraged to devote some time to giving thanks for wise leadership of Tasmania during this pandemic. And also, to pray for the future of our state and nation.

READ MORE about the call to thanksgiving and prayer >>>

No Soft Option - Book Offer

Meditations for Christian Leaders

31-Day Devotional By Ray Hawkins

Retired after 50 years of ministry, Ray wrote this devotional on the Bible's call to ministry. He was in the Churches of Christ Australia and was responsible for establishing two churches, and keeping another alive. Since settling in Beauty Point, he and Mary with son, Craig along with his wife Rachelle and children, began the Point Baptist Church.

No Soft Option will encourage all those in all the various forms of Christian service.

Price includes postage, $15.00.

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Ray frequently writes poetry for the ADVANCE | step by step.
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End COVID for All!

Baptist World Aid Australia special event

An Evening of Prayer and Reflection, Wednesday August 19, 2020.

End COVID for allI am thrilled to announce a special event, an online End COVID For All service, hosted by Baptist World Aid and our Christian partners in the field.

Your church's involvement lets the government and your community know that you're concerned for our global neighbours... and that you want to see Australia reach out and support those who are less equipped to deal with this pandemic. Thank you!

To help you have this discussion with your own church family, download your End COVID For All Toolkit!


The Toolkit has everything you'll need to help you promote the pledge and plan for the End COVID For All prayer and reflection service, and it's useful for everyone - from small groups, to big services.

See you on Wednesday 19 August!

God Bless,
Peter Keegan
Director of Advocacy, Baptist World Aid

Need Help with Hearing/Audio at Your Church?

MicrophoneTahlia Sperling of Hearing Australia has been in touch recently as she is compiling a list of Tasmanian venues with audio induction loops. She was encouraged by our response, as nearly half of Baptist churches are already set up with this equiplenmt to assist the hearing impaired.

Tahlia wrote:

"It is great to see your churches taking initiative as a lot of the time people who are hard of hearing choose not to talk about the fact as they might feel a bit embarrassed it. If any of your churches find they have issues with communication with the hearing impaired or would like some information, we do provide information packs to help with this. We only need a postal address."

If you would like some information sent to you, please contact Tahlia:

David Roffe: Thank you for your service

David Roffe concluded his position as the Northwest Regional Minister with the MLT on June 30, 2020.

Back in April 2015, although "retired" David accepted a call as interim Senior Pastor at Citywide Baptist for six months. This position ended up lasting over two years. Upon completing that task, David commenced as a member of the Mission Leadership Team from August 1, 2017.

David has been a tremendous support and encouragement to me, personally, and to our movement as a whole.

We will have the opportunity to honour and thank David and Joy for their years of service both in Tasmania and further afield at our October Assembly.

Stephen Baxter
Tas Baptists Mission Director

Leadership Conversations

Stephanie OBrienJenna Blackwell is hosting a state-wide Leadership Conversations training opportunity in mid-July. This will be at a central venue, and date yet to be determined.

Online sessions will led by Steph O'Brien, Lead Pastor at Mill City Church in Northeast Minneapolis to unpack the theme of 'Curiosity' and speak into our formation as leaders. Steph will lead two sessions on 'The Power of Curiosity' and 'Developing Cultures of Curiosity', each followed by group discussion.

Contact Jenna - or 0488 330 390 - no later than July 10 to express interest and learn more.

Jit and Jan Yawan - News from Thailand

Jit and Jan YawanGlobal Interaction workers Jit and Jan Yawan have released their latest update.
This includes news from Lanternlight Ministries for the disabled, and how COVID-19 is impacting services.

Jan was originally a member of Hobart Baptist, marrying Jit after serving in Thailand for some years. Their daughter, Anna, lives in Wollongong.

Read Jit and Jan's News >>>

Mission Leadership Summit

When: Tuesday, July 28. 10am-4pm

Where: Riverlands, 159 Wellington Street, Longford

This summit exists to develop mission and discipleship in the Tasmanian local church. The talks and discussions we have gathered reflect this.

  • It is more than inspiration: It is discussing how to make it happen on the group in your local context.
  • That is what we hope you go home with: Ways to create kingdom fruit through your local church.

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To express your interest, please contact Michael Henderson:

Recapturing Wonder Podcast

Tasmanian Baptists Leadership Coordinator Michael Henderson has begun a weekly podcast.

He says it is a podcast about the mess and joys I experienced as I recaptured wonder for my life and God and everything else.

It is a memoir about how I let go of faith, limits and control, and find a world beyond what I had previously experienced, known and even imagined. And began to live a wonder-full life with God.

Check out Michael's podcast HERE >>>

You can email Michael for help with leadership development at your church:

Young Adults Survey - Australian Baptist Youth Ministries

The ABYM taskforce has developed a survey to explore the impact on COVID-19 on young adults in our churches. The survey is intended for church leaders especially and will help the development of helpful bespoke resources for our national Baptist movement. The taskforce would appreciate your support in promoting the survey through your networks.

The taskforce has provided the following the introductory comment:

We have heard stories about the environment surrounding young adults, ranging from 18 to 25 (end Gen Zs), due to COVID-19 and the effect on their engagement with local churches. The ABYM team are seeking to compile some data to link to anecdotes.

This survey is one step forward in bringing clarity to what is happening in the young adult space, together with further follow-up conversations, with the desire to create a helpful, bespoke resource for our Baptist movement across Australia.

To fill in the survey go to:

GIA Strategic Mission Week

The Global Interaction state team would love to invite you to the first ever online Strategic Mission Week.

This five-day course is for anyone keen to explore the 'why' and 'how' of cross-cultural mission alongside passionate students, pastors and mission practitioners.

This is a short course for anyone keen to explore the 'why' and 'how' of contextual mission, both globally and locally. It provides an engaging, challenging and dynamic learning space where stories, interaction and reflection are key. This course is perfect for anyone who wants to understand the mission of God, discern a call for mission or develop skills for ministry.

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