Merging with the Northern Territory: Autumn Assembly Update

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Grange Baptist generously hosted our Autumn Assembly with over 120 attendees on the 19th May. Our President, Rev Scott Cadman, shared a witty reflection on the story of Eutychus (Acts 20). He reminded us not to grow weary in our faith, as Jesus brings unexpected renewal and embraces us with life. Gathering and worshiping together renews, strengthens, and comforts us.

The evening included celebrations and updates. We welcomed Zo Baptist Church as an affiliate member and celebrated five pastoral appointments. Dave Shepherd and Cameron Buchanan were ordained as Reverends. Melinda, our Director of Ministries, shared staffing updates, engagement with the Uluru statement, and news from the National Council meeting.

Inspiring stories included a transformed former prisoner from Grange Baptist, the challenge of supporting first-generation Christians in Malawi, and the success of Easter Camps in connecting youth with God. 

The major news of the night was the unanimous decision to merge with the Baptist Union of the Northern Territory. Our new name will be the Baptist Churches of South Australia and Northern Territory (BCSANT). Whilst there is still significant work required to make this a reality, we are seeing God’s hand at work. Please pray that this will be mutually beneficial for both associations and that together we can grow and flourish as one.

Want to be part of the next Assembly? All are welcome. Speak to your church leadership about becoming a delegate!

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