Reap the Rewards of Transition

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Facing the Future – WELL!

Transition is never simple – but there is always a silver lining

By Jenny Baxter, State Director, EmpowHer

Oh yes! 2024 has really, truly begun.

Children have returned to school, or perhaps just begun. Uni and TAFE students are on the verge of new semesters. The city traffic around the state is at its max for the year. And here we are, ramping up for another twirly dance around our glorious sun.

What does your year look like? Is it a case of the “Same Ol’, Same Ol’”? Or, are you switching to something else? Perhaps you really want to switch, and it isn’t happening because you are stuck in the Same Ol’!

If you are anything like me, you may feel as though your year has begun without any sort of familiarity. We have put our house on the market – but have no idea if or when we will move. I have finished my job – but have not yet begun the next thing. Our daughter and family came to visit a few weeks back – but until recently we had no idea how long they would be staying.

So, we have a full-on mix of excitement, noise, house inspections, constant meal prep, and lots and lots of cuddles! Crazy? Yes. Lovely? Also, yes! Transitioning? Absolutely.

Recover your life

I always feel better when I remember I am not at my best when in transition. It can be so unsettling.  Transition throws me sideways in unexpected ways. The “new normal” is not yet apparent. It takes work to remember that until I find an even keel, I need to be kind to myself, and cut myself some slack. Yes, things will level up again.

Over the years I have discovered there is gold within the tricky trials of transition. This liminal moment is an amazing opportunity to grow. I am beyond the usual flow of life. Situations come where it is essential to think outside the box. Unexpected and unprecedented problems beg to be solved. Learning curves are often steep, steep, steep.

There is gold to be found in the tricky trials of transition

Do you recognise the pattern? This is the growing and maturing process, common to every person on the planet. Whether learning to walk, to relate to others, or to solve complex problems, what I learn today will help me in my tomorrows.

This is Jesus’ encouragement to me (and to you too), as he says, “Take heart, dear one! I promise to be with you in your ups and downs. Keep company with me to live freely and lightly.”

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)

Managing transition

Here are some ideas to face your future, and thrive, through transition . . .

  • Get enough rest. Sleeping well helps you stay sharp. Here are a few strategies to help regularly get those 8-hours:
    Breathe. I know – so simple, who would have thought? Long, slow, deep breathing does wonders. Try this: Get yourself comfortable, then . . . Breathe in through your nose for a count of five. Hold for five. Breathe out through your mouth for eight. Repeat five times. That’s it! You will soon be out to it.
    Listen. Sometimes your mind is so active you need a bit more help. There are many sleep podcasts on Spotify and Youtube. Search around. Find some earbuds and find a favourite.
  • Keep up your exercise regimen. Exercise is more important than ever to get through these unpredictable days. There are many free apps to help you with daily exercise discipline. From gentle to vigorous, see what works for you.
  • Prayer and Bible study. These daily disciplines can be short, but incredibly valuable to keep priorities in the right place. There are free study plans on the YouVersion Bible App, and Lectio 365 has encouraging daily reflections and prayers. There are many others.
  • Ask for help. While this can be really hard, there is no shame in off-loading to a safe and trusted friend, family member, mentor or coach. Work with others to share the load, the kids, the laundry, and the nightmare! I know a do-it-by-myself girl, who was too proud to “suck it up” and ask for support. She toughed out incredibly difficult circumstances on her own. Sadly, she reaped consequences decades later, finding herself alone and physically broken. Learn from her mistakes.

Look for the GOLD

You know what they say: “Short term pain. Long term gain.” This is the essence of transtion. In reality, facing the future like this is a gift. Even if it is uncomfortable, good things will come. So stick at it, look for the gold, and know that one day not only will the “new normal” be the “Same Ol'” – you will have grown and matured as well!

Jenny Baxter

Jenny Baxter is the State Director for EmpowHer, Tasmanian Baptists’ women’s ministry arm. During Covid she experienced burnout, and learnt that stopping for a bit to take a breather is probably a good idea. Jenny and her husband Stephen live in Hobart, and enjoy a walk on the beach together most days.

Need help? Contact Jenny to find a good mentor to talk through your transition:

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    Women’s Event On the Way

    After the success of the EmpowHer Day of Courage last November, the organising team are praying about what to do next, because clearly, women want to gather!

    At this stage we are thinking there will be a similar event in early 2025.

    Stay tuned for more details to follow.

    A REQUEST: To create another special day like this, it will be necessary to grow the statewide team. Pleace get in touch to express your interest:

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    Perhaps transition a feature of your life right now? Facing the future “well” is for the brave-hearted!

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    Join the Women Leaders Network

    The concept of the WLN began with a whisper from God to Karen Wilson four years ago. Karen is the Vice President International Ministries – Global Leadership Network; CEO – Global Leadership Network Australia and New Zealand; and the International President of Baptist Women’s World Alliance.

    God gave a clear and compelling vision for women in leadership.  The vision was of women who are generals, standing alongside one another right around the coasts of every country of the world.

    Karen says, “I believe God said that they are waiting for His Spirit to come to their land and are protecting those who are behind them. They are all magnificently tall, strong, brave, and united! Dressed and ready in the full armour of God, ready for what He needs them to do. These women stand together as a global army”.  A local artist captured her vision in a beautiful artwork (below). 

    The Tasmanian Women Leader’s Network will launch in two areas in the coming months.  The north will be led by Amanda Towns, and the south by Jenny Baxter.

    Together, we will join in conversations of hope and encouragement, and seek God about the positioning of our Tasmania Networks.

    If you have not already indicated your interest, you are welcome sign up by scanning the QR code.


    Karen Wilson Sees Differently

    Rev. Karen Wilson, guest speaker at last November’s Day of Courage spoke at Hobart Baptist Church.


    To Obey or, maybe, Disobey?

    You can so easily limit your capacity

    Did you hear of the lady-of-the-manor in old England? She was ordered bedrest by her family doctor to recover from an ailment. Straightaway, she began organising her household from her bedroom. Years later, a new doctor came to town, and when doing the rounds to visit his patients came across the bedridden woman. When she explained why she was still in bed, he said, “Get up woman! You are perfectly well!”

    We can all be guilty of a little too much obedience at times. Especially when to comes to doing what an authority says. And really, there’s no doubt you need to take care, especially if being given doctor’s orders. But it’s so easy to misinterpret what is intended to be a temporary instruction.

    It’s a good reminder that you are often a better judge of your body’s capacity than a doctor or other “expert”. Or put it another way, you are response-able!

    Can you identify ways you have limited yourself because you’ve been told your limit by someone else?


    Your Invite: Asuntha Charles Evening

    The Micah Women Leaders annual gatherings (previously breakfasts) are now in their fourth year. It is a unique gathering, bringing together women Christian Leaders from across the state for an important conversation on justice, leadership, and how to use your voice as an advocate for change.

    You are very welcome to attend! Be assured you will be amongst friends as several of our Baptist women are already signed up.

    WHEN: Tuesday 19 March 2024, 7:00pm – 9:00pm 

    WHERE: C3 Convention Centre, 64 Anglesea St, South Hobart TAS 7004

    COST: $35

    RSVP by Monday 4 March 2024

    Asuntha Charles, Global Women’s Rights Advocate. Asuntha was the National Director for World Vision Afghanistan during the Taliban takeover. She will provide a firsthand account of the needs she is seeing around her, as well as her experiences in some of the world’s toughest contexts.
    Tim Costello, Executive Director of Micah Australia. Tim will connect current global events to our biblical mandate to pursue justice.

    *NB: The Micah Women Leaders Network is quite distinct from the Global Leadership Women Leaders Network, referred to above.

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    The EmpowHer Day of Courage

    Baptist Financial Services


    By Fiona Bradley

    On Saturday 18th November, women from across Tasmania gathered at Longford for the inaugural statewide event, hosted by EmpowHer. 

    The Day of Courage sold out weeks ahead of time, with over 120 people from different denominations across Tasmania. The event provided an opportunity to connect with others learning to live out their God-given potential, hearing stories of courage.

    Keynote speaker, Rev. Karen Wilson (Perth WA), opened and closed the event. Currently the President of Baptist World Alliance Women, Karen spoke openly and warmly. In particular, she focussed on a recent accident, which taught her courage in the midst of her international schedule. 

    Mixing humour with insight, she also told of her hiking trip in 2018 along the famous Camino de Santiago trail. Karen explained how the hike forged courage at a key point in her life, and inspired listeners to be well-grounded in courage. As she spoke, she provided practical tips and challenged the audience to do the same.

    Four other Tasmanian women provided candid testimonies about how their lives had been shaped by courage. Each story was very different and described courage in grief, change, trauma and at work.

    A “Gathering”, not a “Conference”

    Jenny Baxter, State Director of EmpowHer, explained how the event and theme emerged as an idea with the EmpowHer team.

    “We wanted to make it more of a gathering than a conference, and focused on small touches toward this. Such as having people sitting around tables rather than facing the stage. As well, we provided grazing platters over lunch with live background music, rather than singing during the event itself.”

    According to Jenny, Karen Wilson was an obvious choice for main speaker.

    “I know her personally. She’s warm, very accessible. And she has great stories from her travels meeting with courageous women in all parts of the globe,” she said.

    One highlight of the day was the Baptist World Day of Prayer* session, when attendees prayed for women worldwide. Funds were raised for projects, in particular those organised by Baptist Women of the Pacific.

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    By standing shoulder-to-shoulder, women affirmed that Courage is stronger when with others.

    Jenny said the Day of Courage exceeded expectations, going way beyond what she thought was possible. “The event highlights the power of our stories and the benefit of showing up and getting together as women on the journey.”

    Others present on the day agreed

    Attendee Michelle Walters said, “It was lovely to spend time with like-minded women. Thank you to everyone involved in bringing this beautiful day together and sharing your gifts and talents with us”. 

    “Excellent, well organised, loved the little extras like gift bags, coasters. Food was superb. Great to have women from different denominations come together. Karen was excellent. Thank you to all those who made the day happen,” said attendee Anita Brooker.

    “Well done on a beautiful event and doing such a great job gathering people from across denominations and from around the state,” said attendee Danielle Ratcliffe.

    Fiona Bradley
    Hobart Baptist Church

    In Other News
    Fiona has agreed to take on the position of Tas Baptist Communications Manager from January 2024!

    EmpowHer Team: Jenny Baxter (S), Jenna Blackwell (N), Wendy Marston (N), Gabe Fife (NW). Ann Robertson (S), while unable to attend on the day, assisted with the organising of the event.

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    Karen Wilson shared dinner with the team before the Day of Courage. From left: Jenny, Karen, Jenna, Wendy, Gabe.

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      EmpowHer Day of Courage

      What happened on the big day?

      the EmpowHer Day of Courage
      Rev. Karen Wilson
      Karen Wilson

      WHEN: Saturday 18th November 2023 Riverlands Baptist (Longford)

      KEYNOTE: Rev. Karen Wilson President of the Baptist World Alliance Women, and CEO of the Global Leadership Network Aus/NZ.

      Fiona Bradley (Hobart ) gives a rundown about the Day of Courage, when women from many denominations gathered with us for one day of en-couragement.



      HOPE is always an option, even when you have no solution.

      God Whispers


      Women ~ Ministry ~ Leadership

      These three words do not always easily fit into one sentence.

      Here is a reading list to find out more. The following come highly recommended. …

      Emboldened TaraBeth Leach, Intervarsity Press USA
      Throughout Scripture and church history, women have been central to the mission of God. But all too often women have lacked opportunities to minister fully. Many churches lack visible examples of women in ministry and leadership.Tara Beth Leach, senior pastor of her denomination’s flagship church, issues a stirring call for a new generation of women in ministry: to teach, to preach, to shepherd, and to lead. Buy it here >
      Better Together Danielle Strickland, W Publishing
      Better Together is a beacon of hope in a challenging storm. It’s where thoughts can be rechanneled and hope rekindled as author Danielle Strickland offers steps toward a real and workable solution. Her premise is that two things are needed for change: imagine a better world, and understand oppression. Understanding how oppression works is an important part of undoing it. Buy it here >
      Marg Mowczko is an Australian theologian committed to writing articles about the mutuality and equality of men and women in Christian marriage and ministry, plus Bible studies and articles about life in Jesus.


      The Importance of Being Grateful

      Can you consciously give thanks today?

      God provides in such amazing and subtle ways. We so often take it for granted, or think it is co-incidence. God is over our lives in such prolific detail every single day.

      Have you ever noticed the glory of eucalypt leaves, shiny wet after rain?

      Or our stunning, ever-shifting backdrop of clouds.

      Or how water, our source of life, literally falls out of the sky!

      True. Sometimes we may feel unseen in our complex world. But if you take a moment to notice the little things, and express your gratitude today, you will find your big problems are either less important, or shift radically.

      • Take a moment to express your gratitude and you will find your big problems are less important.

      Our abundance of water, ability to find car parking spots, sunshine at the right moment, a beautiful rainbow to encourage you, and yes, even wet leaves, are provision by a loving God who sees so much more than we can imagine.

      What’s one “normal” thing you can be thankful for today?

      Jenny Baxter
      State Director, EmpowHer

      PS To read regular short reflections from Jenny, join the I Am Better Together Facebook group.

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      God Whispers

      God Whispers

      Waiting for that still, quiet voice

      It’s so easy to think up your own answer to a problem.

      Too many people and not enough food! How many times have you been in that situation? I have to admit, I’ve been caught with that a few times. Very small servings of apple crumble, and thinned-down pumpkin soup have featured on my table, much to my horror.

      Have you noticed how we usually try to solve problems using our own nicely thought up solutions? That’s what the disciples did in this story when Jesus gave them an out-of-the-box response . . .

      By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. Send the people away so they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But he answered, “You give them something to eat.” 

      Mark 6:35-36 (NIV)

      When faced with catering for 5,000, these clever men suggested the crowds go find their own food. They were providing the obvious and rational solution to quite a problem.

      It was an immediate response – they didn’t stop to consider Jesus may have a far more creative solution. I have to admit, very small servings of apple crumble was my best solution one wintry evening.

      Just like the disciples, when I faced a problem, I automatically turned my mind to solving it. However, sometimes there is a way ahead which I did not expect nor plan. It is at those points of dire need, when things seem to have fallen apart, that miracles happen.

      The BEST Plan?

      It’s so easy to think up your own answer to a problem, and to look at it from a human perspective. To gather information and to analyse the best course of action – the most sensible path. Yep. Small serves!

      To the disciples, they suggested what seemed to be the best plan. But did they come to the Master with the problem? No. It took Andrew, another of the disciples, to offer a different course of action.

      … Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” John 6:7-9 (NIV)

      The unexpected extra in this scenario was one young boy with some dinner!

      What a thoughtful and aware mother he had. There’s no mention of her in the story, but I bet she never even dreamt that the food she sent with her son was to be used for a miracle. Just as well she let her son go off to listen to Jesus that day – with food.

      I wonder what my unexpected extra might have been if I had thought to come to Jesus with my apple crumble problem?

      HOPE is always an option

      Learnings for us

      – Sometimes our nicely thought-out solutions leave little room for God to work.

      – Creative answers will mostly come from unexpected sources. Perhaps it is wise to listen for God’s whisper before acting.

      – Miracles always arrive when there is hardly any hope left. While we often ask for miracles, actually, requiring a miracle is a terrible position to be in!

      – God’s capacity far, far exceeds our capacity.

      – Mothers (and women in general) are often good at thinking ahead. Maybe I could have thought ahead a bit more with those apples.

      – HOPE is always an option when Jesus is in the equation.

      So, if you are facing a difficult problem – from scheduling issues and lack of resources; to financial hang-ups and not enough dessert – the best idea is to pray and wait for God’s still, small voice (see 1 Kings 19:12).

      Rushing around and stressing about the outcome is usually a waste of time.

      I wonder what would happen if you listened first, and then acted, whenever there was a difficulty? What would it mean for your family, your workplace and your friendships? Not to mention your meals?

      If you listen to God’s whispers, perhaps you will find an unexpected solution, outside-the-box.

      Jenny Baxter

      Jenny Baxter is the State Director for EmpowHer*, and the Communications Manager for Tasmanian Baptists. She is married to Stephen, and they have five kids and six grandkids, spread from Hobart to Melbourne to Madrid!   

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      EmpowHer Day of Courage

      Day of Courage 2023, All women are welcome to this special women's gathering, the EmpowHer Day of Courage on Saturday 18th November 2023 at Riverlands Longford.

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        So sorry – we have sold out!

        But it isn’t too late to join the waitlist

        Become Well-Grounded

        Learn to live out your God-given potential at this special women’s gathering

        On Saturday 18th November, all women are invited to attend the EmpowHer Day of Courage gathering at Riverlands, 159 Wellington Street, Longford.

        This is the first statewide event to be hosted by EmpowHer and promises to be a fantastic day of growth, challenge and connection.

        The day will commence with morning tea at 9:30am, and conclude at 3:30pm.

        Watch the video introducing keynote speaker Karen Wilson


        Earlybird $45 – finished on 5th September

        Regular $55 – 6th September to 31st October
        Maximum capacity has been reached – but you are still welcome to join our waitlist.

        Late $65 – From 1 November
        If you do need to join our waitlist, this will be the price if you are successful.

        Major sponsor for the Day of Courage – Baptist Financial Services

        Baptist Financial Services

        What to expect

        Here’s what will happen on the day . . .

        Keynote speaker sessions
        Karen Wilson

        Karen Wilson, President Baptist World Alliance Women.
        Karen lives in Perth WA, and has a long association with women from all walks of life in Australia and globally.

        READ Karen’s article It’s a New Day >

        Local content and participation

        Including . . .


        * Kelsea Clingeleffer, Program Coordinator Baptist World Aid.

        * Short talks from three Tasmanian women explaining their personal moments of courage: Bianca Murray (N); Jing Priest (S); Jacqueline Austin (NW)

        * Beautiful, delicious and thoughtfully-prepared food during morning tea and lunch.

        * Round table discussions in small groups.

        supporting women globally

        * Pray for women overseas for World Day of Prayer.

        * The Tasmanian launch of the global Women’s Leadership Network.

        * Opportunities to donate to Baptist World Aid through Transform Aid International.

        Why you should be there

        • To be encouraged and inspired.
        • To hear stories from other women of faith.
        • To make new friends with other like-minded women.
        • To be inspired and empowered to live out your God-given calling.
        • To take a day out for yourself to be nourished in body, soul and spirit.
        • To increase your global awareness of women’s challenges in other countries.
        • To increase your faith as you pray for women and their work within their communities.

        What women are saying

        “All women welcome”. I love that. Let’s be united!

        Ruth Hanlon, Ministry Development Officer for Women, Anglican Diocese Tasmania

        I can’t wait to be there!

        Jing Priest, Hobart Baptist Church

        We’re going to have such a good time.

        Keynote speaker Karen Wilson, President Baptist World Alliance, Women



        Maximum capacity has been reached. There is now a wait-list system in place.

        Earlybird rate ($45) Finished onTuesday 5th September

        Regular rate ($55) Available 6th September to 31st October

        Late rate ($65) From 1st November

        The Day of Courage Team

        The organising team are a dedicated group of women, representing each region in Tasmania. They are planning a fantastic women’s gathering just for you!

        Each one has special giftings and skills in enabling, gathering and administrating events, and they are all working hard to create an exceptional day for every attendee.


        Jenna Blackwell

        Jenna Blackwell City Baptist Formation Pastor; Tasmanian Baptists Mission and Leadership Coach
        Jenna loves encouraging people to walk courageously in their God-given calling. She also loves tea, funny animal videos, the beach, and nature in general.

        Wendy Marston

        Wendy Marston TasRail – Customer Service Officer; Tas Baptist Council; Marriage and Funeral Celebrant.

        Wendy is Tassie born and still loving it here. She is involved in the leadership team at Newstead Baptist church.


        Gabe Fife

        Gabe Fife Teacher’s Aide, Leighlands Christian School

        Down-to-earth and friendly, Gabe desires to see all women empowered and living their fullest lives in Christ. She is married to Louis, and serves alongside him at Ulverstone Baptist Church.


        Jenny Baxter

        Jenny Baxter State Coordinator EmpowHer; Communications Manager Tasmanian Baptists
        Jenny enjoys creating connections between women locally and nationally. She also serves on the Communications team at Hobart Baptist Church, and walks a lot, mostly at the beach or in the bush.

        Ann Herbert* Now retired
        Ann formerly managed a social policy team in the Tasmanian Government. She is now an elder and active member of the teaching team at Citywide Baptist Church. 

        *Unfortunately, Ann is unable to attend on the day.

        FAQ for the Day of Courage women’s gathering

        Will there be accommodation available?

        We have secured Friday night accommodation (17th November) with the Poatina Chalet for attendees. This is a 20-minute drive from the venue.
        Please call or email the Chalet to book your motel room for $125. Includes breakfast.
        6397 8290 |

        I have dietary requirements, what should I do?

        If you added your dietary requirements to your registration info, then you are good to go. But if you need to change or confirm anything, please get in touch:

        Can I carpool?

        There is no official Day of Courage carpool. However, do get in touch and we may be able to arrange transport for you with another attendee:

        What’s the parking like at Riverlands?

        There is plenty of on-site parking available.

        Will I need to bring anything?

        Notebooks and pens will be provided. You may like to bring a Bible with you. Morning tea and lunch will be provided as part of the registration cost. While water will be available you may like to bring your own drink bottle.

        Is Childcare provided?

        Unfortunately there is no childcare. If you have children, we encourage you to find care for them. If this is not possible, you may bring your little one/s but you will be responsible for their care. There will be no child care available at this event.

        Is this event just for Christians?

        All women are welcome at this event. However, if you are not happy to learn about your God-given potential, then this gathering may not be for you.

        Is there a concession rate?

        There is no official concession rate for this gathering. We have subsidised the costs by finding a sponsor to make this special day affordable for everyone. However, if the cost is stopping you from attending, please get in touch to discuss:

        Refund Policy

        If you find you are no longer able to use your ticket, our preference is that you find someone to pass the ticket onto. Please let us know, so we know who to expect by contacting

        If you are unable to find someone, or if this is too difficult for you to arrange, given the circumstances, we can arrange a refund. Please note you will not be reimbursed your booking fee.

        If you need to request a refund, please email and state your name, account name, BSB and account number. Thank you

        If you have other questions . . .

        Please email Our team will be happy to answer your enquiries.

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        All women are welcome to this special women’s gathering, the EmpowHer Day of Courage on Saturday 18th November 2023 at Riverlands Longford.

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          FOR ALL WOMEN

          EmpowHer Day of Courage


          Karen Wilson

          Saturday 18th November 2023 | Riverlands Baptist (Longford)

          Speaker: Karen Wilson, President of the Baptist World Alliance Women, and CEO of the Global Leadership Network Aus/NZ.

          Join the EmpowHer team and women from around the state as we gather for the Day of Courage. This will be a 21st-Century gathering (not a Conference!)

          THEME: Well Grounded | Postcards now available to invite your friends!

          Day of Courage


          The end for
          Australian Baptist Women

          Jenny Baxter

          Did you know Australian Baptist Women has been ‘a thing’ since the 1930s? But as all things begin, so all things must end.

          By EmpowHer State Leader Jenny Baxter

          Australian Baptist Women ends


          Being Transformed

          Jenna Blackwell

          Jenna Blackwell, a member of the Tasmanian Baptists’ Mission and Leadership Development Team, gives insight into God’s amazing heart of grace.

          Inner Critic: Why don’t you have everything together?
          Jesus’ gentle voice: Did you hear about the disciples I chose?

          Tuning in to the Heart of God-Jun23


          Villain-Origin Story?

          or Testimony in Progress

          As the EmpowHer Day of Courage nears, Heartlands News will feature some deeper thinking articles for readers to press into the idea of being “Well-Grounded”.

          Maddie Mandall (Queensland Baptist Women) writes: If we allow our wounds to fester, they end up driving us and defining us in monstrous ways.

          Heartlands Winter 2023, Villain Origin story, or Testimony in the making?

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          Australian Baptist Women Ends

          Australian Baptist Women ends
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          Tasmanian State Leader Jenny Baxter explains why Australian Baptist Women began, and how things have changed.

          In the early days in Tasmania, there were some heroic women who led the ministry in during the depression when cars were still few, telephones a luxury item, and most communication was done by mail!

          Setting the scene

          Australian Baptist Women (ABW) has been an entity since the 1930s. When the national body began, it aimed to provide opportunities for Baptist women to gather and connect. ABW was formed separately to the infant Australian Baptist Ministries, which began a few years earlier in 1926.

          Nationally, ABW State leaders were appointed. This handful of women oversaw the ministry in each state and territory, gathering annually until 2020. Around that time, independent of one another, the states/territories gradually ceased those positions, with the exception of Northern Territory, Queensland and Tasmania.

          20th-Century ministry?

          No thanks!

          After over a decade with no Tasmanian leader, I was appointed in 2017. By then, many Tasmanian Baptist women’s ministries had wound down. I soon discovered there was little appetite for returning to 20th Century-style women’s ministry.

          Nationally, things were moving. Covid disrupted plans for the ABW national meeting in 2021, and then came a series of online discussions, think-tanks and brainstorms. But nothing seemed to fly. The question was: How do we continue to support Baptist women, when state Unions are less inclined to appoint ABW state leaders?

          THE QUESTION: How do we continue to support Baptist women, when state Unions are less inclined to appoint ABW state leaders?

          Moving onto 2023

          Mark Wilson

          In May this year, the National Council Taskforce gathered in Sydney. There was intense and robust discussion about women and women’s ministry. However, good decisions were made.

          Soon afterwards, National Ministries Director Mark Wison, made an official announcement.

          As a result of this announcement, ABW officially ceased to exist:

          The clear decision of National Council is that ABW, as a delegated body, is not the desired way forward for the State Leaders and National Council Taskforce. This decision is due to a number of factors including lack of agreement on purpose/scope, lack of buy-in from state associations [unions], changing understandings of needs and the inconsistency with how other delegated bodies operate. National Council has a desire to bring this group to an end well and recognises there might be different responses from current ABW group members. Some may feel disappointed or hurt, others relieved or even excited about the change.

          Mark Wilson continued …

          I want to affirm that this in no way says National Council is not committed to developing and supporting women leaders . . . National Council is creating a new delegated body, specifically focused on Women in Leadership. This is a new group and will involve representatives appointed by each state association [union].

          What does this mean for us?

          In God’s goodness, we Tasmanians were ahead of the curve!

          Since 2021 a statewide team consisting of Wendy Marston (Newstead), Jenna Blackwell (City, Launceston), Gabe Fife (Ulverstone), and myself (Hobart) have met, mostly on Zoom (and very rarely in-person!)

          EmpowHer became our new name.

          EmpowHer Team Sept 2021
          The EmpowHer Team: Jenna, Jenny, Wendy, Gabe (Sept 2021)

          EmpowHer Vision:

          A network of women growing and encouraging each other in their God-given potential.

          EmpowHer Mission:

          Providing community, training, and support for Tasmanian women to empower them to move into leadership, and to take their God-given place within the Baptist churches of Tasmania.

          I look forward to this new era as we further develop EmpowHer.
          Here is what’s happening next …

          Day of Courage

          The Day of Courage in November will be the first statewide event in this new paradigm. We are looking forward to hosting as many women as possible at Riverlnds (Longford). All women are welcome!

          Women’s National Taskforce

          I will also work with the National Taskforce to help develop the newly delegated body, focussing on women in leadership.

          The team and I value your prayers as we lead and encourage women around Tasmania.

          Jenny Baxter

          Jenny Baxter
          State Director, EmpowHer

          Heartlands Autumn 2023

          Heartlands Autumn 2023 is the quarterly email for EmpowHer – a network of Tasmanian women growing and encouraging each other in their God-given potential.

          Table of Contents


            World Women’s Day of Prayer

            WORLD dAY OF PRAYER 2022

            Last October, Day of Prayer events were held around Tasmania. Did you get to one of them? These are incredibly encouraging times of hearing, praying and giving.


            • HEARD about the work, and worlds, of women around the globe.
            • PRAYED for the women, some of them have devastating stories.
            • GAVE to the amazing projects, run by women, which are changing families and communities.

            In 2020, Australian women raised a total of $365.
            In 2021, Tasmanian women raised a total of $560.
            And in 2022, Tasmanian women raised a total of $869! WOOT!

            Great work everyone! Watch out for the Day of Prayer opportunities in your region in October 2023, and make a difference to our world.

            NORTHERN EVENT

            Weekend Wind-Down

            Fireside Chats EmpowHer event 17th March 2023

            WHEN: 7-8:30pm Friday 17th March 2023
            WHERE: Hoo Hoo Hut, Trevallyn Nature and Rec Area (Duck Reach Rd)
            WHERE? Change of plan! New location: Liv-Eat Kings Meadows,
            Shop 143 Hobart Rd. SEE MAP
            WHAT: Wind-down for the weekend and enjoy supper!
            WHO: All women welcome
            INFO: Wendy (0407 765 414); Mary (0408 335 618)
            FLIER: Unfortunately, the flier is now out of date and no longer available.

            SO FAR IN 2023

            Women in Leadership

            No Limits Conference Feb 2022, Heartlands Autumn 2023

            Ann Herbert explains what took place at the recent No Limits women’s conference in Brisbane, when many of the sessions explored the importance of women in church leadership.

            Pictured above are Tasmanian attendees Jenna Blackwell (City), Zahara Rehrman (Summerhill), Tracey Avery (City), Ann Herbert (Citywide); Jenny Baxter (Hobart), and Kez Hutchison (Wynyard) . Plus the speakers panel, and the women gathered.

            ON THE LOOKOUT?

            WANTED: Southern Team Members

            EmpowHer are looking for additional team members in Southern Tasmania.

            If you regularly attend a Baptist church, enjoy being with women, and are good at organising things, then how about joining our team?

            Please contact Jenny Baxter to find out more:

            EmpowHer Southern Tas Activities, Heartlands Autumn 2023
            Recent EmpowHer Southern Tasmania events

            Heartlands Spring 2022


            Learn to Live with Less

            Heartlands Autumn 2023 - Live with Less

            How one family stopped shopping for a year

            Ethical consumption isn’t just about what you buy; it’s also learning to live with less.

            Here’s how one family took drastic action to discover what they really need for a fulfilling life.

            From Baptist World Aid.

            To find out about EmpowHer events and activities for women in Tasmania, please subscribe to HEARTLANDS!


            Heartlands Spring 2022

            Heartlands Autumn 2023

            Baptist Churches Christmas Events 2022

            Tas Baptists Christmas Events listing 2022

            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
              click name for map
              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
              Click name for map
              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
              Click name for map
              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

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