Partners in Christian Mission

April/May 2021

April/May 2021

Tas Baptist NEWS, Apr/May 2021


Mid-Year Assembly: Friday/Saturday 7/8 May 2021

Friday evening and Saturday conference-style gathering for Tasmanian Baptists

Jeff McKinnon

  • Hear about the Tasmanian Baptists' Theme, 2021 >>> Reengage | Reimagine | Realign
  • Read up: New Assembly focus >>>
  • Jeff McKinnon will be the keynote speaker at the Friday night dinner.
    Jeff will speak on: How the grace and victory of God can reshape our imagination of discipleship and mission
  • When: Friday (7pm dinner) and Saturday (9.30am start), May 7 and 8, at
  • Where: Riverlands, 159 Wellington Street, Longford.
  • Register for catering purposes: Email Karen Buckney

Read the article about the new focus at Assembly >>>

What else are you missing out on? Check the Tas Baptists calendar >>>

May Mission Month

For nearly 140 years, Global Interaction - as the Australian Baptist mission - has been sending people to share the Good News with communities who may never hear it otherwise.

Your generosity enables the Global Interaction workers to play their part in God's life-changing mission. Looking ahead, they hope to go deeper and wider in the mission.

Partner in Global Interaction's work, knowing you and your church's investment will make an eternal difference.

Watch the "Who We Are" Animation

May Mission Month Alongside video, 2021

You can find more May Mission Month resources here >>>

Global Interaction Workers Supported by Tasmanian Baptists

Craig and Kim Barnes and Family, Cambodia

The Barnes Family


Andy and Cathie Staunton and Family, Cambodia

Staunton Family


Jan and Jit Yawan, Thailand - Lanternlight Ministries

Jot and Jan Yawan


It is possible there are Global Interaction workers supported by Tasmanian Baptist churches, who are not listed above. If so, please contact

New Crossover Director appointed

Rev. Andrew TurnerAustralian Baptist Ministries (ABM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Andrew Turner, pictured, as the new Crossover Director, starting in May 2021. For the first time ABM has moved to a full-time appointment for this role in acknowledgement of the importance of supporting our churches in this area.

Crossover is a focused ministry of ABM charged with encouraging, equipping and resourcing Baptist Churches for evangelism, church planting and revitalisation.

Andrew will step down from his current role as Church Development Facilitator for Baptist Churches of South Australia (BCSA) to take up the role. Andrew has served BCSA since 2007 and has been a member of the Crossover Taskforce for over 10 years.

National Ministries Director for Australian Baptist Ministries, Rev. Mark Wilson, expressed enthusiasm saying, "Andrew has been a committed, creative and innovative leader in South Australia whose ministry has already been influencing our movement nationally. His passion for Helping Australian Baptists Share Jesus is infectious."

Mark also expressed deep gratitude for the long and very significant contributions of the outgoing Crossover Director, Rev. Keith Jobberns, and Operations Manager Rev. Stan Fetting, into whose combined shoes Andrew will step.

United by Faith Blood Drive

1 April - 31 May 2021
United by Faith

Tasmanian Baptist Blood Donors Needed!

The Red Cross in Tasmania is in urgent need of new blood donors. Tasmanian Baptists are being challenged to form a Lifeblood Team of existing and new donors. Read how LifeWay (Devonport) participated in a similar scheme over Easter HERE >>>

Contact Jeff if you would like to coordinate this. Assistance with promotion is available.

READ MORE in this April/May ADVANCE | step by step

Regional RoundUp >>> Perth; Sassafras; Burnie; Ulverstone; Yolla; Citywide; Claremont; Hobart
Fostering when you Already have Kids >>> By Mary Dickins, Fostering Hope
The VALUES Project >>> 4 FREE videos, all about what Baptists believe

Baptists in Mission Conference, 5-7 July 2021

Online at regional hubs

A collaboration between Crossover Australia and Global Interaction

This conference is about the mission of God, and the mission of God is at the core of our Australian Baptist identity.

Who is it for? Pastors, leadership teams, and emerging leaders

Inaugural Event: EmpowHer Northern Coastal Walk

EmpowHer Coastal Walk North, May 2021

A ministry of Tasmanian Baptist Women, EmpowHer plans to bring women of any age together to support, encourage and network.

The inaugural event is set for a northern adventure!

WHEN: 9:30am Saturday 22nd May 2021 | WHO: All women of any age - ask your friends! | WHERE: Greens Beach to Badger Head
LENGTH: 10.8 km return loop - roughly 3 hours | MEET: Greens Beach Foreshore carpark at 9:30am | FOOD: BYO lunch snacks and drinks
INFO: Mary Baker 0407 335 618; Wendy Marston 0407 675 414; Jenna Blackwell 0488 330 390
ASK YOUR CHURCH! POSTER: Download here >>>

Watch out for details of similar Southern and Northwestern events planned soon.

Engaging Q4 - Rethinking Retirement

A Course for those who are Re-Imagining Life in their retirement years

Engaging Q4

If you're retired or have begun to plan your retirement years our course Engaging Q4 has been designed for you. It's a seven-session online course, designed to help you navigate your way through a range of issues, with a Kingdom of God perspective.

There are two new Engaging Q4 groups planned, one starting on Monday 3 May 10.00am - 11.30am; and the other on Wednesday 5 May 5.00pm - 6.30pm.

Cost: $95 for the entire course, including Participant's Guide.

Find out more >>>

WATCH the introductory video >>>

Stand with Myanmar

From the Australian Pacific Baptist Federation

See some of the devastation, watch the video

As of the weekend of 27/28 March, Myanmar Now, a news portal in Myanmar reports a total of 169 people in 50 towns and cities across the country have been murdered by the Military Junta. They include 14 children, as little as 1-year-old boy.

Besides the killings, there has been an almost 3000 fleeing Karen refugees to Thailand border due to airstrike. Sadly, Thai authorities have forced back over 2,000 Karen refugees who fled Myanmar military air strikes.

Tasmanian Baptists have a large Karen Fellowship in Hobart, and it is good to stand with them in prayer as they grieve the loss and suffering of friends, loved ones and homeland.

Read the full report and find out how to assist >>>

Hospitals to Close in PNG

We need your help!

A message from John Hickey, CEO Baptist World Aid Australia

We've received an urgent call from our nearest neighbours for assistance to keep Baptist hospitals open in rural Papua New Guinea.

Late last month, we received an urgent email from our Baptist partners in Papua New Guinea (BUPNG):

'We don't know where the funding will come through to help our three hospitals, but we will need financial assistance for all PPE for our workers. Our hospitals, Tinsley, Telefomin and Kompain, care for rural people and the virus is spreading so fast. BUPNG is struggling.'

The Baptist-run hospitals do not have enough personal protective equipment (PPE) for their frontline staff and because of this are facing closure.

You can help! READ MORE >>>

New World Vision CEO has a message for Australians

Daniel Wordsworth, CEO World Vision"Every emergency, war, famine since 1995, I've participated in it, either (being) there myself personally, or leading teams there or supervising teams.

"I started during post-9/11 in Afghanistan. I was in East Timor in 1999.

"I was there in Sri Lanka after the tsunami. I was in Northern Uganda during the time of Joseph Kony, when thousands were murdered, abducted and mutilated.

"I was in Sierra Leone during the RUF period (the Revolutionary United Front, a guerilla force responsible for the loss of 50,000 lives and the displacement of approximately two million people)."

These are just some of the remarkable situations that new CEO of World Vision Australia Daniel Wordsworth, pictured above, has endured in the name of serving those in need.


Calvary's Hideous Beauty

Calvary's Hideous Beauty by Ray Hawkins

Easter Poetry By Ray Hawkins

Read it here >>>

KEEP READING ADVANCE | step by step, April/May 2021

BEING US: Midyear Assembly, May 7/8: What to Expect >>>
YOUTH: Where there's a will there's a Youthway! >>>
CHURCH PROFILE Riverlands Christian Community >>>

Study Intensive for Pastors and Others

Understanding the Baptist MovementTime to Register!

WHEN: 10am-3pm on Saturday 22 May, 2021

COST: $20, limited places are available

WHERE: Riverlands, Longford

READING: Challenge to Change, A Radical Agenda for Baptists, Nigel Wright, Kingsway Publication, 1991

REGISTRATIONS: Jeff McKinnon, 0403 310 501


Enter the 2021 Young Australian Christian Writer Award

SparkLit call for entries for Young Australian Christian WriterWriting can go where you can't. Put your words to work for God's glory!

Awards are given for the best unpublished works by writers under 30 years of age.
Entries close 31 May 2021. First prize $2,500.


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It's Time to Care about Aged Care

February 15 marked the launch of the aged care advocacy campaign - 'It's time to care about aged care'.

Over the past two decades, successive governments have failed to act on more than 20 independent reports signalling the need for major reform in aged care.

We cannot allow this to continue.

We all deserve to age in comfort and with dignity, wherever we live. Yet that right is being denied to some 1.3 million Australians who rely on our aged care system. It's time for change. It's time to fight for a world-class, rights-based aged care system that meets the needs of older Australians now and into the future.

This is a landmark campaign for Baptist Care Australia as part of 'The Australian Aged Care Collaboration' formed by the six aged care representative / peak organisations, at an important time for the sector with imminent reform anticipated following the Royal Commission Final Report > Royal Commission Report Executive Summary

Show your support for Aged Care - What you can do:

Keep reading the April/May 2021 ADVANCE | step by step

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