News relating to the QB Movement
On 15 December 2017 the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse presented a final report to the Governor General, detailing the culmination of a five year inquiry into institutional responses to child sexual abuse and related matters. There are 27 recommendations made by the Royal Commission that relate specifically to religious institutions to ensure the safety of children now and into the future. The establishment of a National Redress Scheme was one of the major recommendations of the Commission. The National Redress Scheme has been seen as critically important to acknowledging the horrific experiences of child sexual abuse that people experienced in institutions that were entrusted with their care and protection.
Over the past decade, the Board of Queensland Baptists (QB) has conducted twelve reviews of various aspects of the denomination’s work. Reviews are a very valuable tool in renewing and developing the work of any ministry. Aware that the QB constitution requires a review of QB every five years, the Board decided to increase the scope of the evaluation within the Future’s group and conduct a wider review of QB. The desired outcome of the Review is that it will provide important information and recommendations which the QB Board can include in its strategic planning process.
A number of churches have enquired as to how they can assist in giving to those communities affected by the severe drought that has impacted a large part of Western Queensland. QB are not managing any appeal funds as such. After some feedback and consultation with those on the ground, we have the following suggestions for you to consider in directing your giving. These groups are engaged directly with the community and are seeking not just to provide physical support but also emotional and counselling support to drought affected families.
- Click Here to access a list of drought relief charities and churches
- Download the Drought Relief Poster
Thousands of people in Townsville and North Queensland have had their homes and property destroyed and their lives turned upside down by the recent devastating flood event.
Carinity in conjunction with Queensland Baptists has opened a flood relief appeal in response to the needs of people in the region affected by the disaster.
100% of all donations will be placed in the hands of people who have been affected by the flood. Churches and ministries in the district will connect with affected families and provide them with direct monetary relief.
We hope you can support the Townsville Flood Appeal by donating online at or by phoning (07) 3550 3737.
Thank you for your support in our mission, in the name of Christ, to support Queensland communities and make a real difference to people in need.
We believe that ethically human life begins at conception, and that each human life bears the image of God, so should not be ended through any human intervention.
We recognise that in rare instances the mother’s life is in such danger that the continuation of a pregnancy would result in the death of both mother and child, and that only in such circumstances is it ethical to terminate the pregnancy.
We believe God has a particular care for the most vulnerable in our society, and that this includes unborn children.
The Queensland Baptists (QB) board submitted a statement to the Queensland Parliament on the Law Reform Commission’s Report on termination of pregnancy laws, tabled in Parliament on 16 July 2018.
- Click Here to read the QB Statement on Abortion submitted to the Queensland Parliament
- Click Here to access the Termination of Pregnancy Bill Information (Cherish Life QLD)
Click here to access the Speakers Presentations and resources from QB Conventions.
A bill has been introduced into our Federal Parliament proposing amendments to the federal Sex Discrimination Act. These have come in response to the leaked recommendations of the Ruddock Review into Religious Freedom.
On the face of it, the bill has the commendable aim of preventing religious schools from expelling students only on the basis of their personal sexual orientation. In practice our religious schools do not seek to discriminate in this way anyway. However, in effect (perhaps unintentionally) the proposed bill goes further than this.
What can we do?
1. Commit this matter to prayer, particularly over the next few days as the bill is debated in the Senate on Monday (today) and following this, in the Lower House.
2. Contact your local Federal MP early in the week and calmly raise these concerns with them. Remember they will be in their parliament house offices in Canberra. Highlight that we agree that a student should not be expelled from school purely for their personal sexual orientation. Our concern is the possible wider implications for religious freedoms discussed above which, though perhaps unintended, are nevertheless real and incompatible with a free, just, tolerant, pluralistic society.
Find your local MP Here:
7th September 2018 – Statement of Stewart Pieper 070918
6th July 2018 – Pastor Logan Robertson and Pillar Church