In line with the BUV’s mandate to “advance the Kingdom of God by empowering leaders for mission” we desire to see Generations Pastors & Leaders who are …


to go the distance

  • Nurturing a heart for God through spiritual practices
  • Personally & relationally healthy
  • Connected to peer networks
  • Mentored & supported


In skills & capacity


for the Kingdom


EMERGE is a commitment of the BUV to resource an intentional leadership development pathway for emerging leaders, in partnership with local churches or agencies.


In 2022 there will be three tracks. Each track aims to assist participants to take the next step in their leadership development. Details of the tracks are outlined below but in summary:

  • Track 1 – a year-long APPRENTICESHIP PATHWAY for people 18-35 who are actively serving in church or community. This pathway is also accredited by Whitley College for two Leadership Elective Units in the ‘build’ Diploma Course.
  • Track 2 – NEXT STEPS, is for any leader or aspiring leader, whatever age, to take a further step in leadership and it is also a wonderful opportunity for ministry leadership teams to access training and equipping and reflect on it together.
  • Track 3 – A COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE of 8-10 Baptist Pastors, geared towards the next generation of key staff leaders and is offered in partnership with Partners in Ministry. Note that there will also be a Community of Practice offered for Senior/Lead Pastors.

Tracks 1 and 2 will be facilitated by Bill Brown and Kimberly Smith, along with other members of the BUV Support Hub and with occasional input from a range of other experienced missional leaders.

Bill is a BUV Pastoral Coach working primarily with emerging leaders and Senior Pastors of the larger churches. Prior to this, he had been both a Youth Pastor for 10 years and the Senior Pastor for 33 years with Syndal Baptist. Kimberly is the BUV Generations and Emerging Leaders Pastor. Prior to this, she was Associate Pastor (Generations and Church Life) with Werribee Baptist, a role she enjoyed and flourished in for over 14 years. Kimberly and Bill each have a teaching background.

Track 3 will be facilitated by Bill and Kimberly, and John Jeffries from Partners in Ministry. John was for many years CEO of CBM and now spends his time coaching, supervising and resourcing church and business leaders. Other experienced leaders from Partners in Ministry will also contribute to Track 3.

More Information

Contact & Connect

Rev Dr Bill Brown, Pastoral Coach 

Bill is a Pastoral Coach with the Baptist Union of Victoria and 3 days/week seeks to help develop missional emerging leaders as well as encouraging and supporting the pastors of the larger churches. He is also Pastor Emeritus of the Syndal Baptist Church where he is employed a day a week in a pastoral role and with whom he also served as Senior Pastor for almost 33 years until mid-2019 and associate pastor for almost 10 years prior to that. He is married to Julia, has 4 adult children and 8 grandchildren.  Before being a pastor, Bill was a secondary school maths teacher. He enjoys sport, especially cricket and football, gardening, reading and music as well as spending time with family and friends.

Kimberly Smith, Generations and Emerging Leaders Pastor

Kimberly Smith joined our team in February, 2018. She was previously on staff at Werribee Baptist Church as an Associate Pastor (Generations and Church Life), a role she enjoyed and flourished in for over 14 years. She is passionate about seeing churches function as true expressions of God’s family; where people of all generations find their place of belonging and purpose, and are equipped and empowered to join God’s mission. Kimberly enjoys engaging her gifts of communication in writing and speaking to various audiences with vulnerability, wisdom and humour. She is experienced in developing leaders and teams and loves to help others identify and step into their unique gifting and call.