reCharge NEWS March 2024

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    BibleProject Resources

    BibleProject creates free resources to help people experience the Bible. Everything they make is funded by generous supporters around the world. The entire library of videos, podcasts, classes, and other resources are available at bibleproject.com.  

    Their most recent production is a 10-part series on Jesus’ teachings on the Sermon on the Mount, available to watch on Youtube.  

    Subscribe to the channel for more explainer videos about the Bible. They currently have over 4 million subscribers already!

    Register for Foundations

    Foundations is a path toward the unique calling that God has on your life, equipping you to live the deep truth of Christian faith in every area of your life. 

    The course runs on Wednesdays from Wed, 1 May to Wed, 14 Aug.
    Choose either a day course at Hobart Baptist (12:00pm to 2:30pm) or an evening course at Citywide Mornington (7-9:30pm).  

    The two courses will combine for two Saturday sessions on the 1 June (9:30 – 4:30) and 6 July (9:30 – 7:30) 

    The whole course works together to produce a deep understanding of a practical Christian worldview. 

    You will receive specific skills in a range of areas including: 

    – Managing complicated relationships
    – Knowing God’s will  
    – Building healthy teams
    – Developing life-giving habits
    – Finding your place in leadership
    – Sharing your Faith
    – Understanding the revolutionary big picture of the bible  
    – Love and Sexuality
    – Listening  
    – Community
    – Development and Transformation

    Cost of $50 includes refreshments, meals on the Saturdays, and a Foundations manual.  

    Register now  

    Citywide Easter Exhibition

    Monday, 18 March to Friday, 26 April 

    A series of drawings by artist Michael Henderson have been installed in Citywide Baptist Church, Hobart, for Easter 2024. 

    The work is titled, We only remember history in the present moment. The four drawings are a part of a larger series of 16 charcoal drawings. All together they describe contemporary life through stories from Christian Scripture.

    The drawings are not intended to illustrate certain scriptures, or tell the story of the whole Bible, but they draw inspiration from biblical stories and place an experience in a contemporary setting. They blur the line between history and the present moment, intending for the viewer to think about their own life. 

    Most of the drawings are 1.2m square. The 3 of the crucifixion are 1.4m square. The 16 drawings combine for an overall length of 20m.

    The Drawings

    The second drawing above describes Jesus being crucified, with the two either side describing Peter and Judas’s response to Jesus’ crucifixion. This series of 3 is where the whole series started for me. I wanted to describe both Peter and Judas turning their back on Jesus, and then both of them responding to what they had done. 

    The fourth drawing above is of Mary hugging Jesus, and focuses on Mary’s joy at seeing Jesus again, rather than describe an event around the resurrection. 

    The drawings have been exhibited in many places, including St. Francis Xavier’s Catholic Cathedral in Adelaide, as part of the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Festival, and in churches and exhibition spaces around Australia. Michael’s work is held in private and public collections; he was a finalist in the 66th Blake Prize (2021).

    The exhibition runs from the Monday, 18 March to Friday, 26 April 2024 at 400 Cambridge Road, Mornington, Tasmania. 

    Art can be viewed daily Monday to Saturday.
    From 9:00am to 8:00pm, Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 1:00pm Saturday and Sunday. 

    See all 16 drawings online here.


    The Bob Curè Exhibition Space

    Matt Garvin and Dan Evenhuis explained more about the motivation behind Citywide’s exhibition space. 

    “As we approach Easter, we wanted to have an exhibition that would help those passing by reflect on Jesus and his sacrifice. We have around 2,000 people walking through our foyer each week,” said Dan Evenhuis, Executive Pastor at Citywide

    “Citywide’s Mornington Campus has housed the Bob Curé Exhibition Space in its foyer since 2019. Through the exhibition space, we have been able to support many local artists, photographers and craft-makers as they share their creative thoughts and skills,” he said. 

    Matt Garvin, Senior Pastor at the church, said he was grateful to have Michael’s art which communicates the message of Easter over these few weeks.

    “The Bob Curè exhibition space is our way to encourage Christians to express their creativity,” he said. 

    Launceston Alive Easter Festival

    Thu 28 – Sun 31 Mar  

    Launceston Alive is an annual Easter community festival of thought, music and art held throughout Launceston over the Easter weekend at one of the following planned events. Karl Fasse, Colin Buchanan and other performing artists will offer stories of faith. 

    Thursday, 28 March at 9:00am – Leaders workshop with Karl Faase at Legana Christian Church, 1 Gerrard Cl, Legana.

    Friday, 29 March at 6:00pm – The 2024 Unearthed Event will unearth stories of faith with Karl Faase and Colin Buchannan. There will be music and entertainment by Colin Buchanan and Jade Steg; a remarkable story of faith and courage from Bernadette Black; Karl Faase will speak about the stories of faith that have shaped our nation. All are welcome, just come along at Door Of Hope Church, 50 Glen Dhu St, South Launceston. The event is free.

    Saturday, 30 March, 11:00am – 2:00pm – The Children and Families Festival is especially for children, young people and their families. Performers include Colin Buchannan, Bronte Ferguson, Azahlia Dingemanse and Caitlyn Duffy. at at Riverbend Park, Launceston.

    Sunday, 31 March, 5:00pm – Combined Churches Easter service with Karl Faase at Door Of Hope, 50 Glen Dhu St, South Launceston.

    Launceston Easter Alive

    Faith Impact Audit

    NAYBA Audit Presentation

    On Thursday 7 March, Stephen and Jenny Baxter attended a presentation for the results of the NAYBA Impact Audit of Tasmania. This is the first statewide audit of its kind conducted and reflects the work being done by people of faith. 

    The final audit report includes the following statistics on Tasmania: 
    – 284 community service activities 
    – 209,057 people served in the last year 
    – $70,841,878 social value impact to the State of Tasmania each year. 

    Stephen hosts a panel at the Grace Centre Rokeby. From left, Councillor Brendan Blomeley (Mayor of the City of Clarence), John Kamara (Tasmanian Australian of the Year 2024) and Aimen Jafri (Chair of the Multicultural Council of Tasmania).

    New Book Available

    Tasmanian Baptist History 

    This is the ninth book on Tasmanian Baptist History by Laurence F Rowston. It looks at the beginnings of sixteen of our Baptist Churches in Tasmania commencing about 1880.

    The churches are Bracknell, Blackwood Creek, Burnie, Deloraine, Devonport, Hobart, Latrobe, Launceston, Longford, Perth, Sheffield, Smithton, Ulverstone, Wynyard and Yolla and also Memorial, the Henry Reed Mission Church in Launceston.

    But it is more than account of their first years.

    The book contains full biographies of their pastors, seventy-four in number from the moment they come on the scene wherever they are, to their deaths. The biographies look into their origins, their preaching and their pastoral work and the movements of the day.

    The book has more than 3,000 footnotes and contains about 230 photographs. Each chapter contains a conclusion which compares the church of those years with the churchtoday. In time a hardback hand-stitched two-volume copy will be available from the author.

    Books cost $40 plus postage (or collect from Baptist Assembly or Citywide Mornington office, 400 Cambridge Road, Mornington, TAS. Contact Dan Evenhuis on 0481 917 806  or email dan.evenhuis@citywidehobart.org.au .

    March Muster

    Why Theological Education Matters

    The Tas Baptists March Muster was held in Hobart and offered the perfect opportunity to launch the Frank W Boreham College. Andrew Corbett, of Legana Christian Fellowship, gave a detailed account of Boreham’s amazing life and ministry.

    Boreham moved to Australia in 1906 to pastor at Hobart Baptist Church. He wrote 46 books (many receiving wide international acclaim) and over 3,000 weekly editorials for the Hobart Mercury between 1912 and 1959.  

    Alongside the launch of the college, the Muster focused on professional development. David Williams from Taylor Baptist College, Edmonton, Canada (and Kairos University) and Darrell Jackson, interim principal of Whitley College in Victoria spoke on the topic. 

    Darrell answered the question, “Was Jesus a theological educator?” while David reflected on “Why theological education matters”. 

    As the first Muster for the year, time together was an opportunity for fellowship, learning and encouragement. This included a long table dinner together at HBC’s new Esteem Cafe.

    Following the Muster,  David Williams travelled to all three regions to discuss with other Baptists what further theological education can look like, from diploma to doctorate. In particular, he outlined the Kairos subscription-based education model of learning that surrounds students with a team of mentors who, together, determine the student’s education and formation pathway.   

    Stephen Baxter launches Frank W. Boreham College at March Muster.
    Long Table at march Muster 2024
    Long table dinner at Hobart Baptist Church during the March Muster.

    Candidate Forums 

    Meet your Local Candidate 

    In the lead up to the State election, churches are working together to host election candidate forums. The forums will be held in each electorate in preparation for the upcoming State election. Each forum will include set questions on issues of concern to Christians, and time for questions from the floor. Most events will be live streamed or recorded, for those who cannot make it.

    This is a great opportunity to meet local candidates, ask questions and hear from them on issues that you care about. 

    Find more information online meetyourcandidates.org.au 

    Crossover

    2024 Australian Baptist Easter Offering

    The Australian Baptist Easter Offering by Crossover is a thousand churches combining to express our gratitude for Jesus and to invest in sharing him with others.  

    The offering supports Crossover – a national Baptist ministry that provides resources, training and encouragement to help Australian Baptists share Jesus with their friends and neighbourhoods. They offer all churches free-to-use Easter resources. 

    To see all their resources or join their mailing list, visit the Crossover website

    Crossover runs entirely on the donations of people like us – so let’s support generously as we’re able. Donations can also be made directly at crossover.org.au 

    Re-Imagine  

    Combined Gathering 

    Re-Imagine is a combined gathering that aims to create a safe space for people to wrestle with faith, ask questions, and explore the journey of following Jesus. The gathering is organised by young adults from different churches, aged 18+ and is open to anyone interested.
    Meets fortnightly at 157 St John St (St Johns middle building) on Tuesdays at 6pm for dinner and discussion with the next meeting on Tuesday, 12 March. 

    Find more details on Facebook.

    Samaritan’s Purse

    Shoebox Numbers Are In! 

    Samaritan’s Purse announced this week that 11.3 million shoeboxes were packed worldwide during last year’s Operation Christmas Child collection season (2023). That means millions of children will now hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and be discipled in 2024!

    read stories of the incredible impact a simple shoebox gift is having around the world, visit their website. 

    Seeing and sharing the impact of this work is a great way to honour everyone in the TasBaptist community who has packed shoeboxes and partnered with Samaritan’s Purse over the years.  

    Being Human Webinar

    What does it mean to be human?

    Karl Faase will be joined by Jo Frost to look at the question, What does it mean to be human. Jo Frost is Author of the book and video series, ‘Being Human’ and will grapple with the idea of what it is to view the world through the Being Human lens. She will consider questions such as What is Jesus on about when he offers us ‘life to the full’? And look at the cultural stories are shaping our identity. Also, what makes humanity unique and what is the invitation that God extends? 

    On Tuesday, 12 March 2024 at 7pm  

    RESERVE YOUR TICKET 

    Trauma Recovery Course

    Reboot Trauma Recovery

    This three-day, faith-based course is focused on healing from trauma.  While aimed at Service-related trauma, REBOOT courses are being offered to the wider community suffering from all forms of trauma. This includes victims of crime, DV, childhood trauma, disability, grief and ongoing illness.
    One veteran on average dies by suicide every 2 weeks, making suicide amongst our service community is at an epidemic.

    Free to attend. Childcare is not available. For more info contact Andy & Zoe Cullen: 0420 462 845 or email: info@rebootau.org

    From Wednesday 13, March to Friday, 15 March
    9am to 2pm
    (Graduation Ceremony on Friday night, 6pm – 8pm)  

    At Wrest Point Hotel Hobart, Drysdale Room – 410 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay 

    REGISTER ONLINE

    Heartlands Summer 2024 – out now

    By Women, for Women

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

    Read more…

    Heartlands News

    New College Roadshow

    Frank W Boreham College launch

    Tas Baptists launched the new Frank W Boreham College on 5 March at Hobart Baptist Church.  The college will provide ministry and theological education, training, and reflection for our pastors, leaders, and members across Tasmania. This means Tasmanian Baptists now have the capacity to provide qualified training within the State.

    The new college is made possible by a partnership with both Kairos and Whitley.

    David will visit the state in early March and travel to all three regions to discuss what further theological education can look like, from diploma to doctorate. He will explain the Kairos subscription-based education model of learning. This model surrounds each student with a team of mentors who, along with the student, determine the student’s education and formation pathway.   

    The following informal evenings are open to anyone. 

    • Wednesday 6 March 7.30pm at Hobart Baptist Church
      Hosted by Stephen Baxter, 0417 313 273  
    • Thursday 7 March 7.30pm at Newstead Baptist Church
      Hosted by Dan Hutchison, 0457 765 907  
    • Friday 8 March 7.30pm at Burnie Baptist Church
      Hosted by Matty Coppin, 9484 064 490  

    Please contact Stephen, Dan, or Matty, ASAP if you plan to attend. 

    Hear about the Kairos subscription-based education model of learning

    Workshop for churches on CYSOF

    New Child and Youth Safe Organisation Framework legislation 

    Olive Road and Fostering Hope are running a workshop on Child and Youth Safe Organisation Framework (CYSOF) legislation. 

    The workshop is on Thursday, the 14 March 2024 at the Grace Centre, Rokeby,  from 9.30pm to 2.30pm. 

    The workshop will provide an opportunity for attendees to grapple with the new CYSOF legislation and to share resources and ideas to develop the required policies and processes that will ensure ongoing compliance with the new Framework.   

    Anyone from not-for-profit organisations and churches in Hobart would benefit from this workshop to gain a better understanding of the new legislation. This includes the new Reportable Conduct Scheme and new strict timeframes on reporting to the regulator. The workshop will also focus on how organisations or churches might comply with the ten Child and Youth Safe Standards.   

    If you, or someone within your organisation or church, are keen to attend, or if a weekend or evening session would suit better, contact Mary Blake, Exec. Officer, Fostering Hope on m. 0423 365 988 or email mary@fosteringhope.net.au.

    There’s more information about the Child and Youth Safe Organisations Framework here

    Kids playing outside
    Working for a Child and Youth Safe Organisation

    Gaza Crisis Update

    From Baptist World Aid Australia

    Around 1.9 million people in Gaza have been displaced since the war started three months ago, when Hamas launched a terrorist attack on innocent civilians in Israel. 

    People are sheltering in overcrowded school buildings, churches, and medical centres; some are even pitching tents on the street. This has left families vulnerable as winter hits, with temperatures dropping down to 10 degrees at night. 

    Also, Gaza is experiencing a healthcare crisis.  

    Baptist World Aid Partners in the region are distributing aid to families, including medical items, medicines, hygiene kits, mattresses and blankets, and food packages. They are also continuing to provide medical supplies and other essentials to families in the West Bank and Lebanon, where civil unrest and violent attacks are rising.  

    Read this lament written late last year as preparation to pray for protection and relief for families in the Middle East.  

    If you’d like to consider giving, visit Baptist World Aid here. 

    Gaza war damage photo by Mohamad Zaanoun, International Health Partners
    Gaza war damage photo by Mohamad Zaanoun, International Health Partners

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      Being Human Webinar

      What does it mean to be human?

      In this webinar, Karl Faase is being joined by Jo Frost to look at the question, What does it mean to be human. Jo Frost is Author of the book and video series, ‘Being Human’ and will grapple with the idea of what it is to view the world through the Being Human lens. She will consider questions such as What is Jesus on about when he offers us ‘life to the full’? And look at the cultural stories are shaping our identity. Also, what makes humanity unique and what is the invitation that God extends? 

      On Tuesday, 12 March 2024 at 7pm  

      RESERVE YOUR TICKET 

      Trauma Recovery Course

      Reboot Trauma Recovery

      This three-day, faith-based course is focused on healing from trauma.  While aimed at Service-related trauma, REBOOT courses are being offered to the wider community suffering from all forms of trauma. This includes victims of crime, DV, childhood trauma, disability, grief and ongoing illness.
      One veteran on average dies by suicide every 2 weeks, making suicide amongst our service community is at an epidemic.

      Free to attend. Childcare is not available. For more info contact Andy & Zoe Cullen: 0420 462 845 or email: info@rebootau.org

      From Wednesday 13, March to Friday, 15 March
      9am to 2pm
      (Graduation Ceremony on Friday night, 6pm – 8pm)  

      At Wrest Point Hotel Hobart, Drysdale Room – 410 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay 

      REGISTER ONLINE

      Heartlands Summer 2024 – out now

      By Women, for Women

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

      Read more…

      Heartlands News

      New College Roadshow

      Frank W Boreham College launch

      The Frank W Boreham College will be launched on 5 March at Hobart Baptist Church.  It will provide ministry and theological education, training, and reflection for our pastors, leaders, and members across Tasmania. Realising this exciting vision means Tasmanian Baptists now have the capacity to provide qualified training within the State.

      The new college is made possible by a partnership with both Kairos and Whitley.

      David will visit the state in early March and travel to all three regions to discuss what further theological education can look like, from diploma to doctorate. He will explain the Kairos subscription-based education model of learning. This model surrounds each student with a team of mentors who, along with the student, determine the student’s education and formation pathway.   

      The following informal evenings are open to anyone. 

      • Wednesday 6 March 7.30pm at Hobart Baptist Church
        Hosted by Stephen Baxter, 0417 313 273  
      • Thursday 7 March 7.30pm at Newstead Baptist Church
        Hosted by Dan Hutchison, 0457 765 907  
      • Friday 8 March 7.30pm at Burnie Baptist Church
        Hosted by Matty Coppin, 9484 064 490  

      Please contact Stephen, Dan, or Matty, ASAP if you plan to attend. 

      Hear about the Kairos subscription-based education model of learning

      Have you thought of Mentoring?  

      Fostering Hope Info Session for Mentoring

      Interested in being a mentor for a child growing up in foster care?
      Do you know someone in your church community who would be a great mentor?  
      Fostering Hope is a Tasmanian Christian organisation caring for children growing up in out-of-home care (foster and kinship care) and currently has children waiting for mentors. 

      Mentoring online information session: Tuesday, 27 February at 12:00pm.  

      This short movie explains how mentoring can make a difference and could be perfect to show at your Sunday service or small group meeting.   

      The Mentoring Program is for children growing up in care. The program recruits, trains, screens and then matches Christian mentors with a child.  

      For children growing up in care, there are lots of adults in their life who are paid to be there. Mentors are someone who chooses to turn up and be there for a child regardless of what’s gone on for them. It is powerful for both the child and the mentor.  

      Every relationship is designed around the child and mentor. The regular time commitment is dependent on the mentor’s availability.  

      Upcoming training days are Saturday, 2 March in Launceston and Saturday, 16 March in Hobart.

      Register online here  or email mentoring@fosteringhope.net.au if you have questions.  

      Interested in being a mentor for a child growing up in foster care?

      City Prayer

      Church Together Prayer Meetings for Hobart

      Church Together invites all Christians to attend their monthly prayer meetings for the city in 2024. 

      Upcoming Church Together prayer meetings for 2024:  
      – 28 February at Hobart City Church of Christ (8 Goulburn St, Hobart) 
      – 27 March at Hobart Baptist Church (282 Elizabeth St, Nth Hobart) 

      Arrive at 7.15am for a 7.30am start. Finishes at 8.30am.  

      Prayer meetings will continue throughout 2024 on the last Wednesday of the month. Contact Sharyn Hill on 0409 855 880 or email info@churchtogethertasmania.com 

      Plan to pray and gather together as His Church across Hobart

      Workshop for churches on CYSOF

      New Child and Youth Safe Organisation Framework legislation 

      Olive Road and Fostering Hope are running a workshop on Child and Youth Safe Organisation Framework (CYSOF) legislation. 

      The workshop is on Thursday, the 14 March 2024 at the Grace Centre, Rokeby,  from 9.30pm to 2.30pm. 

      The workshop will provide an opportunity for attendees to grapple with the new CYSOF legislation and to share resources and ideas to develop the required policies and processes that will ensure ongoing compliance with the new Framework.   

      Anyone from not-for-profit organisations and churches in Hobart would benefit from this workshop to gain a better understanding of the new legislation.

      Time will be given to the new Reportable Conduct Scheme and new strict timeframes on reporting to the regulator. The workshop will also focus on how organisations or churches might comply with the ten Child and Youth Safe Standards.   

      If you, or someone within your organisation or church, are keen to attend, or if a weekend or evening session would suit better, contact Mary Blake, Exec. Officer, Fostering Hope on m. 0423 365 988 or email mary@fosteringhope.net.au.

      There’s more information about the Child and Youth Safe Organisations Framework here

      Kids playing outside
      Working for a Child and Youth Safe Organisation

      Gaza Crisis Update

      From Baptist World Aid Australia

      Around 1.9 million people in Gaza have been displaced since the war started three months ago, when Hamas launched a terrorist attack on innocent civilians in Israel. 

      People are sheltering in overcrowded school buildings, churches, and medical centres; some are even pitching tents on the street. This has left families vulnerable as winter hits, with temperatures dropping down to 10 degrees at night. 

      Gaza is also experiencing a healthcare crisis.  

      Baptist World Aid Partners in the region are distributing aid to families, including medical items, medicines, hygiene kits, mattresses and blankets, and food packages. They are also continuing to provide medical supplies and other essentials to families in the West Bank and Lebanon, where civil unrest and violent attacks are rising.  

      Here is a lament written late last year as preparation to pray for protection and relief for families in the Middle East.  

      If you’d like to consider giving, visit Baptist World Aid here. 

      Gaza war damage photo by Mohamad Zaanoun, International Health Partners
      Gaza war damage photo by Mohamad Zaanoun, International Health Partners

      New Pastor Welcome

      Matu Christian Church welcome Rev Kosen

      Rev. Maddy Svoboda from Summerhill Baptist welcomed Mr Kosen to Matu Christian Church on Sunday, 4 February.

      Matu Christian Church meet every Sunday afternoon at Newstead Baptist Church at 2pm. 

      Free One-Day Workshop

      S.A.N.C.T.U.A.R.Y approach to family violence

      The Anglican Diocese of Tasmania is offering a free one-day workshop for Church Leaders and Pastoral Carers. The S.A.N.C.T.U.A.R.Y approach to domestic violence is a guide for churches that offers a theologically-informed lens on domestic violence and how individual churches can create safe spaces for women and children who have experienced domestic violence.  

      The intention and prayer of the workshop is that Tasmanian churches reflect God’s care for the abused and vulnerable and that churches be places of safety.  

      S.A.N.C.T.U.A.R.Y Sanctuary logo

      The S.A.N.C.T.U.A.R.Y training can be taken either an person or online and is open to church leaders and pastoral carers from any denomination for use within the local church context. All training materials will be available to those who attend. 

      The workshop is on Saturday, 17 February 2024 at Wellspring Anglican Church, Hobart or online on Saturday, 2 March 2024.  

      Both workshops run from 9:30am to 3pm and include: 
      – Comprehensive information relating to domestic violence 
      – Tactics used by abusers 
      – Impact of family violence on children: brain development, trauma etc. 
      – Spiritual abuse and misuse of scripture to justify or maintain coercive control 
      – Potential theological blockages to reporting domestic abuse 
      – Theology and Biblical messages of love, justice, respect & equality 
      – Exploring what Sanctuary might look like in your church. 

      Ann Herbert is facilitating the workshops. An experienced facilitator and Elder at Citywide Baptist Church, Ann leads Citywide Baptist’s Sanctuary Care ministry. She has previously managed the Social Policy Unit in the Tasmanian Government Department of Premier and Cabinet and oversaw implementation of a wide range of social policies, including the Tasmanian Government’s Family Violence Action Plan. 

      Register here or for more information contact Kristy Crouch on 0403 957 106 or email kristy.crouch@gmail.com

      Tasmanian Baptist Calendar 2024 

      EVENTDATE
      Tasmanian Baptist Council24 February
      Pastors and Leaders Muster (Hobart)5-6 March
      Launch of Frank W. Boreham College5 March
      Roadshow (North)7 March
      Roadshow (Northwest)8 March
      Mid-Year Assembly   11 May
      Tasmanian Baptist Council15 June  
      Pastors and Leaders Muster, Family-friendly (Devonport)9-11 July
      Tasmanian Baptist Council7 September
      Pastors and Leaders Muster (Launceston)10-11 September
      Annual Assembly19 October
      Tasmanian Baptist Council16 November

      Foundations Course

      Burnie Baptist hosts one week discipleship course in January

      On Sunday 21 January, Burnie Baptist church welcomed people from all over the world as they hosted a one-week discipleship course called “Foundations.”  Along with Burnie Baptist, four other Tasmanian Baptist Churches, as well as students from India, Indonesia, Japan, Brazil and Canada, joined the ‘whole-of-life’ discipleship course, which is run as either a one week intensive or 10 week course (one night a week, plus two Saturdays). The strongly Bible-based course concluded with a highly successful community festival.   Afterwards, feedback from participants was very positive. Some participants, who had been in the church for many years, said that Foundations gave them a new way of seeing both faith and mission.

      Watch our video of participant reflections here.  As a result, both Citywide Baptist and Burnie Baptist are hoping to run 10-week version of the course later this year. 

      Participating students in the ‘whole-of-life’ discipleship course.
      Participating students in the ‘whole-of-life’ discipleship course.

      SU Schools Sunday in February

      Encouraging students and school staff

      Schools Sunday in February is an excellent way to encourage Christian students and school staff members at the beginning of the year. It’s an opportunity to remember that God goes with students and teachers everyday as they attend school. The day provides churches with an opportunity to set aside time during a Sunday service in February to focus on schools and support young people and the local school community. Scripture Union runs the initiative and also provides resources to support churches as they celebrate the day. Resources are available on the SU website or in their PDF Resource Pack. Additionally, the pack provides different ideas for either a complete intergenerational Sunday service or a short segment within a regular service.  Churches can choose a date early in the school year to celebrate and encourage students and school staff members.

      Schools Sunday supports young people and the local school community.
      Schools Sunday supports young people and the local school community.

      Position Vacant

      Youth and Children’s worker wanted

      Citywide Baptist (Mornington/Lenah Valley) are searching for a Youth and Children’s worker with the ability to think outside the box, lead teams and mentor young people. Click here for details.

      Citywide are looking for someone who wants to make a difference for kids and young people.
      Citywide are looking for someone who wants to make a difference for kids and young people.

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      Our New College!

      Frank W Boreham College

      Announcing

      Frank W Boreham College

      News from the Tasmanian Baptist Council

      Launch event: Tuesday 5th March at the Tasmanian Baptist Pastors’ Muster, Hobart
      Contact Jenna Blackwell (jenna@tasbaptists.org.au) to find out more.

      Study in Tasmania, in Your Church

      Do you . . . sense God’s call to ignite your faith? Want to dig deeper into Christ? Long to serve God more fully and experience transformation and liberation in your life? If you answer YES! to one or more of these questions, we have some exciting news for you.

      Soon, you can join with fellow Baptists from across Tasmania in a unique six-month training program.

      Whether you just left school or are retired, employed or unemployed, beginning a life of faith or well along the journey. If you need a change, desire to find God’s direction, or just to learn, this is a wonderful opportunity!

      The College will provide a pathway to undergraduate, graduate ministry and theological qualifications

      The training is part of the newly established Frank W Boreham College recently set up by Tasmanian Baptists. The College will provide a learning journey in Tasmania, specific to Tasmania, taken alongside fellow Tasmanian Baptists.

      Ultimately, the College will provide a pathway to undergraduate, graduate ministry and theological qualifications through partnerships with Whitley College, Melbourne and Kairos University in North America.

      Those who successfully complete the six-month course will obtain an Undergraduate Certificate in Divinity with the Melbourne University of Divinity, and go on to further study if they desire.

      Interested?

      DOWNLOAD the course Brochure (1.4MB) >

      CONTACT US! Use the Contact form below to register your interest.

      Why “Frank W Boreham” College?

      Frank W Boreham (1871-1959) is one of the best-selling Australian authors of all time and perhaps its least known.

      Frank W Boreham College namesake

      He was pastor at Hobart Baptist Church from 1906-16, serving his people through the difficult early war years. During that time he began a biographical series for the Mercury newspaper which, over the next 40 years, covered 2000 people.

      He edited the Southern Baptist, and later the weekly Australian Baptist, and in 1910 became President of the Tasmanian Baptist Union. Between 1912 and 1959 he contributed 2500 editorials to the Mercury.

      His life’s work of 80 publications included religious works, homiletic essays and novels and sold over one million copies.

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