Heartlands Autumn/Winter 2024

Break Free - Heartlands for Women. By EmpowHer

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

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    COMING IN 2025

    The Day of Wonder

    Refresh: Body, Mind and Spirit

    Save the Date! The EmpowHer Day of Wonder will take place on Saturday 29 March 2025.

    The keynote speaker will be Melissa Lipsett, CEO of Baptist World Aid Australia. Melissa is a sought after speaker at women’s events around Australia, and it is a privilege to have her attend.

    WHO All women are welcome!
    WHEN Saturday 29 March 2025
    WHERE Riverlands Longford
    As this is a statewide event we are gathering centrally.

    READ Women: The Change Makers
    In this article, Melissa Lipsett explains the impact of women who are empowered to change their world.


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    BE INSPIRED

    Breaking Free of the Old . . .

    . . . and taking hold of the NEW

    Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a never-ending loop? Caught in the same old patterns, day after day? You’re not alone.

    By EmpowHer State Coordinator, Jenny Baxter


    EmpowHer Calendar of Events

    EVENTLOCATIONDATE
    LAUNCH: Women Leaders’ NetworkLauncestonSaturday 18 May 2024
    RETREAT: Day of Presence
    See more below!
    Maydena20-22 September 2024
    World Day of PrayerCitywide MorningtonSaturday 9 November 2024
    DAY OF WONDERRiverlands LongfordSaturday 29 March 2025

    TASMANIAN WOMEN CONNECT

    Women Leaders Network Launches

    Gather. Grow. Encourage.

    On Saturday 18 May, in Launceston, a small group of women gathered to launch the Women Leaders’ network, Tasmania. Visiting from Perth WA, founder Karen Wilson laid out the vision and the exciting developments so far.

    The Women Leaders Network provides a platform for women leaders to come together, listen to the voice of God, grow collectively, and encourage one another. When mobilized as a force for good, women bring immense strength, capable of driving transformational change within their local and national communities.

    Four years ago, God gave Karen 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 (shown above). 

    If you have not already indicated your interest, please sign up by scanning the QR code,
    OR visit globalleadership.org.au/wln-contact/

    Read More about WLN >


    A SOUTHERN RETREAT

    The Day of Presence

    Friday 20, until early Sunday 22 September, 2024

    Are you looking to get away for a day or two and discover more about God?
    Do you need some time to escape the hustle-bustle of your life, to quietly rest in God’s presence?

    The Day of Presence will be held in Maydena in Southern Tasmania to create space for busy women to stop, experience God’s presence, and B-R-E-A-T-H-E.

    Numbers are limited so make sure you watch out for more details.
    OR …
    To be extra sure you get a spot, please flick us an email! empowher@tasbaptists.org.au


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    Heartlands Autumn/Winter 2024

    Break Free

    Break Free - Heartlands for Women. By EmpowHer

    What’s Holding You Back?

    A Journey of Transformation

    By EmpowHer State Coordinator, Jenny Baxter

    Be inspired to step out of a personal rut and into a brighter future

    Do you ever feel stuck in a never-ending loop? Caught in the same old patterns, day after day? You’re not alone. We all battle with our own ruts—whether it’s overeating (hello, chocolate lovers!), overworking (those deadlines can be brutal), or other habits which keep us from living our fullest lives.

    But here’s the good news: You don’t have to stay trapped in those patterns forever. Phew!

    It’s a struggle that has plagued humanity for centuries. Some call it “sin”—a loaded word, perhaps, but fitting when these habits hinder our growth and well-being.

    Even long ago, in the days of Jesus, people grappled with these challenges. Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians (2:1-3), described it vividly:

    It wasn’t so long since you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world dictate how to live, filling your lungs with polluted unbelief and exhaling disobedience. We were all in the same boat.

    But here’s the twist: God didn’t lose patience with us. Instead, in His immense mercy and love, He embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. Imagine that—the Creator of the universe reaching down to lift us up, setting us in the highest heavens alongside Jesus, our Messiah.

    My paraphrase based on The Message Bible

    Realizations for Transformation

    As you contemplate changing your present to shape a different future, consider these two powerful realizations:

    You Are a Unique Work of Art: You’re not just a random collection of cells. You’re a masterpiece, lovingly crafted by an awesome Creator. Your quirks, talents, and flaws—all part of the canvas that makes you uniquely you.

    Bury the Past, Embrace the Future: God doesn’t want your past to hold you captive. Whether you’ve fully left behind old ways, still struggle with them, or haven’t yet encountered Christ, there’s hope. Your future isn’t determined by your past.

    You’re a masterpiece, lovingly crafted by an awesome Creator.

    Break Free . . .

    . . . and Change your Future

    We all wrestle with cravings—chocolate, caffeine, TV, you name it. But did you know that our desires stem from our thoughts? Change your thinking, and you can change your destiny. Creating change in your life is almost always a mind game. You are the only one who chooses your response to every situation. Paul’s advice in Romans 12:1-2 (MSG) echoes this:

    “Take your everyday life—sleeping, eating, working—and offer it to God. Don’t conform mindlessly to culture; fix your attention on God. He’ll transform you from the inside out, developing maturity.”

    My paraphrase based on The Message Bible

    So, why not? If you break free from those ruts, embrace transformation, and live your fullest life, things will change.

    It is the life that you are meant for.

    TAKING IT FURTHER If you would like to move ahead in your transformational journey, Jenny is ready to work with you. To express your interest in personal mentoring or coaching, please get in touch: jenny@tasbaptists.org.au


    Jenny Baxter

    Jenny Baxter lives in Hobart, is married to Stephen, and enjoys walking by the beach, making sourdough cinnamon scrolls, and encouraging women

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    Women, the Change-Makers

    Self-help group in Bangladesh; change makers
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    Pictured Above: A self-help group meets

    Deep Thought

    The Change Makers

    Melissa Lipsett, CEO Baptist World Aid, explains the impact of women who are 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 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, I could see that poverty is effectively diminished and girls attend school.

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

    I wonder if what would happen if we were too?

    Melissa Lipsett

    Melissa Lipsett is the CEO of Baptist World Aid and is the keynote speaker at the coming EmpowHer Day of Wonder in March 2025.

    Melissa is a servant leader, playing active roles across the church and Christian humanitarian aid and development sector. She believes leadership matters, and so does the call of God on our lives.  She is an outspoken advocate for the importance of hearing women’s voices and empowering them to use their God given gifts and graces for the sake of our world.

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    More Deep Thought

    The Sound of Silence by Denise Stephenson
    Courage to Make a Difference by Mark Wilson
    Just Mercy by Michael Henderson


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    This article was first published in reCharge, Nov/Dec 2022

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    Change Makers

    Reap the Rewards of Transition

    Facing the Future - 2024 here we come, Heartlands news

    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: jb@jennybaxter.com.au


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      WHAT WILL FOLLOW THE DAY OF COURAGE?

      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: empowher@tasbaptists.org.au

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      BE INSPIRED

      2024 Here We Come

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

      Facing the Future - 2024 here we come, Heartlands news

      TASMANIAN WOMEN CONNECT GLOBALLY

      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.


      A VIDEO to CHALLENGE YOU

      Karen Wilson Sees Differently

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


      TODAY’S THOUGHT

      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?


      MICAH WOMEN LEADER’S NETWORK*

      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

      GUEST SPEAKERS
      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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        WOMEN GATHERED!

        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.


        BE INSPIRED

        GOD WHISPERS

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

        God Whispers

        BOOKS to SAVOUR

        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 >
        Blog margmowczko.com
        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.

        TODAY’S THOUGHT

        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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        Heartlands Spring 2023

        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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          NCLS Webinar for Leaders

          Thriving and Resilient Leadership, 11am and 7.30pm Wednesday 2 August 2023

          NCLSLeadershipWebinar, 2nd August 2023

          NCLS Research presents a webinar on “Thriving and Resilient Leadership: Latest findings and reflections on resilience, fulfilment and thriving in church leadership post-COVID”.

          This webinar explores how Australian church leaders are coping, and what factors contribute to their resilience. Findings are based on the results from the 2021-22 NCLS Leader Survey by NCLS Research.

          You will discover:

          • What does thriving look like and what is burnout?
          • How has it changed in Australian church leadership over the past five years? Are current practices sustainable?
          • What are the personal foundations contributing to resilience and sustainable leadership?
          • Practical ministry implications: Case studies and guiding principles for leaders.

          Speakers

          Sam Sterland, Senior Researcher of NCLS Research, will present research findings on leader wellbeing and resilience, and responses to COVID-19.

          Guest speaker Tim Dyer will provide his reflections on the implications of these findings for ministry and mission.

          Youth Alive Undivided

          NORTH: 6pm 18th August | NW: 6pm 19th August | SOUTH: 6pm 25th August

          In August, Youth Alive are running “Undivided”three regional youth gatherings. They would love to invite your youth ministry and young people!

          Youth Alive’s mission is to reach young people with the message of Jesus. They believe these events will see youth ministries united, faith ignited, momentum gained, and young people respond to the Gospel!

          Outreach events are a great way to unite young people, reach youth, and share the truth of Jesus. At every one of these events attendees will be invited to a local church or youth ministry as a next step of faith. They would like to partner with you to help reach the next generation.

          The Youth Alive team are building volunteer teams for each of these events. If you would like to volunteer, please click the button, below.

          Winter Heartlands

          EH Heartlands News - EmpowHer

          Heartlands, the quarterly e-news for women, was released last Friday 14th July.
          There’s lots of good reading here >

          Day of Courage well-grounded

          Day of Courage Registrations are OPEN
          Sat 18th November, ALL WOMEN WELCOME!

          Australian Baptist Women ends
          Find out what happened, and what happens next.

          Heart of God-square

          Being Transformed
          Tuning into the heart of God. By Jenna Blackwell.

          Villain-Origin Story
          Or testimony in-the-making? By Maddie Mandall

          Pastors’ and Families’ Muster

          11th-13th July, Devonport

          The July 2023 Muster was held at Oldaker Christian Church in Devonport. Here, pastors and their families found a comfortable space which was suitable for music ministry, teaching, eating and a great children’s program.

          During the Muster, guest speaker Bree Mills explained her work around the idea of “micro-church”. This included how we might better disciple people, by adding small faith-based communities to our local church contexts. Read Bree’s article about Missional Leadership >

          Wednesday afternoon free-time, brought several families together as they headed up to Leven Canyon to enjoy a bushwalk, and one another’s company.

          Thanks must go to Jenna Blackwell for organising the Muster; Bree Mills for coming from Melbourne to speak; Bryce Roberts and Nicole Mayall for caring for the children; and David Pearson and Oldaker Christian Church for their excellent hospitality!

          L to R: Bree Mills; Worship team; Leven Canyon walk; Everyone; Michael Henderson; Bryce and Nic are thanked.

          Some Impressions of the Muster

          • Putting missional intent into all my “activities” can transform them.
          • Great connection and relationship.
          • The overall highlight for me was being with other pastors and families and having a chance to share life.
          • Be Discipling.
          • Motivation to support pioneers and keep them linked onto and supported by the church.
          • Being Together, kids and all. To be intentional Living in the tension of a ‘hybrid’ model.
          • Good tools with implementation guidance with safeguards are always welcome.

          EmpowHer Day of Courage

          Registrations now open!

          On Saturday 18th November, all women are welcome to attend the Day of Courage at Riverlands Longford. The speaker is Karen Wilson, President Baptist World Alliance Women, and CEO of the Gobal Leadership Network Australia. She will explore the topic of being well-grounded.

          Already there is interest across the state, from a broad cross-section of the community. This will be a special day – not to be missed! Postcards are now available to invite your friends and family. If you cannot see them at your church, contact empowher@tasbaptist.org.au.

          Registration covers morning tea, lunch and all materials.

          EARLYBIRD: $45/person – Until 30th August
          FULL PRICE: $55/person – From 31st August

          Day of Courage 2023, register now

          SparkLit Awards Night

          Thursday 31st August

          The 2023 Australian Christian Book of the YearYoung Australian Christian Writer and Australian Christian Teen Writer Awards will be announced and prizes presented during this year’s SparkLit Awards Night on Thursday 31 August. Join in online to celebrate the courage and endeavour of Australian Christian writers! 

          Register now to receive the livestream link (free of charge) to watch the in-person event at St Alfred’s Anglican Church, Blackburn North.

          The Australian Christian Literature Awards encourage Christian writing and publishing that helps people discover Jesus in a way that is authentic and culturally meaningful. The SparkLit Awards recognise and encourage excellence in Australian Christian writing and publishing.

          Intergenerate Conference 2023

          9am-4:30pm, Friday 18th August

          There is a great national conference coming to Hobart (via satellite). This year the theme is: A Gospel for all Ages.

          The conference comes highly recommended by Anthea Maynard (City Baptist, Launceston):

          “I have been part of the national intergenerational resourcing group for a number of years. The speakers are excellent and have practical and thoughtful ways to explore intergenerational faith formation and community engagement. “

          Find out more at the Intergenerate Facebook page >

          Intergenerate - a Gospel for all ages

          NCLS Update

          Checking-in on your church’s health

          Did you know you don’t need to wait five years for the next National Church Life Survey to listen to your church?

          The Church Life Survey, by NCLS Research, is one of the church survey tools available to local churches and can be done anytime. It is an opportunity to check-in regularly and receive updated feedback and insights into church health and vitality, including your congregation’s experience of church life, discernments for the future and willingness to be involved.

          Both paper and online survey options are offered, with a quick turnaround of results. After completion of the Survey, churches will receive a Church Life Profile that provides insights into the life and experiences of church attenders and provide indicators of church health and vitality which can inform and equip future directions for ministry and mission.

          For more information, please visit ncls.org.au/churchlifesurveys

          NCLS Survey - Listen to your church attenders at any time

          Hold Fast Outreach

          The Point are hosting a 25-day Texan Partnership Mission

          Hold Fast Outreach at The Point, ReCharge News July 2023

          Four Texans have arrived in Beauty Point, three of whom have partnered with the church ten times in the last 14 years! The outreach began on 23rd June, and will continue through until 19th July.

          There will be a number of events ranging from Men’s, Women’s, and Kid’s outreach events, including a holiday club and basketball clinic. there will also be Bible studies and several family events.

          CONTACT Rachelle Hawkins for more info on 0409 272 877. 
          DOWNLOAD the brochure, which includes a short bio on the Texans.

          All are welcome to come and be part of it!

          School Chaplains

          Positions Vacant with Scripture Union Tas

          Provide emotional, social, and spiritual support to school communities…

          Scripture Union has multiple chaplaincy positions available across Tasmania. Chaplains provide emotional, social, spiritual, and often practical support to school communities. They are in the prevention and support business: helping students find a better way to deal with issues ranging from family breakdown, loneliness, depression and anxiety.

          SU Chaplaincy models the compassion and unconditional love demonstrated and taught by Jesus, as recorded in the Bible. Chaplains will be sensitive to, respectful of, and available to all regardless of beliefs or religious affiliations. All SU Chaplaincy staff and volunteers are champion a child-safe culture, and commit to the highest standards of safety and care in their work with children, young people and families.

          See positions available in Tasmania >

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          ReCharge News July 2023

          Heartlands Winter 2023

          Heartlands Winter 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

            FOR ALL WOMEN

            EmpowHer Day of Courage

            REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

            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

            NEW-LOOK WOMEN’S MINISTRY

            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

            TUNING INTO THE HEART OF GOD

            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

            BEING WELL-GROUNDED

            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?

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

            EmpowHer

            Heartlands Winter 2023

            Australian Baptist Women Ends

            Australian Baptist Women ends
            Heartlands News

            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
            jenny@tasbaptists.org.au

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