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Resources for the Plebiscite

While we are still waiting the response to the High Court's ruling on the validity of the proposed postal vote on Marriage, the Officers of the Union have agreed that the following material be made available for churches to use as appropriate in your context. The ABM...

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Australian Baptists View on Same Sex Marriage

Update August 2017 The National Council of Australian Baptist Ministries reaffirms its support for the current definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, and rejects moves to extend the definition to include same sex relationships. Consistent with this...

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APBF Congress 2017 – Early Bird Closes 25th April

The 9th Asia Pacific Baptist Congress is coming up 25th – 29th September 2017 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Many of our Australian Baptist Leaders will be present, and you are welcome to attend. Early Bird registrations close on 25th April. More information can be found at

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Baptist leaders call for greater action on violence against women

More than 30 Baptist leaders from around Australia are in Canberra this week calling for action to stem the rising tide of violence against women. “We’re meeting with federal parliamentarians and senators to let them know that Baptist churches and other agencies want to see a safer and more inclusive world for women,” said Keith Jobberns, National Ministries Director of Australian Baptist Ministries.

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How confident are you in explaining the meaning of Easter?

Crossover has created an Easter video resource to help you communicate the message of Jesus and the gospel this Easter. This year’s video features Karl Faase explaining how the Easter story gives us an opportunity to deal with regret. Easter is about us getting a second chance, freedom and a new hope in life through Jesus

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Working with Children Policy

An Australian Baptist Response to Working with Children and Youth. Nationally agreed standards Australian Baptists are committed to promoting the welfare of children participating in any of their ministries or activities by protecting their rights and also protecting...

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Australian Baptist Ministries 90 Years On

The Baptist Union of Australia was inaugurated on 25th  August 1926 at the Burton Street Church in Sydney. Over 300 delegates from every state in the Commonwealth were witnesses to this historic event. Reporting on the event, The Australian Baptist (AB) stated,...

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Latest Release Video – Baptists in Australia

The story of our national Baptist movement is worth sharing. The attached video purposes to provide a simple factual overview of the national Baptist movement. Produced by Australian Baptist Ministries the video helps provide some detail about the growth of our...

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Australian Baptist Response to Nepali earthquake victims

Baptist World Aid Australia has already disbursed approx. US$100k to various of our Nepali partners in the first few days, to address immediate relief efforts, reported the National Director of BWAA John Hickey. He said, “We have also helped to mobilise expert...

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Joint Statement – End Detention of Children

Never again: Let's end the detention of children once and for all. The report of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention provides compelling evidence of the need for Australia to cease the detention of children...

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Gambling – a position paper

Public Issues Advisory Committee GAMBLING Approved by the National Council November 2014 Between 80,000 and 160,000 Australian adults have severe gambling problems and the estimated negative social cost of gambling to Australia is at least $4.7 billion, when measured...

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Baptists speak out on babies and children in detention

The head of Australian Baptist Ministries has written to federal Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, asking that no babies or children be placed in immigration detention. “We believe it is important for the federal government to reappraise the present practice of...

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Baptists welcome budget commitment to chaplaincy

Australian Baptist Ministries welcomes the Abbott Government’s delivery on its election promise to strengthen support for school chaplaincy by allocating $245 million to chaplaincy programs in about 2900 schools over the next four years. Former Prime Minister John...

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Baptists deplore foreign aid cuts to federal budget

Baptist leaders have expressed grave concern at the Abbott Government’s decision to cut Australia's foreign aid spending by $7.6 billion in the five years to 2017-18. “In his budget speech, Mr Hockey said the government’s economic action plan entailed spending less on...

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Policy on immigration and asylum seekers

The National Council of Australian Baptist Ministries: 1. Affirms the right of all persons to: (a)       live in dignity and peace in their homeland; (b)      seek asylum and claim refugee status owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race,...

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Australian Baptists oppose euthanasia

With end-of-life issues gaining attention in parliaments around Australia and in the media, state and national Baptist leaders adopted the following resolution on euthanasia and assisted suicide at their National Council meeting in Melbourne yesterday. The Baptist...

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History Matters

Text: 1 Peter 2: 1-12 1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is...

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Understanding Congregational Government

Click here to download a PDF version of this article. John Maxwell tells the story of how for more than 20 years, for no apparent reason, an attendant stood at the foot of the stairway leading to the House of Commons in England. Research was done as to the origins of...

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