Making disciples in Tasmania

Janine van den Tillaart

The Revd Josh Skeat is passionate about opening the Bible with others so everyone can be equipped to do the work that God has called us to – make disciples of Jesus. Josh commenced in the role of BCA Tasmanian Regional Officer in early November.

Josh together with his wife Naomi and their children Elizabeth, Lachlan, Caleb and Abigail have served in the Parish of Deloraine in Tasmania for the past three years. He will continue working in the Parish alongside his part-time role with BCA.

The Skeat family are no strangers to BCA having served in a Ministry Training Arrangement (MTA) at Connections Anglican Church, Somerset from 2011–2013. Connections was the family’s home church after they moved to the area in 2008. There Josh worked in pastoral care & leading worship and church services, alongside preaching. At Connections Josh’s theological study (Master of Divinity at Melbourne School of Theology via distance) was informed by real life experiences in ministry.

“I love being part of the BCA family,” says Josh. “BCA’s work is so important because it supports ministry in places that can’t support themselves. In our experience as Field Staff we found that significant things occurred in our ministry and/or personal life on ‘our day’ in the Prayer Notes. As Field Staff, knowing that you are being prayed for is amazing but getting messages from those pray-ers is also so encouraging – reminding you that you’re part of a bigger network.”

Josh is excited to see God at work in the coming months, and prays that as people hear stories about BCA and opportunities for gospel ministry, it would encourage and excite existing supporters. More than that though, that it would catalyse new prayer partners and new financial supporters for the work of BCA – and even (God willing) more workers for the harvest.

Josh asks for your prayers for the family and their parish as they transition into the new role. “Praise God for the opportunity to work with BCA and the support that we have been given at parish level,” says Josh. “Pray for wisdom in management of time, and energy resources as we begin.”