Groundbreaking conference connects Aussie Baptists

Hundreds gathered in hubs or as individuals for the inaugural Baptists in Mission conference, a decentralised and interactive conversation around best practices in mission.

Presented by Global Interaction and Crossover, and built on Global Interaction’s renowned Strategic Mission Week, over 40 leading thinkers and practitioners presented online from all over Australia and Global Interaction’s international locations.

Director of Crossover Australia, Pastor Andrew Turner spoke of the value of the partnership with Global Interaction.

“Australian Baptists, with a strong sense of the ‘missionary-hood of all believers’, are increasingly aware of the resource that Global Interaction is for developing our capabilities for effective mission here in Australia,” he said.

“Not only is there a sense of ‘the nations have come to us’, but also an increasing appreciation of the benefit of sound missiology in engaging born-and-bred Aussies.”

Crossover Australia, the national Baptist ministry championing evangelism, is renewing its focus on providing encouragement, training and resources that help Australian Baptists share Jesus. Their partnership with Global Interaction for this event sparked financial support from Baptist Financial Services and Baptist Insurance Services, along with the support of every state association and agency.

Andrew spoke of the significance of this nationwide support.

“[It was] a remarkable display of our ‘sleeves rolled up’ unity around our shared calling to the great mission of our great God.”

Author – Andrew Turner

Pastoral changes

Mike Bullard has concluded as the Church and Leaders Support Pastor for Baptist Churches Western Australia. April Madureira has been appointed as the Associate Pastor at The Sanctuary Community Church. Shane Kuchel has concluded as the Associate Pastor at Lakeside Baptist Church and has been appointed the Senior Pastor of Mosaic Church in Queensland. Peter Christofides has concluded as the Pastor of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church’s Coolbellup Campus and has been appointed as the Associate Pastor at Lakeside Baptist Church. Michael Christie has been appointed the Pastor of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church’s Coolbellup Campus. Mark A Wilson is concluding as the Sole Pastor of Dalkeith Baptist Church.