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
for the Kingdom
- Intentional discipleship
- Empowering Emerging Leaders
Resourcing the Kingdom
- Exploring Mission engagement
EMERGE is a commitment of the BUV to resource an intentional leadership development pathway for emerging leaders, in partnership with local churches or agencies.
‘Emerging’ is inclusive of, but not exclusive to, the younger demographic.
In 2021 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
- 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 great opportunity for ministry leadership teams to access some training and equipping and reflect on it together.
- Track 3 – Leader Retreats, is geared towards the next generation of key staff leaders.
Each track is facilitated by Kimberly Smith and Bill Brown, along with other members of the BUV Support Hub and with occasional input from a range of other experienced missional leaders. 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. 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 almost 33 years. Kimberly and Bill each have a teaching background.
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.
Generations Leadership Team
Sulari Nielsen – Newport Baptist Church
Andy Mitchell – Beaumaris Baptist Church
Brad Hayman – Sale Baptist Church
Sean Lee – City Baptist Church
Jon Coombs – Rowville Baptist Church