The first Safe Church Team Network Evening was held on Tuesday, May 11 at the Ministry and Learning Centre in Macquarie Park. This inaugural event was a wonderful opportunity to equip, educate and inspire local church leaders as they seek to implement safe church practices in their context. We were overwhelmed by the support from our churches with around 250 people engaged both in-person and online.
The evening featured an update on the Child Safe Standards from Sam Burnett from Prolegis Lawyers, an overview of public liability insurance cover from Tim Williams from Baptist Insurance Services and information about the Reportable Conduct Scheme from our Ministry Standards Manager, Jonathan Bradford
Most excitingly, we heard from Safe Church Team members at Gymea, Gordon and Forbes Baptist Churches about how they have implemented the Child Safe Standards in their local church context. These three churches represent some of the diversity of our movement; the small rural community in Forbes, managing hundreds of volunteers in Gymea, and navigating safe church issues across multiple languages in Gordon.
We hope to hold more of these Safe Church Team Network Evenings, to encourage and support the work of Safe Church Teams and to facilitate churches working together.