God and Life in Tasmania

Fresh wind blow, Tas Baptists, Stephen Baxter writes

Changing Landscape

Noticing the Deep Questions

Tas Baptist’s Mission Director, Stephen Baxter, has had some time out to ponder and reflect from a distance. It’s amazing what a trip beyond Tasmania’s shores can do to shift your perspective!

We are well and truly into 2023. Kids are back at school, church programs get underway, and life returns to its familiar rhythm. Jenny and I have just returned from a time in Spain to be with our daughter, Alice, and son-in-law, AJ, on the birth of their daughter, Koa.

Alice, AJ and Koa, Christmas Day 2022
Alice, AJ and Koa, Christmas 2022

Spain, like Australia, is very secular. This got me wondering what God thinks about all these people going about their lives, without giving much thought to the deep and essential questions of life. The question was heightened by the fact that Alice and AJ are in Spain working with others in bring the good news of Jesus to Spaniards.

My thinking has remained with me as I return to Tasmania.

THE CHURCH: From Spain, to Tasmania, to Marrawah!

Last Sunday I was with the Marrawah church as they celebrated their final church service. It was a day of celebration and sadness. As I looked at the pictures of the past, spoke with people, and heard their shared memories, it was clear that over the years God has been at work in special ways.

But times change, and the church as it was, is no longer viable. Marrawah is a little picture of the church in Australia and Spain. It is no longer the centre of our communities like it was. However, that does not mean it is the end of the church. Rather, it is the end of a certain form of church that worked well for a season, and needs to adjust for a changing world.

Because the world keeps changing, the church needs to be constantly renewing itself

Stephen Baxter

God has given everything needed through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. But because the world keeps changing, the church needs to be constantly renewing itself. As Germain theologian Helmut Thielicke put it,

The gospel must be preached afresh and told in new ways to each generation, since every generation has its own unique questions. The gospel must constantly be forwarded to a new address, because the recipient is repeatedly changing his place of address.

Fresh wind, B L O W

On the day of Pentecost God did a new thing and the church was born. Whenever we celebrate that day, it is a reminder of the need for constant renewal. A quick survey of church history reveals just that. The Holy Spirit is at work renewing the church from age to age, enabling and equipping it to be the church of its particular age. May it be so here in Tasmania.

Returning home, this is my prayer for Tasmanian Baptists, and I encourage it to be yours too: that God would blow a fresh movement of the Holy Spirit through us, that we might be vibrant churches with a revitalised theology finely attuned by the Holy Spirit to the changing needs of a changing world.

Let me encourage you to join me in praying this prayer.

Stephen Baxter
Mission Director
Tasmanian Baptists

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    Celebrating Capacity Workshop

    The Bridges Out of Poverty trainer, Nairn Walker presents Celebrating Capacity. A powerful training experience for those working with vulnerable people.

    The two-day workshop will help you see economic inequity differently. It will assist you to understand and identify the capacity people have developed to negotiate life’s challenges. You will explore ways to harness this capacity to co-create with them a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

    • When: 8.30am – 4.30pm, Mon 27th to Tues 28th March, 2023
    • Where: C3 Church Hobart – 64 Anglesea Street Hobart, TAS 7004
    • Cost: $345 (includes morning tea and lunch on both days)
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    Fostering Hope
    Northern Mentoring Officer

    Tasmanian Baptists and Fostering Hope work together to encourage churches to support and care for foster children and their families.

    Fostering Hope has a one-day/week position available in Launceston.

    The primary tasks include: Recruitment of new mentors in Northern Tasmania; Overseeing the screening process for all northern mentors; Facilitating logistics of training days, training will be delivered by the Mentoring Coordinator and the Executive Officer.

    Applications close on 24th February 2023.

    Find out more >

    Northern Mentoring Office, Fostering Hope Tasmania

    Aboriginal Sunday 2023

    In 1938 Aboriginal leader, William Cooper, asked Australian Christian churches to set aside the Sunday before January 26th every year as Aboriginal Sunday. 

    While many would see the controversy around Australia Day as a comparatively new thing, William Cooper and a number of other Aboriginals first met for a day of mourning on January 26th 1938, and it was this event that prompted his call to the churches. 

    This year, on Sunday 22nd January, the three Citywide congregations gathered at the Domain Amphitheatre for an Aboriginal Sunday service led by proud Lia Pootah man, Paul Dare.

    Paul says, “If churches want to take the teaching of Jesus seriously, then they can’t ignore the pain and injustice that Aboriginal people continue to experience, which gets focused at this time of year.

    “Here in Tasmania, in particular, we need to face our past in order that our future can be different.”

    Paul Dare speaking; Citywide gathered at the Domain amphitheater.

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    Marrawah Thanksgiving Service

    Sunday 5th February 2023

    For several years now, the small fellowship who gather at Marrawah Baptist Church have been operating on Sundays on an irregular basis. More recently, most of the congregation have shifted to Smithton, and are now attending the Baptist church there. Now, the membership has decided it is time to permanently close their doors.

    A Thanksgiving Service will be held at Marrawah Baptist to say farewell, and celebrate 65 years of Christian work and mission that has taken place through this fellowship. 

    SUNDAY 5TH FEBRUARY 2023
    10 – 10:45am Pre-service cuppa
    11am Service begins
    A light lunch will follow in the Marrawah Memorial Hall

    Are welcome to share food, stories and memories

    MAP: Marrawah Baptist Church, 826 Comeback Rd, Marrawah TAS 7330

    Rodney Marshall and Michael Henderson (behind camera) recently met with the Marrawah leadership team to plan the best way forward.
    Rodney Marshall and Michael Henderson (behind camera) recently met with the Marrawah leadership team to plan the best way forward.

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    Walk the World Winners!

    Walk the World = Baptist Mission Australia

    Baptists At Our Best

    Congratulations Lifeway Baptist

    Baptist Mission Australia award for praying, walking, driving and time in the garden! 

    Last November, Baptist Churches nationally were encouraged by Baptist Mission Australia to pray for their community, neighbourhood and the world in the Walk the World campaign.

    Lifeway Baptist in Devonport took up the challenge, and their efforts so impressed Baptist Mission Australia, that they won a prize!

    Jenny Mountney of Lifeway Baptist explains what happened.

    Baptist Mission Australia’s November initiative of “Walk the World” and praying over a three-day period really captured the heart of the Lifeway community.

    There were people praying as they drove the streets, walked the streets and undertook activity across the state, country and overseas. The intentional prayer focus was for our community, state, country and intercultural teams, wherever they were.  

    From the youngest in Sunday Tribes, to the most elderly, it is thought over 60% of the community took part. Nothing inspires people more than a challenge – and an amazing purpose – to bring our world to the Lord. We asked for healing and peace, strength and vision.

    Baptist Mission Australia provided prayer guides, and children’s resources and activities. Our insomniacs prayed through their nights. The workers took moments in their day to walk and pray. The bushwalkers marvelled at God’s glory while counting steps and kilometers. 

    Watch Lifeway’s video report

    Excited responses

    It was an amazing weekend filled with hope and joy. Plus, we are excited to receive the award for Australian Baptist Churches Walk the World winners! So many amazing stories came from the initiative, and it is quite surreal that Lifeway Baptist was selected. A huge thank you goes to every person who supported, prayed, walked and rode praying for our world. 

    Teagan Dwyer-Riviere, Communications Manager at Baptist Mission Australia, said “Our team was so blown away by the amazing report you shared about how your whole church community got involved in Walk the World in November last year! It was so encouraging to read of the creative ways people of all ages, abilities and interests engaged in prayer. It sounds like it was a very rich time of prayer and community engagement.”.

    Senior Pastor Nicholas Alexander was ecstatic. “It’s super encouraging for Lifeway, both for the mission’s team who work so hard, and for all of us in our prayer life.”

    We at Lifeway are looking forward to receiving our first prize of a whole of church morning tea and guest speaker from Baptist Mission Australia. Fingers crossed this can take place in May Missions Month! 


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      Aboriginal Sunday 2023

      In 1938 Aboriginal leader, William Cooper, asked Australian Christian churches to set aside the Sunday before January 26th every year as Aboriginal Sunday. 

      While many would see the controversy around Australia Day as a comparatively new thing, William Cooper and a number of other Aboriginals first met for a day of mourning on January 26th 1938, and it was this event that prompted his call to the churches. 

      This year, on Sunday 22nd January, the three Citywide congregations gathered at the Domain Amphitheatre for an Aboriginal Sunday service led by proud Lia Pootah man, Paul Dare.

      Paul says, “If churches want to take the teaching of Jesus seriously, then they can’t ignore the pain and injustice that Aboriginal people continue to experience, which gets focused at this time of year.

      “Here in Tasmania, in particular, we need to face our past in order that our future can be different.”

      Paul Dare speaking; Citywide gathered at the Domain amphitheater.

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      Applications close Sunday 5th February, 2023

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      Marrawah Thanksgiving Service

      Sunday 5th February 2023

      For several years now, the small fellowship who gather at Marrawah Baptist Church have been operating on Sundays on an irregular basis. More recently, most of the congregation have shifted to Smithton, and are now attending the Baptist church there. Now, the membership has decided it is time to permanently close their doors.

      A Thanksgiving Service will be held at Marrawah Baptist to say farewell, and celebrate 65 years of Christian work and mission that has taken place through this fellowship. 

      SUNDAY 5TH FEBRUARY 2023
      10 – 10:45am Pre-service cuppa
      11am Service begins
      A light lunch will follow in the Marrawah Memorial Hall

      Are welcome to share food, stories and memories

      MAP: Marrawah Baptist Church, 826 Comeback Rd, Marrawah TAS 7330

      Rodney Marshall and Michael Henderson (behind camera) recently met with the Marrawah leadership team to plan the best way forward.
      Rodney Marshall and Michael Henderson (behind camera) recently met with the Marrawah leadership team to plan the best way forward.

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      Baptist Churches Christmas Events 2022

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      Your Christmas

      Tasmanian Baptist Christmas Events 2022

      Services and Events

      Table of Contents – Click your region for church activities

        NB: Every effort has been made to list Christmas info about as many Tas Baptist churches as possible. 

        Northern Tasmania

        North: Tasmanian Baptist Christmas Events 2022
        LOCATION
        click name for map
        WHENEVENT
        Beauty Point – “The Point”7pm, Fri 16th DecStephen Atkins Christmas Concert
        5pm, Sun 25th DecChristmas Day Service
        George Town6pm and 7:30pm,
        Wed 14th Dec
        Christmas Parade and Carols George Town community event. The church will run a Christmas Quiz en route.
        10:30am, Sat 17th DecChristmas Carols with The George Town Combined Churches, across the road from Woolworths
        10:30am 25th DecChristmas Day Service
        Launceston – “City”Sat 24th DecThe Drop-In Centre will be in operation at the Red Dove Cafe
        9:30am Sun 25th DecChristmas Gathering Theme: Prince of Peace
        Launceston – “Gateway”10am Sun 18th DecA Christmas Concert and Carols with Stephen Atkins. Morning Tea to follow
        9am Sun 25th DecChristmas Day Service
        Sun 1st JanNo service today
        Longford – “Riverlands”6pm, Sat 17th DecCommunity Carols followed by Supper.
        Free family event
        10am Sun 25th Dec Christmas Day Service
        Newstead5pm Sat 17th Dec Neighbourhood carol singing in the streets of Newstead
        10am Sun 18th Dec Carol singing in the church grounds, followed by a BBQ lunch. BYO Salad to share. Everything else supplied. Giving Tree envelopes supplied for giving to City Mission
        9:30am Sun 25th DecChristmas Day Service
        Christmas offering to Baptist World Aid
        PerthFrom 4:30pm Sat 17th DecCommunity Picnic and BBQ followed by
        Community Carol Service from 7pm
        10am Sun 25th DecChristmas Day Family Service
        Summerhill7:30pm Sun 18th DecBlue Christmas Reflective Time A space for people who struggle at Christmas, and a chance for the God of comfort to meet us in our grief and sadness.
        9:30am Sun 25th DecChristmas Day Service

        Tasmanian Baptist Christmas Events 2022

        Northwest Tasmania

        Northwest: Tasmanian Baptist Christmas Events 2022
        LOCATION
        Click name for map
        WHENEVENT
        Burnie10am Sun 18th DecChurch Christmas Lunch (12pm) after the service – all welcome!
        10am Sun 25th Dec Christmas Day Service
        Devonport – “LifeWay”10am Sun 18th DecFamily Christmas Service led by the children followed by BBQ lunch, homemade donuts and Christmas stalls.
        6pm Sat 24th DecReadings and Carols service led by the Exhale Choir.
        10am Sun 25th Dec Christmas Day Service
        Lower Barrington10am Sun 18th DecCarol Service celebrating the birth of Christ
        10am Sun 25th Dec Christmas Day Service
        Penguin9:30am Sun 25th DecChristmas Day Service A short service so attendees can travel for lunch
        7pm Wed 4th JanCombined Penguin Churches Prayer Monthly meeting at Penguin Uniting, hosted by Baptists in January
        Ulverstone7pm Sat 24th DecChristmas Eve Together
        Sun 25th DecNo service today
        Sun 1st JanNo service today
        WynyardSat 24th DecCarols in the Garden will be in Guttridge Gardens after the street parade on Christmas Eve.
        10:30am Sun 25th DecChristmas Day Service
        Yolla9:30am Sun 25th DecChristmas Day Service

        Southern Tasmania

        South: Tasmanian Baptist Christmas Events 2022
        LOCATION
        Click name for map
        WHENEVENT
        Claremont6:30pm Sat 17th Dec A celebration of the Christmas Story
        In scripture and song
        9:30am Sun 25th DecChristmas Day Service
        Hobart10am Sun 18th DecFeaturing the Empty Christmas Tree. Bring an unwrapped gift for donation to City Mission
        9:30am Sun 25th DecChristmas Day Service, continuing the Great Expectations sermons series
        Lenah Valley – “Citywide”10am Sun 25th Dec Christmas Day Service
        Mornington – “Citywide”10am Sun 18th DecChristmas Carol Service
        5:30pm Sat 24th DecChristmas Eve in the Paddock A family time of carols crafts and games in the paddock behind Citywide
        10am Sun 25th Dec Christmas Day Service

        Read More ReCharge

        Deep Thought Dec 2022 The Change Makers by Melissa Lipsett BWA
        How Did we Do in 2022? From the Mission and Leadership Team
        CROSSOVER Christmas Resources Helping Baptists share Jesus at Christmas
        AROUND THE CHURCHES November 2022 Find out what’s been going on!
        ANNUAL ASSEMBLY Anthea Maynard reports
        FAMINE In the Horn of Africa Be Informed by Baptist World Aid

        NEWS: November 2022 | December 2022

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          UPDATE YOUR DIARY!

          Tas Baptist Dates, 2023

          NB: The dates published in the TB Handbook 2022 have been updated, as below

          DATEEVENT
          10-11 FebruaryNO LIMITS Women’s Conference. See Below
          20 FebruaryPastors and Leaders Muster, Hobart Find Out
          25 MarchTas Baptist Council
          17 AprilEaster Sunday
          5-6 MayMid-Year Assembly, Newstead
          17 JuneTas Baptist Council
          11-13 July Pastors and Leaders Muster, Northwest Find Out
          23 SeptemberTas Baptist Council
          12 SeptemberPastors and Leaders Muster, Launceston Find Out
          20-21 OctoberAnnual Assembly, Riverlands Longford
          18 NovemberTas Baptist Council

          EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH THEOLOGY

          Women’s Symposium

          This symposium is for women who are interested in what the Bible teaches about women.

          HOSTED BY
          Baptist Women of the Pacific
          WHEN?
          10-11 February 2023, Friday evening and all-day Saturday.|
          WHERE?
          Riverlife Baptist Church, 47 Jennifer St, Seventeen Miles Rocks, Qld
          SPEAKERS?
          Dr Christa McKirland; Marg Mowcsko; Rev. Megan Powell du Toit; Rev. Sela Havili
          Find out more about the speakers

          A CAROL OF HOPE IN THE MIDST OF DESPAIR

          I Heard the Bells movie

          Christmas is not always merry. Indeed, the season’s festivities can make some people’s despair feel particularly bitter.

          This was the case for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, one of America’s best-loved poets of the 19th century – and the subject of a new film I Heard the Bells, to be released in select Australian cinemas on 1 December.

          READ more about it > (Eternity News)

          BOOK tickets (Hobart and Launceston): iheardthebellsmovie.com.au

          WATCH the trailer, below.

          STEPHEN ATKINS – CHRISTMAS OUTREACH

          A Christmas Concert

          Beauty Point, Launceston, Smithton, Devonport

          Stephen Atkins Christmas, TB News December 2022

          BETTER WORLD GIFTS

          Baptist World Aid

          Sick and tired of giving trinkets to people who already have everything? Why not give a Better World Gift instead!

          Better World Gifts do much more than meet immediate needs like clean water, food, health and income. They allow people to live with dignity. They can also end poverty, not just for individuals, but for whole communities.

          Better World Gift ideas,
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          These are gifts that give hope.

          Each gift you give supports the community-driven work, run by BWA’s Christian partners.

          It’s about making a bigger, lasting difference by helping individuals and families develop long-term livelihoods, health, education and leadership skills . . . and that’s a big picture!’

          You will help end poverty, thanks to the lasting impact of your Better World Gifts, along with the wonderful work of people on the ground.

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          Visit the Gift Generator HERE > Everything is supplied to help you pick the perfect gift card and make a difference on behalf of your loved one.

          The range includes physical gift items for your friends and family (eg. tote bags, journals, colouring books). As well as gifts to give to communities who need your help (eg. chickens, blankets, emergency shelter)  

          Help is supplied so you can select the perfect gift
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          November/December 2022

          Christmas Events Tasmanian Baptist churches celebrate! (from 14th December)
          Deep Thought Dec 2022 The Change Makers by Melissa Lipsett BWA
          How Did we Do in 2022? From the Mission and Leadership Team
          CROSSOVER Christmas Resources Helping Baptists share Jesus at Christmas
          AROUND THE CHURCHES November 2022 Find out what’s been going on!
          ANNUAL ASSEMBLY Anthea Maynard reports
          FAMINE In the Horn of Africa Be Informed by Baptist World Aid

          NEWS: November 2022

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          Deep Thought December 2022

          Self-help group in Bangladesh; change makers

          Pictured Above: A self-help group meets

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          The Change Makers

          Melissa Lipsett, CEO Baptist World Aid, explains the impact of women empowered to change their world.

          It’s illegal, but 40 per cent of girls in Nepal are married before they turn 18, and seven per cent before they turn 15.  The Nepalese government is hoping to eradicate child marriage by 2030, but is this even possible?  Will this ever change?

          I believe it will. Here’s why

          I recently returned from Kapilvastu in West Nepal. It’s a region that has major development challenges and a general lack of adequate services. For example, there are no toilet facilities or running water in people’s homes. There are few opportunities for people to generate income and, sadly, high levels of gender-based violence and child marriage.

          The challenges are overwhelming, but here’s the thing: communities ARE overcoming them. Baptist World Aid works with local Christian Partners who share our belief in the dignity, value and equality of all people (Gen 1:26-27).

          Our Partners bring the locals together in community groups, and it’s the locals who lead the transformation of their communities. Ninety per cent of these community leaders are women. They’re known as self-help groups, and they’re courageously changing their world.

          Our Partners bring the locals together in community groups, and it’s the locals who lead the transformation of their communities.

          What self-help groups do

          Working as a committee, with elected positions such a chairperson and treasurer, members collaborate to make the changes they want to see in their community. These women showed me how they had depolluted their pond and water source.

          Some of them have started small businesses.  And I heard stories of how they confronted perpetrators of domestic violence as a commanding group of 17! I saw leadership, determination and courage from the same people who were, until recently, considered less than their husbands, brothers and sons.

          "Kumari" Self-help group Nepal, change makers

          Emerging from poverty

          Every one of these women, these “change makers”, has a story. Many were married as children and didn’t have the opportunity to go to school. Quite a few are now mothers, surrounded by little people with constant needs that are hard to meet. In the past they might have given a daughter in marriage to ensure she—and her remaining siblings—would survive.  

          But the gains they’ve made in emerging from poverty means they now say, ‘No more! We will not allow our daughters to suffer as we did’. And they mean it.

          ‘No more! We will not allow our daughters to suffer as we did’.

          As I travelled through the area, it was evident that wherever poverty was effectively diminished, girls were in school.

          One extraordinary facet of these self-help groups is that are made up of traditionally antagonistic social groupings, but there is no infighting. They are too busy changing the world.

          I wonder if what would happen if we were too?

          Melissa Lipsett, CEO BWA

          Melissa Lipsett is the CEO of Baptist World Aid

          More Deep Thought, 2022

          The Sound of Silence by Denise Stephenson
          A Change in Thinking for Changing Times by Laurie Rowston
          Courage to Make a Difference by Mark Wilson
          Just Mercy by Michael Henderson
          On Becoming Wise Elders by Mike Frost


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          How did we do in 2022? From the Mission Leadership Team
          CHRISTMAS IDEAS For Baptists from Crossover
          AROUND THE CHURCHES November 2022
          ANNUAL ASSEMBLY Report by Anthea Maynard
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          How Did We Do in 2022?

          How did we do in 2022?

          Leadership and Growth

          Wins for Tasmanian Baptists

          During 2022, the Mission and Leadership Development Team were very busy, supporting Tasmanian Baptist churches.

          So … how are Tas Baptists going? Read on to find out.

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            Mission Director

            STEPHEN BAXTER

            On the Front Foot

            As I look forward to 2023 it is with great hope and with a deep sense that significant challenging times lie ahead of us. These challenges are reflected in the significant change to the religious landscape of Tasmania over the past 20 years.

            • The latest Census figures show how those nominating as “Christian” has dropped from 69.9% in 2001 to 38.4% in 2021; and over the same period, those nominating as “no religion/secular belief” has risen from 17.2% to 49.9%.
            • In the five years between the 2016 and the 2021 Census, those of “no religion/secular belief” overtook “Christian” as the largest religious grouping.

            This is such a dramatic change, I’m sure I cannot fully appreciate what it means for our mission and ministry. Nevertheless, I’m convinced God has been preparing us for this moment.

            God has been preparing us for this moment. Stephen Baxter
How did We Do in 2022?
            How Tasmanian Baptists are responding

            These changes have not caught us by surprise. More than a decade ago we deliberately embarked on transitioning to become a mission-shaped movement. More recently, our focus has been on building a team of new generation pastoral leaders. Although there is still more to do, we are making significant gains.

            So, where to from here?

            The Tas Baptist Council is currently in the middle of a review. They want to listen to our churches in this moment, and hear from God, to clarify our next steps. It is hoped a report will be ready to present to next year’s Mid-year Assembly in May.

            My encouragement to us all is the words God spoke to Joshua, “be bold and courageous”.

            Given the changing nature of society, complete with some significant economic challenges thrown in, I suspect the years ahead will be quite demanding and tough. Yet, God is with us, and this turns any threat into an opportunity. We are not caught on the backfoot, but are instead progressing with confidence.

            So let us move ahead full of faith, hope and love.

            Stephen Baxter

            Stephen Baxter
            stephen@tasbaptists.org.au


            Mission And Leadership Development

            MICHAEL HENDERSON

            Focus on Joy

            Every year feels big (and small) when thinking about church, community, and leadership.

            It’s like thinking about family. There is no winner. Just the time-period of a year spent sustaining a community, growing leaders, deepening relationships, and dealing with setbacks.

            I find it simultaneously rewarding, and challenging. As well, it is easy to let the setbacks dominate any discussion, because they are the easiest to remember. 

            Which is why at the end of every year I focus on what brought me joy. 

            Tas Baptist Pastors and LEADERS’ Musters

            Courage | Presence | Proximity

            I loved our March get together in Hobart, and our discussions on Courage. They set me up for the year in so many ways. I particularly loved our end reflections, and conversations I had with many, as we mutually encouraged one and other.  

            As the year has gone on, our conversations around Presence (Burnie) and Proximity (Launceston) have felt large. It feels like it is a constant conversation at the moment, where we are calling each other into presence and authenticity.

            We are calling each other into presence and authenticity. Michael Henderson
How did We Do in 2022?

            It brings me joy to spend time with you.

            How we have carried courage, been present, and responded to our calling is something that gives me great hope as we head into 2023.

            Blessings and Grace and Peace to you this Christmas.

            Michael Henderson

            Michael Henderson
            michael@tasbaptists.org.au


            Mission And Leadership Coach

            JENNA BLACKWELL

            God’s Invitation to You

            As I reflect on 2022 …

            There is a deep, quiet, and joyous sense of gratitude in my spirit about our Tasmanian Baptist community and what God is doing among us.

            This year I have had the privilege of noticing an increased sense of team among our pastors, and walking alongside people as they courageously choose to follow God and his ways. I have seen an increase in bravery and vulnerability, understanding of self and of God, and a willingness to listen to and follow the promptings of Holy Spirit.

            There is a stirring that God is doing something fresh, and we get to participate and co-create. No doubt there will be more challenges ahead, but what a privilege this is!

            God is doing something fresh. Jenna Blackwell.
How did We Do in 2022?
            As we turn to 2023 …

            I sense an invitation for us to know God better through the presence of Holy Spirit.

            There is an invitation to find guidance for better ways of engaging. To find guidance to better engage with our communities and those around us with hospitable love and transformational grace.

            I sense courage (bravery + vulnerability) and deep friendships will be integral to leaning into the kingdom of God, with patience and perseverance. I also sense an invitation to lovingly and prophetically speak into younger generations. To pull down the barriers in ourselves and our faith communities as we learn to know God and each other afresh.

            Questions for you to ponder …
            • What is God’s invitation to you for 2023?
            • What does it look like for you to carve out time to dwell in God’s presence?
            • Who are the safe people that you can increase vulnerability with?
            • How can you build relationships with people of different generations?
            Jenna Blackwell

            Jenna Blackwell
            jenna@tasbaptists.org.au


            FIND OUT MORE about the Mission and Leadership Development Team and how they can support you and your Tasmanian Baptist church.


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            November/December 2022

            Christmas Events Tasmanian Baptist churches celebrate! (from 14th December)
            Deep Thought Dec 2022 The Change Makers by Melissa Lipsett BWA
            CROSSOVER Christmas Resources Helping Baptists share Jesus at Christmas
            AROUND THE CHURCHES November 2022 Find out what’s been going on!
            ANNUAL ASSEMBLY Anthea Maynard reports
            FAMINE In the Horn of Africa Be Informed by Baptist World Aid

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            VIDEOS TO WATCH OR SHARE

            1.     Santa vs Jesus – highly recommended

            God is not a Santa in the Sky A short, fun, poetic Christmas video (3m) by Glen Scrivener

            2.     Peace, Hope and Joy at Christmas

            Outreach Christmas video (3m 18s) produced in conjunction with Olive Tree Media


            SERMON/MESSAGE RESOURCES

            Missing Peace?

            This Advent and Christmas series was developed by Crossover. It is adaptable for use in all kinds of churches, highly invitable, and full of the great news about Jesus. 

            Christmas Resources 2022 - Missing Peace from Crossover

            The series title, Missing Peace? is, of course, a two-sided play on words. It calls to all who thirst for peace, and hints at a ‘missing piece’ which is Christ the cornerstone. 

            Resource Includes

            Five message outlines can be used in any order, with each standing alone.

            1. Missing Global Peace
            2. Missing Relational Peace
            3. Missing Personal Peace
            4. Missing Everyday Peace
            5. Finding the Missing Peace

            Easy-to-edit artwork for invitations and promotions

            • High quality themed artwork
            • Customise and edit using Microsoft Office apps
              • Social media posts
              • Postcards
              • Posters
              • PowerPoint slides

            To develop this resource, Crossover partnered with Pastors Miranda Dixon, Jason Hoet and Kerry Davies; and cross-cultural worker, Luke Hutchinson (Baptist Mission Australia).


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            October/November 2022

            Christmas Events Tasmanian Baptist churches celebrate! (from 14th December)
            Deep Thought Dec 2022 The Change Makers by Melissa Lipsett BWA
            How did we do in 2022? From the Mission Leadership Team
            AROUND THE CHURCHES October/November 202
            ANNUAL ASSEMBLY Report by Anthea Maynard
            FAMINE In the Horn of Africa Melissa LipsettCEO Baptist World Aid
            PRISON MINISTRY By Cameron Brett of Prison Fellowship Tasmania
            DEEP THOUGHT The Sound of Silence By Denise Stephenson
            FROM THE MISSION DIRECTOR: Does God Really Care? By Stephen Baxter
            SCHOOLS MINISTRY: Mustard Lives Transformed by Jesus
            CHURCH PROFILE: Newstead Baptist

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