Notice of Ordinary Assembly
Ordinary Assembly and Accreditation Service Postponed
Dear Pastors, Leaders, Church Secretaries and Administrators,
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation across Greater Sydney, current Stay-at-Home Orders and the likelihood that restrictions of some form will continue, it is clear that it will be either impractical or impossible to hold our Ordinary Assembly and Accreditation Service in person as scheduled on Saturday 4 September 2021.
Vacancies on our Assembly Council and Morling College Council are due to be voted on at this Assembly, however our Constitution does not provide for voting to take place online at an Ordinary Assembly. Assembly Council has therefore resolved to postpone our Ordinary Assembly and Accreditation Service and reschedule both events to Saturday 6 November 2021.
Assembly Council has also agreed to extend the time period for nominations for vacancies on Assembly Council and Morling College Council to be received. The new deadline for nominations to be received by the Secretary of Assembly Council is Wednesday 6 October 2021.
The Accreditation Service is due to follow our Ordinary Assembly and this holds significance for our Accreditands and our movement. If it is impractical or unsafe to proceed with our Ordinary Assembly and our Accreditation Service in person on Saturday 6 November 2021, the Accreditation event will still take place in another format, and the Assembly will be cancelled. We hope of course that this will not be the case.
All delegates and family and friends who have registered to attend our Ordinary Assembly and/or Accreditation Service will have their registration transferred over to our rescheduled date of Saturday 6 November 2021. If you would prefer a refund or have any further questions, please contact our Events Coordinator, Emma Meyer.
As we find ourselves again in an unknown season and continue to be separated from loved ones and our church communities, we encourage you to be praying for one another and our nation. In times of isolation, interruption and discouragement, may you find peace and comfort knowing that we serve an all-knowing and all-loving God and we can trust Him to lead us through this season.
May our God of peace and comfort fill you with all wisdom, strength and protection during this time.
Deputy Chair of Assembly Council
Secretary of Assembly Council
Psalm 27:14 “I will remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord, be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord”.
Dear Pastors, Church Secretaries and Administrators,
You are invited to be part of our Ordinary Assembly and Accreditation Service to be held on Saturday 6 November 2021.
Our Ordinary Assembly is a time to reflect on all that God is doing amongst us, discern his purposes and will for us and to join together with others across our movement as we celebrate how Jesus continues to lead us.
717 Smithfield Road, EDENSOR PARK NSW 2176
Canberra Baptist Church
Dubbo Baptist Church
Wagga Wagga Baptist Church
The Hub Grafton Baptist Church
Tamworth Baptist Church
Mayfield Baptist Church
*If the one person per 4sqm rule is still in place for our Assembly,
an additional Sydney venue will be opened.
Saturday 6 November 2021, 9:30am (sign in available from 8:30am)
Accreditation Service, 2:00pm (Main venue only. The service will also be livestreamed.)
The program will commence at 9:30am with Worship and Devotion
$0, including morning tea
Lunch available at our main venue for $15 per person.
Visit here by Saturday 30 October 2021 for voting church delegates and alternate delegates and Saturday 6 November 2021 for all other members of Assembly including Accredited and Lead Pastors, and attendees. We strongly encourage you to register before the day as we cannot guarantee you a seat at any of the venues until your registration is confirmed.
Registrations for the Accreditation Service will open shortly.
WHAT WILL BE HAPPENING AT THIS ASSEMBLY:
Our hope is that our 2021 Ordinary Assembly will be an opportunity to discuss the continued outworking of the Gen1K Strategic Priorities and be a time of discernment and affirmation of God’s leading for several positions that remain on our Assembly Council and Morling College Council following our Annual Assembly in May 2021.
It will also be an opportunity to further discuss some significant matters and to keep you up to date following our Special Assembly earlier this year.
Documentation for all matters will be placed on our Annual Assembly portal here as they are available, and no later than Friday 22 October 2021.
Information and forms regarding nominations to fill vacancies on the Assembly Council and Morling College Council can be found here. The following positions are available for election on both Councils:
- Assembly Council: two vacancies
- Morling College Council: three vacancies
Vacancies to be filled at our Ordinary Assembly will be for a term of 2 years and 8 months, to bring into alignment with all other elected positions traditionally filled at our Annual Assembly each year.
Please prayerfully consider nominating suitable people for these vacancies. Nominations close on Wednesday 6 October 2021 and details of those nominated for election to these positions will be placed on the Assembly website by Friday 15 October 2021.
With respect to Assembly Council, the Council provides the following observations and information for potential nominators:
The Council wishes to highlight that ideally, its composition would reflect the diversity in our movement of churches more closely. Having an appropriate mix of skills and giftings on the council is also important. Nominees with the following attributes would bring more diversity to the Council: female members, persons under 35, persons with particular financial expertise and persons who bring a regional perspective. The role of Assembly Council is summarised here.
If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Shelley Cattell, Secretary to Assembly Council.
Ordinary Assembly Documents
Following our Ordinary Assembly, our Accreditation Service will be a time for us to praise God and celebrate with 16 accreditands as they express their commitment to follow God’s call in their life and step into ministry as they serve across a number of churches within our movement!
The Ordinary Assembly and Accreditation Service will be livestreamed for those unable to attend a venue in person and/or unable to travel to one of the available locations. Please note that voting and interaction is not available via the livestream.
Jamie Long – Assembly Council Chair
Shelley Cattell – Assembly Council Secretary