How good it was to see nearly 50 children’s and family leaders from across Baptist Churches in NSW and the ACT coming together for 24 hours at Kiah Ridge in August.
Connection and encouragement are two keys for sustainability in ministry. This retreat is a great space for leaders in the vital area of children’s ministry to get together and be equipped and inspired.
This was the second retreat held for those working and volunteering in Baptist churches in ministry with children and families. People came with their teams or on their own. Baptist Financial Services generously provided travel subsidies for those travelling long distances, which made a significant difference to some of those serving in regional areas.
We spent time exploring both the big picture and practical issues facing each of us in our ministry contexts. Some of the highlights included exploring what intentional, holistic, relational lifelong faith could look like. Tammy Tolman encouraged us to explore the possibilities for transformational discipling in our households and church community spaces. Brendan Wood helped us look at change and influence in our churches.
Some of the questions we left with included: How has our theology shaped our practice? What are the next steps in terms of ministry with families? And how do we incorporate some more spiritual forming aspects to our programs rather than just better educational practice? As we returned to our own unique ministry spaces, we were challenged to live as lights on a hill with the people that Jesus has called us to.
August 2018 will see us gathering together again. We are already looking forward to plenty of conversations and fun as well as returning to enjoy the great facilities at Kiah Ridge. If you and your team would like to be a part of this, we would love to see you.