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February/March 2021

February/March 2021

Tas Baptist News February/March 2021 (Unpublished: Visible only to you.)


Tas Baptist Muster for Pastors and Leadership Teams

Richard and Catriona SharpWHEN: March 1-3
WHERE: Lenah Valley (Mar 1); Summerhill (Mar 2); Wynyard (Mar 3)
WHO: Pastors, leadership team members, and potential leaders are encouraged to attend.
REGISTER: Contact Michael Henderson:
MORE INFO: Please contact Michael Henderson for more information about this very worthwhile event.

Richard Sharp from ReNew Discipleship Network, Adelaide, will be with us to further explore key themes from our new strategic plan.
Richard will join with pastors over dinner, followed by an evening meeting which is open to our leadership teams and other key leaders from our churches.

Pictured: Richard and Catriona Sharp

New program to assist the vulnerable in Southern Tasmania

TWAC course

Christian agency Travel With A Cause (TWAC) are running a volunteer aged care program and are looking for churches - maybe yours!

Are you interested in having international students spending 120 hours under the supervision of TWAC, to do gardening projects etc and interacting with your oldies?

All students will have flu vaccination, police check, first aid, and a Working with Vulnerable People card.

There are two ways to participate:
  1. As a provider of aged recipients to this service. To find out more about how to host students through your church please contact Jane Johnston at
  2. As a volunteer international student looking for a qualification. This course meets the requirements for of CHC 52015 Diploma of Community Services. You can read more, and register HERE >>>

Applications invited - Crossover Director

Crossover AustraliaAustralian Baptist Ministries (ABM) is seeking to discern God's leading for the appointment of a Director for Crossover.

Crossover is a ministry of ABM, committed to spreading the good news of Jesus Christ to the people of Australia. Our goal is for churches and leaders to be better equipped for effective mission in our nation in the 21st century.

The vision of Crossover is focused in three key areas:

* The development of high-quality evangelism resources

* The encouragement of evangelism in Baptist churches across Australia

* The training of pastors and leaders to be more effective in evangelism

As the senior leader in the Crossover team the Crossover Director will provide pastoral leadership including preaching and teaching responsibilities in promoting the purpose of the organisation to help Australian Baptists share Jesus. The Director will also provide pastoral leadership to the Crossover team members and the members of the Crossover Taskforce.

This is ideally a full-time (1.0FTE) position, however flexibility may be negotiated to meet a candidate's circumstances.

A copy of the position description is available on request by contacting Frances Schramko at Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their CV, along with a covering letter addressing their suitability for the role based on the Position Description. These should be forwarded to the recruitment panel chairperson, Rev Dr Steve Bartlett, at

Enquiries or questions regarding the role may be directed to Steve on 0412 921 932. The closing date for applications is Friday 26 February 2021.

2021 NCLS Invitation to Churches

Local churches in Australia are invited to take part in the five-yearly National Church Life Survey, which will next happen during 2021. This project involves thousands of churches and their attenders across most denominations. The goal is to encourage church vitality, equip effective leadership and strengthen connections between church and community.


ADVANCE | step by step, February/March 2021

PROFILE: Summerhill Baptist >>>
INSPIRE: It's a New Day - 21st Century Ministry by Karen Wilson >>>
ASSIST: Perth Bushfires >>>
FROM the MD: Approaching 2021 >>>
Q&A INTERVIEW: Karen Buckney >>>
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The Value of Lament >>>

180th Anniversary, York Street Chapel

Sunday December 27, 2020

York St Chapel 180th Anniversary Cake

City Baptist Church was filled on Sunday 27 December, celebrating 180 years of continuous Baptist life and witness in Launceston. A four-metre long timeline of the local Baptist history was on display.

With the organ resounding to great old hymns, representatives from each Baptist church in Launceston joined in, looking both backwards in our shared past as well as forwards into what God yet has for us. Pastor Jeff McKinnon spoke from Romans 10:13-15 on Bearing Good News.

Over morning tea, a massive celebration mud cake was enjoyed as sales in Laurie Rowston's history texts did a brisk trade, especially his latest--on the history of the York Street Baptist Chapel.

City Baptist continues to explore how best to continue to be a welcoming presence in our city centre.

Read more in The Examiner >>>

Emergency Services Training Day

Faith-based pastoral care in emergencies and disasters

Emergency services training daysThis event is for those interested in caring for people during emergencies.

The training day covers Psychological First Aid and Emotional Spiritual Care.
Specific topics include:

  • Introductions to the emergency setting and TCC Emergencies Ministry
  • Impacts of emergencies on individuals and communities
  • Stress
  • Community and individual recovery after disasters
  • Practical exercises around caring for people and practising Psychological First Aid

Hobart: 9:30-4pm Saturday February 13, 2021
NB. The northern training toook place last December, but those from the north are welcome to attend the day in Hobart.


Penguin Baptist prepare to send books

Penguin are 'hosting' a container for Library Aid International, a mission to supply books to schools and other places where resources are scarce. The last container is in the process of being unpacked and distributed in Zimbabwe. The neatly labelled boxes are the final step in the next shipment. There has been a richness of donations to this work over the last few months. And what a blessing it is.

Amongst our congregation, many are beset by aging pains and other issues - and many in our extended families are doing it tough. We appreciate your partnership in prayer for our witness and fitness.

FIND OUT MORE: Library Aid International on Facebook >>>

PICTURED: The neat container (top) is the one Penguin Baptist is hosting. The messy one (below) is yet to be unpacked, sorted, repacked and added to the neat container!

ADVANCE | step by step, February/March 2021

PROFILE: Summerhill Baptist >>>
INSPIRE: It's a New Day - 21st Century Ministry by Karen Wilson >>>
ASSIST: Perth Bushfires >>>
FROM the MD: Approaching 2021 >>>
Q&A INTERVIEW: Karen Buckney >>>
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The Value of Lament >>>

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