Exciting new ministry project to take us into the next 100 years

Digital Church Pilot


In this our Centenary Year, a number of exciting new ministries and projects are being launched to lead Bush Church Aid into its next 100 years. The first of these is the Digital Church Pilot Project.

Together with the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania, Bush Church Aid is developing a new model of rural based local church for Tasmania’s rural and remote Anglican churches.

By using current technologies this project will provide:

  • Good quality weekly preaching by theologically well-trained preachers
  • External leadership to supplement and train local Christian leadership
  • Small groups for spiritual transformation, development and multiplication of leaders, and a shared mission to reach the community with the gospel.

Wayne Chan from Ridley College is working to identify and develop a framework to share teaching and leadership resources from Parishes around Tasmania. A small team of people will also be trained and they will work to capture and edit teaching material.

The Digital Church Pilot Project will begin in the Parish of Break O’Day in North East Tasmania in the first half of 2019. The parish will have access to recorded material to use in their congregations as required. One or more mission-focused small groups will be formed with external support and mentoring provided by a staff member from St Barnabas’ North Launceston, under the supervision of former BCA Field Staff Andy Goodacre.

A suitably experienced ordained minister will also be appointed by the Diocese in the first half of 2019 to provide support and mentoring for locally ordained leadership in the Parish.

In the next edition of the Prayer Notes, you will find a new page to pray for the Digital Church Pilot Project. With your prayers and support we pray that after the pilot stage, the project can be extended to another rural Parish in the Diocese of Tasmania.

BCA’s National Director Mark Short said the Project builds on BCA’s history of using the technology of the day to reach people for Christ. “In our first century BCA pioneered the use of aircraft for pastoral ministry and supported young people in remote locations through the Mail Bag Sunday School. Now we have the opportunity to use digital methods to equip Christians in the bush.”