A change in leadership for Collins Street

At a special meeting of members in October, the church approved a new model of pastoral leadership for its ministry, commencing January 2019.

After eight years of partnership in senior and associate roles, our pastors Carolyn Francis and Simon Carey Holt have been appointed co-pastors of the Collins Street Baptist Church. This important change represents a collegial model of leadership in which Carolyn and Simon will share pastoral oversight of the church with roles that have equal standing and responsibility in its mission.

Within this new structure, each pastor will carry distinctive responsibilities: Carolyn as Pastor for Teaching and Worship and Simon as Pastor for Care and Community.

A paper detailing this change is available here. The pastors and deacons value the prayers of the community in the exciting days that lie ahead.

Remembrance Day: the Centenary of the Armistice of 1918







During our service on Sunday November 11, our church member and deacon Dr Ros Otzen offered this reflection, prior to our observance of one minute of silence and remembrance.

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, one hundred years ago today, an armistice finally brought an end to WW1.
Peace came to an exhausted world.

No family in Australia was untouched by this war. As remote as our country was from the rest of the world, and as young and new our small European-descended population was on this great continent, war found us even so. It dragged even our indigenous families into an alien horror.

Our young men died – and today we name the men of this church who never came back:

Arthur Burker
Jack Brown
Vaughn Lewis
Frank A Dixon
JAE Toone

We also remember the arrow of grief and loss driven into the hearts of their families sitting in the very pews we are sitting in today.

War comes so easily all over the world. The struggle for peace, for shalom between peoples so equally valued by our loving Father God is a hard road, but one we will walk with him, and must walk with him.

Ever-living God, we remember those whom you have gather from the storm of war into the peace of your presence. May that same peace calm our fears and guide our actions.

May the memory of this and other wars strengthen our efforts for peace.

May the memory of those who died inspire our service to the living.

May the memory of past destruction move us to build for the future.

O God of peace, O companion for our souls,

O builder of love and justice and shalom in the world:

Hear our prayer.

Three CSBC members honoured

At the recent gathering of Victorian Baptists, three members of Collins Street were among those honoured for their distinguished service to the churches of our state.

It is now 40 years since Rev Bruce Tudball was ordained to the Baptist ministry and his contribution to the churches and agencies of the BUV was acknowledged.

Also celebrating 40 years of ministry, Rev Dr Marita Munro was the first woman to be ordained in Australia. Now Professor of Baptist Studies at Whitley College, Marita continues to invest in our movement.

And celebrating an extraordinary 60 years since his ordination to ministry, Rev Len Lewis was honoured for his faithful service across two states, concluding here at Collins Street in 2011.

Thanksgiving Sunday

This Sunday is a day to give thanks.

Preceding our Annual General Meeting, Sunday’s gathering for worship provides an opportunity to name all that has been good in the life and ministry of our church this  year. It’s also a time to recommit ourselves for the year ahead.

Join us!

All the documents for our AGM and the special members’ meeting that will follow, can be found here.