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 /
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.
Children and Families
Provides events for networking, discussing issues and mentoring Children and Families Pastors
Second Half Ministry and Mission Group
Provides training events that catalyse churches to develop models of spirituality, discipleship and mission for older adults
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
Provides a network for leaders who seek to serve churches with effective IT and communications technology, social networking and effective online mission
Provides mentoring, training and retreats for children, youth & young adults pastors
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
Baptist Ministers Victoria
Provides a support, resourcing and advocacy group for Victorian Baptist pastors who choose to become members
Provides a network for leaders who want to motivate conversations and action in advocacy for change around issues of justice.
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
Church Planters Network
Provides opportunity for mutual support, learning and inspiration for church planters
Provides collective support and learning to missional leaders involved in innovative projects
Victorian Baptist Women
Empowering women for ministry
Op Shops Network
Networking for organisers of community development through op shops
Supporting property development to enable community development and social enterprise in the BUV
Support and development network for faith communities offering food support and hospitality
|Food ministry||Support and development network for faith communities offering food support and hospitality||Brent Lyons-Lee||Brent Lyons-Lee|
Support and resourcing for faith communities exploring social enterprise