BCA’s new Indigenous Ministry Officer

By Neville Naden – BCA Field Staff, Broken Hill NSW

A team from St Matt's Manly travelled to Broken Hill in 2017 to work with Neville and Kathie Naden (pictured far right)

 

At the 2016 Field Staff Conference, National Director Mark Short introduced BCA’s new Indigenous Ministry Officer – Neville Naden.

In early 2016 at the Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship Convention in Port Augusta, Mark Short approached me and asked whether I would consider working with Bush Church Aid on a full-time basis.

After much prayer and consultation with my wife Kathie, I told Mark that I was willing to take on the role of Indigenous Ministry Officer.

In this new role I will provide support to those Field Staff who work with Indigenous people and BCA’s Indigenous staff.

Therefore BCA has asked if I would help in the following areas:

  • working with the rest of the BCA team to grow our work with Indigenous people over the long-term
  • helping our current BCA Field Staff develop more effective partnerships with Indigenous Christians on their home turf
  • keeping an eye out for emerging Indigenous Christian leaders and finding ways BCA can help them take the next steps into ministry
  • working with Bible colleges and other training organisations to make sure there are training pathways and opportunities that work for Indigenous Christians
  • representing BCA in wider discussions about Indigenous ministry
  • I’ll also be meeting regularly with the BCA Executive and the Regional Officers so we can benefit from each other’s wisdom and move forward together in these areas.

Kathie and I ask for your prayers as we commence this new role. Initially we will still be based in Broken Hill but plan to move to Dubbo in August 2017 to be closer to our daughter and her family.