In Case You Missed It – June 2023

From our churches


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The New Rev Foley

On March 12th, James Foley was ordained at Salisbury Baptist Church by BCSA President Scott Cadman. Joined by Director of Ministries Melinda Cousins, and Salisbury Baptist Chair Matthew Hubrechsen, who both made statements. Members of Zo Baptist Church laid hands, prayed, and dressed James and his wife Rachelle in traditional Zo shawls.

James thanked those who prayed for him and encouraged people to pray that God raises up more ‘workers for his harvest’. Director of Accreditation Mike Bartlett preached from 1 Corinthians 13, and called us all to participate in the kind of love that anticipates our resurrection life, and ministers particularly to be prophetic visionaries of that love. 

Simon Lalich welcomed to Millicent Baptist

Simon Lalich was inducted as the new pastor at Millicent Baptist Church

Make time for your partner and your marriage: Growing Together in Marriage Retreats 2023

In 2023 we are inviting married couples, no matter what stage or age, to try to balance the busyness and prioritise their partner and marriage!

On the weekend, there is no group discussion or public sharing of your marriage! The Team couples share honestly and openly of their personal experiences and insights, sometimes out of pain and sometimes with humour, about different aspects of marriage. Following each session opportunity is given for couples to discuss their responses in the privacy of their own room.

Retreat weekends in 2023:

  • August 25 – 27
  • October 27 – 29

This year all weekends will be held at Abbotsford Country House, Lyndoch. 

For more information contact Rob & Lee Allen (0438 892 980) Steve & Val D’Arcy (0402 983 154) or see for details and registration.

New book from Doug Rowston: All You Need is Good News: Paul’s letter to Rome

All You Need is Good News treats Paul’s letter to Rome as tragedy, comedy, dilemma, and fairy tale. Paul has expounded the tragedy of our sinfulness, the comedy of God’s grace, the dilemma of rejection and acceptance of  the Messiah, and the fairy tale of the divine transformation of human life. The impact of Romans is noted on significant figures throughout history. This book is designed for personal and group study of Paul’s greatest letter. 

‘In All You Need is Good News: Paul’s letter to Rome, Doug Rowston has combined a great balance of the English text with analysis of the message for both then and now, providing both a prayer and searching questions for each section, plus plenty of references to further resources.’  – Dr Rosalind Gooden

‘Creatively employing a framework of Tragedy, Comedy, Dilemma and Fairy Tale, Doug Rowston succeeds in capturing something of the performative quality of a text that was written to be “performed” (read aloud) when presented to the original recipients.’ – Dr Tim Harris

‘Filled with details gathered from a lifetime of study, Doug Rowston is a well-informed guide who wants to encourage his readers – both individuals and small groups – towards a devotional (and life-shaping) encounter with the good news of Jesus found in Paul’s letter to the Romans.’ – Dr Stephen Spence 

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