My Faith Journey & Theology

Your Faith Journey and Understanding of Ministry

Briefly describe how you became a Christian and your Christian pilgrimage, including the circumstances of your baptism.

Raised in a Christian household by Baptist Parents, we attended a local Methodist Church. Come the time for ‘confirmation classes’, Dad passed me a brochure explaining that ‘baptiso’ meant ‘to be immersed’ and this was all to confusing to a teenager who was just doing the ‘right thing’ by being confirmed. A few years later I responded personally to the

Relate your personal sense of God’s call to pastoral leadership.

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Comment on the place of the Bible in your experience.

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Comment on the place of prayer in your experience.

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What are the significant influences that have shaped your life?

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How are you actively engaged in sharing Jesus Christ with others?

Theology

What are the core elements of your theology?

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How has your theology grown and developed over the years?

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What is your theological understanding of the local Church?

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How do you wish to see this understanding of the local Church expressed in contemporary life?

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Outline your understanding of Mission in contemporary Australian society:

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How might you lead a community to advance the Kingdom of God?

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How do you see the role of the pastor as distinct from other members of the congregation?

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Over the years, how has your understanding and practice of pastoral ministry changed?

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In a few sentences for each, outline your convictions or preferences regarding:

Baptism
Open/closed membership
Women in leadership
Worship
The practice of ‘charismatic gifts’ in the church
Interdenominational activities
Homosexuals in the church
Are there any other issues of faith and church practice that you are passionate about? Please tell us more.

Additional

How often do you take time out from pastoral ministry responsibilities for the following, and how do you normally spend the time?

What other responsibilities do you / your spouse currently have beyond the local church?

a) Christian:

b) Community:

How open are you to being involved in the life of the Baptist Union of Victoria? How might this be expressed?

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Churches are encouraged to have annual Internal Reviews and every three years to have a Church Ministry Review conducted by a Regional Pastor or other outside nominee. Is this type of review arrangement acceptable to you?

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