Young Adults Pastor Opportunity
Established for over 80 years, Ashburton Baptist (ABC) is a church recognised by many for its ‘wide-open welcome’ and strong community focus. At its core is an inclusive nature and passion for creative and practical expressions of ‘living out’ Jesus’ message through a variety of social justice initiatives and relational and caring ministries in the local and wider communities. It is also passionate about nurturing and growing its community from within, so that people are not just made welcome, but also have the opportunity to engage as well as be supported - to grow spiritually and otherwise - and to thrive.
Critical to the continued growth of any faith community is the way it nurtures the needs and development of its youth and young adults. ABC has a strong history of finding ways to engage, connect, support and give voice to this significant cohort with its capacity to add so much to our greater community.
With this in mind, we seek to appoint an Associate Pastor with a focus on Youth and Young Adults. We would like this person to start in the role as soon as possible.
Applications close on 12th May 2017.
Applications, including a cover letter and a completed Pastor Info Pro Forma available from this link, should be addressed to
Ms Cathryn Mobbs
Chair – Young Adults Pastor Search Committee
Ashburton Baptist Church
P.O. Box 300
Ashburton VIC 3147
Church Meeting 19 Feb 2017
There will be a Church Meeting following morning worship on Sunday 19th February. Items on the agenda include updates on ministries with Children, Youth and Young Adults, WellSpring Board appointments and Finance.
You may like to read the report Celebrating Children and Young Families at ABC.
Here is the summary of the 2016 Financial results that will be presented at the meeting.
ABC Revised Constitution
The current Ashburton Baptist Church constitution has been in place for more than forty years. It was last revised in 1991 by the addition of Annex A “Arrangements for Membership Applications other than by Adult Baptism”.
Since it was adopted there have been many changes to the way the church operates, the legislative environment (e.g. the need to be registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission”) and community expectations.
The Baptist Union of Victoria (BUV) encourages member churches to regularly review and update their constitution to enable compliance with current governance standards and expectations. To support churches in doing so, the BUV has published a model constitution.
Safe Church Policy
Ashburton Baptist Church has had a Safe Church policy in place for several years but new standards will become mandatory from 1 January 2017. In their November meeting, the deacons endorsed a new Safe Church and Child Safe Policy and related procedures. These have been developed in line with the Baptist Union of Victoria Safe Church Manual and also the guide prepared by the Commission for Children and Young People.
The new policy will be presented to members at a church meeting in February. It is important for all people at ABC to be aware of the policy and to understand how it affects our programs. Training for program leaders will be provided in 2017.
Would you please take a few minutes to read the Safe Church and Child Safe Policy.