Specialist Ministries

Specialist Ministry Networks are groups of church leaders and pastors who share a passion and developed skills in specific areas of ministry. They gather in various ways – meetings, mentoring networks, seminars and online – to develop vision and ministry resources for the Baptist Union of Victoria.
Some of these groups gather around specific age-group ministry, others around specialised aspects of ministry. All are valued for the contribution they bring to our life together. While not directly funded by the BUV budget, the BUV office provides some support services in personalised support and communication.
The current list of Specialist Ministry Groups is as follows:

Network Current Activities/Purpose Key contact BUV contact

Early Childhood /

Playgroups

Provides a reference point for resources, ideas, training and advice for playgroup leaders with a focus on playgroups being a mission for the church.

The Christian Playgroup Network encourages, equips and supports Christian playgroup leaders to effectively coordinate church playgroups that demonstrate and communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Ruth Kernick

www.cpn.org.au

Kimberly Smith

Children and Families

Provides events for networking, discussing issues and mentoring Children and Families Pastors

Kimberly Smith

Kimberly Smith

Second Half Ministry and Mission Group

Provides training events that catalyse churches to develop models of spirituality, discipleship and mission for older adults

Lyn Hunter

Jonathan Stark

Worship and Creative Arts

Provides an ecumenical network of worship and creative arts pastors and training and consultancies for churches wanting to develop in worship and creative arts ministries

Denise Ham

Lyn Williams

Online Mission

Provides a network for leaders who seek to serve churches with effective IT and communications technology, social networking and effective online mission

Melissa Rule

Melissa Rule

Generations Leaders

Provides mentoring, training and retreats for children, youth & young adults pastors

Kimberly Smith

Kimberly Smith

Multi Staff Pastors Network

Provides shared learning and opportunities to make a wider missional contribution to the BUV for pastors of churches with multiple staff

Bill Brown

Daniel Bullock

Baptist Ministers Victoria

Provides a support, resourcing and advocacy group for Victorian Baptist pastors who choose to become members

Jonathan Stark

Jonathan Stark

Social Justice

Provides a network for leaders who want to motivate conversations and action in advocacy for change around issues of justice.

Jess Groszek

Melissa Rule

Karen Pastors Network

Provides opportunity for pastors of Karen Churches(and pastors of the landlord churches of Karen congregations) to share ministry issues and support Karen employment initiatives

Marg Moran

Meewon Yang

Church Planters Network

Provides opportunity for mutual support, learning and inspiration for church planters

Gayle Hill

Gayle Hill

Pioneers Network

Provides collective support and learning to missional leaders involved in innovative projects

Gayle Hill

Gayle Hill

Victorian Baptist Women

Empowering women for ministry

Omega Raimundo

Jonathan Stark

Op Shops Network

Networking for organisers of community development through op shops

Brent Lyons-Lee

Brent Lyons-Lee

Property Development

Supporting property development to enable community development and social enterprise in the BUV

Brent Lyons-Lee

Brent Lyons-Lee

Migrant Resourcing

Support and development network for faith communities offering food support and hospitality

Brent Lyons-Lee

Brent Lyons-Lee

Food ministry Support and development network for faith communities offering food support and hospitality Brent Lyons-Lee Brent Lyons-Lee

Social enterprise

Support and resourcing for faith communities exploring social enterprise

Brent Lyons-Lee

Brent Lyons-Lee

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