Reflections from Stewart Pieper – 31 Aug 2022

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Greetings Pastors,

Thank you to all the leaders, ministry team members from the QB team and those from various QB Churches who have put their hand up to contribute to the 2025 Baptist World Congress Local Arrangements Committee (LAC). Your support and involvement is greatly appreciated! I am pleased to announce that we are in the final stages of appointing a Congress Administrator who will join the LAC, playing a pivotal role in executing the event. We are grateful to Australian Baptist Ministries for their commitment of financial support for this role. We are also looking forward to meeting with Elijah Brown (General Secretary of Baptist World Alliance) and other team members from BWA next week to formally commission and launch the committee.  Elijah will be speaking at the Gateway Baptist Mackenzie campus at 8 am and 10am on Sunday morning the 11th of September and at Riverlife Baptist at 5pm in the evening.   We encourage you to come along and participate in these services if you are able.

A passage of scripture that I have been mediating on and encouraged by as we entered into this significant and daunting task of planning to host a gathering of the worldwide Baptist family, is Isaiah 57:14b-15: “Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstruction from my people’s way.” For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.”

As we commit to the work ahead, we are humbly relying on the Lord our God to provide us will all we need to do all that he has called us to do!

QB Board Update

Last week the QB Board gathered for their annual 3-day retreat at QCCC Brookfield. A big thanks to the Brookfield site manager, Nicole Schabort, and her wonderful team who blessed us thoroughly with their warm hospitality.

Here are some of the highlights from the Board retreat time for your information:

  • The Board received some much appreciated and helpful Professional Development input relating to aspects of Corporate Governance from Christian Governance Consultant Di Feldman.
  • Ps Dan Lyon’s appointment to Carinity’s new Director of Mission role was ratified based upon the recommendation from the Carinity Council.
  • Joe Leutton was appointed as the Vice-Chair of MaTTS Charter Group for the remainder of 2022. Joe will take on the Chair role in 2023 with Mark Westhuyzen moving into the Vice Chair role at that time.
  • Ps Tracy Valentine was appointed to the Ministerial Services Committee.
  • It was noted that Baplink, in response to market developments, has increased the standard variable interest rate on church, personal and home loans.
  • The 2023 Meeting Schedule for QB Charter Groups, committees and the Board was approved.
  • The Board received and discussed a preliminary report from the MaTTS futures group.
  • Jason presented the strategic plans and projects which have been developed from the work of the Church Planting and Evangelism Taskforce, which are associated with the 2023 QB Priority of Effective Mission. Jason will elaborate on the vison, key projects and plans for 2023 during the Regional Meeting tour across the state coming up in October.
  • The Board affirmed the vison and strategic plans for the 2023 QB “Transform” Conference and the intention to broaden the scope of our annual gathering to include participation from across the whole of the QB Movement.

Please continue to prayerfully support the QB Board members as they faithfully and sacrificially serve the body of Christ.

Blessings

Rev Stewart Pieper
Director of QB Services