Hi everyone, I just wanted to provide an update on how I have gone this year with progressing through the ordination process. In the Baptist Union of Victoria, ordination celebrates the recognition that a pastoral leader is called by God, gifted, and prepared to be recognised as a spiritual leader in church and society.
My journey has included a year of discernment in 2020, while 2021, (last year's update), was my first year formally in the program. I have recently found out that I have successfully completed Year 2 and will be advancing on to the third and final year of ordination.
If all things continue as planned, I will be ordained at a special service on 28 October 2023.
Summary of this year’s activity
3-Day intensive looking at character and spiritual formation
3-Day residential intensive focused on communication
4-Day intensive on leadership
2-Day intensive on emotional and cultural intelligence
2 Nourish 1-Day events throughout the year with other Baptist pastors across Victoria
Baptist Identity unit, part of my Master in Theological Studies (through Whitley College)
Supervised Theological Field Education (Part 1 & 2), which included:
A congregational reflection group from members of our congregation
12 meetings with my Baptist Union of Victoria Supervisor
An interview with 3 ordained pastors from within the Baptist Union
I would like to thank those who have provided feedback and encouraged me throughout the year, as well as the wider church family. I would like to express my deep gratitude to those who were part of the congregational reflection group. These were; Evelyn, Malele, Mauricio, Fernando, and Liam.
for another exciting and life-giving year on the Ordination pathway
for successful approval to continue onto year 3
for the network of Pastors I’ve met throughout the year
for the development opportunities I’ve been exposed to and grown through
for Val and the girls as they continue to support me and afford the time for my study and the various intensives.
for my break over the summer from Ordination activities and study commitments - a time of Sabbath
for discernment, strength, and wisdom next year as I continue onto the final year of ordination
for the remaining 2 units of my Masters in Theological Studies (through Whitley College)