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Courage | Summit 2018

Mitchell Salmon  |  7/02/2018 2:17:28 PM

May 17-19 2018

Kardinia Church, Bell Post campus, Geelong

For all leaders, ministers, Elders, Board members, volunteers, friends, and supporters of CCVT.


Safe Places | Sign In and Sign Out

Mitchell Salmon  |  3/01/2018 9:00:00 AM

Q: Do I really have to sign in and sign out the kids every time?

A: Yes!


Safe Places | Has your church appointed a Safety Contact Person?

Mitchell Salmon  |  11/12/2017 4:10:21 PM

Each Affiliate is required to appoint a Safety Contact Person to be the local point of contact for any concerns about safety.

This responsibilities of the role may vary from church to church depending on church or agency size, relevant skill sets of leaders, and the administrative setup of your organisation. Many churches have chosen to appoint two people to this role, a male and a female. Keep in mind also that it doesn’t need to be someone already in a leadership role. In fact, the nature of this role means it is often suited to people who aren’t already busy with additional responsibilities. It is more important that they be approachable, calm, mature, and good under pressure.


Stirling | Graduate Certificate in Leadership

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/12/2017 10:30:33 AM

An incredible opportunity to learn alongside like-minded change agents and pioneers in a course that will grow and develop your unique leadership gifts.


New Ministry Accreditation and Endorsement Policy

Mitchell Salmon  |  16/10/2017 5:03:47 PM

A new CCVT policy covering Endorsement, and now Accreditation, has now been released and is in effect.


Host a Safe Church Awareness Workshop

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/10/2017 3:25:53 PM

Want to train your church leaders and volunteers at a Safe Church Awareness Workshop but can’t find a date or location that suits your team? Consider hosting a Workshop at your own church!


Youth Vision Ministry Gatherings

Mitchell Salmon  |  2/10/2017 9:51:29 AM

A huge thanks to all those who have submitted dates for the Youth Vision Ministry Gatherings. Based on the availability given, the following dates and locations have been selected. If you cannot make your own region, please feel free to join another gathering. Simply RSVP by email to with your name, church, the names of any other leaders you are bringing along, any dietary requirements, and the Gathering you will attend.


YVQ | Risky Discipleship

Mitchell Salmon  |  28/09/2017 4:51:41 PM

Amy was having a moment of crisis. “I’m totally not cut out for this! I’m a terrible youth worker, I feel like I haven’t helped this girl at all!”

It’s late at night. Amy is 18, still in Year 12, and we are in the middle of the outback, somewhere between Coober Pedy and the Northern Territory border. Annually, Fusion, the organisation I’m a part of, takes young people through Aboriginal communities, helping suburban kids empathise with and value First Nations people. Amy comes from a middle-class Christian home, and her upbringing has been the kind that includes comfortable wealth, the safety of a loving family, and a supportive church. Many people would call her blessed.


New Child Safety Requirements for Victorian Churches Now In Effect

Mitchell Salmon  |  31/08/2017 9:49:34 AM

Victorian Affiliates are advised that they have a new legal obligation to ensure the safety of children in their care. Under the new duty, organisations are required to take reasonable precautions to prevent the abuse of a child by an individual associated with the organisation while the child is under the care, supervision, or authority of the organisation. 


Introducing Youth Vision Ministry Gatherings

Mitchell Salmon  |  31/08/2017 9:30:23 AM

We would love for you to be a part of conversations at the Youth Vision Ministry Gatherings. We want to get you together with others in your area who are focused on ministry with children, youth, young adults, and families.


Announcement Regarding Illuminate 2017

Mitchell Salmon  |  8/08/2017 10:35:46 AM

After a period of reflection and some honest, frank assessments of our position this year, the decision has been made that Illuminate 2017 will not go ahead.


Global Leadership Summit

Mitchell Salmon  |  2/08/2017 10:49:52 AM

You are invited to take part in the Global Leadership Summit at a local church near you this October. Join with leaders from all over the world from the comfort of a local church to watch global speakers and meet other local leaders.


Changes to the Administration of ChildSafe from 1 Jan 2018

Mitchell Salmon  |  27/07/2017 4:35:40 PM

Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania (CCVT) aims to support all our Affiliates to be communities of hope and compassion that are safe places for everyone.  


Regional Conversations | Affinity:2

Mitchell Salmon  |  29/06/2017 5:28:52 PM

All Ministers, Elders, and other Leaders of Communities of Hope and Compassion affiliated with CCVT are invted to join one of the 2017 Regional Conversations. The focus of this year’s round of Regional Conversations will be Affinity:2. Regional Conversation participants will have an opportunity to be in dialogue about revisions made in the light of structural change within CCVT; increasing expectation of internal and external accountability, support and compliance; and a stronger, clearer focus on CCVT’s purpose and mission.


Changes to Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages Fees

Mitchell Salmon  |  27/06/2017 11:50:09 AM

The Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages (BDM) updates its fees annually. Changes to fees can be accessed at the BDM website.


Global Leadership Summit (GLS)

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/06/2017 12:10:58 PM

Every year in October/November, Willow Creek International hosts a line up of world class leaders for the Global Leadership Summit, speaking in Chicago. For those of us who can’t get to Chicago, this quality leadership development opportunity is creatively packaged into a conference and hosted by a church closer to home. Of the 5 locations across Victoria and Tasmania, 3 of the host churches are Churches of Christ. They are Kardinia Geelong, Mildura Church of Christ, and Door of Hope Launceston.


2017 Recommended Remuneration for People in Ministry

Mitchell Salmon  |  18/05/2017 3:22:54 PM

All Ministers, Administrators, and Treasurers should be aware of the 2017 update to the Minimum Remuneration For People In Ministry. This document has been sent out to all relevant parties and is also available below.


Animate Summit | Activating Communities of Hope and Compassion

Mitchell Salmon  |  10/05/2017 2:05:11 PM

Dr Andrew Menzies, Principal of Stirling Theological College, delivered a keynote address at Animate Summit on the topic of 'Activating Communities of Hope and Compassion.' You can download his address and notes here.


Animate Summit | Paul Cameron's Reflections

Mitchell Salmon  |  10/05/2017 1:46:05 PM

It all started on a whiteboard, in one of the meeting rooms at Fairfield, late last year. Six months later the 2017 CCVT Animate Summit is ‘done and dusted’. Looking back, we pretty much fulfilled the hopes and aspirations rather messily sketched out on that whiteboard.


Announcement from CCVT EO Paul Cameron

Mitchell Salmon  |  10/05/2017 10:51:24 AM

In August 2003, I commenced as Executive Officer of Churches of Christ in Vic/Tas. I am now well into my third five-year term... How time flies! And, what an amazing privilege to be in the conversation in this way.

At last Saturday’s CCVT Inc AGM, the Board and I announced that I will be concluding as EO at the end of 2017, some seven months earlier than our current agreement.


Animate Summit | Ordination

Mitchell Salmon  |  10/05/2017 10:49:38 AM

We were blessed to welcome and commission newly ordained leaders in our movement at the Churches' Summit on Saturday May 6.


Animate Summit | State of CCVT

Mitchell Salmon  |  8/05/2017 4:30:25 PM

The State of CCVT Address is delivered annually by the Executive Officer to summarise the last year of development of our movement, and explores the potential of what God is calling us, as a movement, into.

The State of CCVT Address was delivered by CCVT EO Paul Cameron on May 6 2017 as part of the CCVT Inc AGM.


Animate Summit | 2017 Warmbrunn Address

Mitchell Salmon  |  8/05/2017 4:03:24 PM

On Saturday May 6, Dr Andrew Menzies, Principal of Stirling Theological College, delivered the Warmbrunn Address to those assembled at the 2017 Animate Summit and CCVT Inc AGM.


CCVT 2017 Annual Report

Mitchell Salmon  |  7/04/2017 1:05:52 PM

Stories and statistics from 2016.


Changes to WWCC

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/04/2017 3:41:57 PM

Amendments have been made to the Working with Children Check Act 2005 ('the Act') following recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

This is a good thing as these amendments make it easier to work out if a person requires a WWCC or not. They also close more of the loopholes that unsuitable people were using to gain access to kids.


GMP | Marketing Manager Position Available

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/04/2017 10:48:01 AM

Come and join the dynamic team at GMP’s Melbourne office and lead us in developing new and creative ways to present the stories of GMP’s partners to churches and supporters. You will be part of the GMP Communications Team in the development and implementation of our communication strategy and have an appreciation of the church based not for profit sector.


Stop The Traffik Easter Choices

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/04/2017 10:09:08 AM

For ten years, Stop the Traffik has been asking chocolate manufacutors to take action to prevent the use of child labour and slavery in their cocoa supply chains. 


Easter Day

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/04/2017 9:41:44 AM

It’s Easter time. Most of us know the story.

We think back to Good Friday; of God’s love expressed in the death of his son, Jesus. We think about the day in between: The desolate waiting, the bleak tension, Saturday.


Good Friday

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/04/2017 9:27:14 AM

My guess is many of us have heard these words before: "God so loved the world that he gave his only son." Good Friday tells the story of the greatest gift of all.


Missional Children’s Ministry Learning Cohort

Mitchell Salmon  |  4/04/2017 10:20:52 AM

Join a cohort of leaders and teams to collaborate, experiment, share, reflect, learn, and adapt in the vital area of children and families mission.


The Art of Neighbouring

Mitchell Salmon  |  4/04/2017 9:53:16 AM

The Art of Neighbouring is a series of creative workshops about being an adaptive missional presence in your neighbourhood, for leaders of churches and agencies within CCVT.


Position Available | Administration/Personal Assistant

Mitchell Salmon  |  29/03/2017 4:20:21 PM

Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania is an organisation that provides services for a network of 130+ churches and agencies throughout the two states. We are committed to doing better at building Communities of Hope and Compassion and developing Leaders to lead them. 


Animate Summit | Electives

Mitchell Salmon  |  21/03/2017 3:23:25 PM

As part of Animate Summit, CCVT is offering a selection of workshops for leaders on Thursday May 4. These workshops are training opportunities for ministers, elders, volunteers, and all leaders in Communities of Hope and Compassion. 


Churches of Christ and Kids Hope Australia: A New Alliance

Mitchell Salmon  |  20/03/2017 10:35:34 AM

Kids Hope Australia (KHA) is the largest early intervention, school-based mentoring program in the country. Since 2004 thousands of disadvantaged children have been matched with mentors in primary schools. These caring relationships have a significant impact on children, helping meet their emotional and social development needs and enhancing their capacity to learn. KHA mentored children consistently show increased self-esteem, confidence, and resilience.


GMP | Introducing Sam Curkpatrick

Mitchell Salmon  |  28/02/2017 1:21:31 PM

Australian Churches of Christ Global Mission Partners understands that mission begins in partnership with local people. This means they focus on linking Churches of Christ communities in Australia with churches and agencies overseas, and in Indigenous Australia.


Global Gathering Of Churches Of Christ (World Convention), India

Mitchell Salmon  |  9/02/2017 9:43:20 AM

Having the Global Gathering in India where less than 3% of the population are Christians was a bold move. The venue was to have been Delhi but bureaucratic government regulations and the increased costs were beyond the finances of the local churches, so the venue was changed to Damoh late in September 2016. Damoh is the heart of the early American missionary work established over 125 years ago and the location of Central India Christian Mission (CICM). There is a Bible college, schools, a children’s home, a hospital, and training centre for nurses. 


Selfie Sunday

Mitchell Salmon  |  22/11/2016 9:45:28 AM

If your church hasn’t been involved in Selfie Sunday yet, it’s not too late! Upcoming Christmas celebrations provide a great opportunity to take a photo of your church community. It also gives the change to photograph pre-Christmas activities going on during the week.


GMP | Lives Changed by Great Gifts

Mitchell Salmon  |  27/10/2016 3:27:08 PM

Over the years you have chosen gifts from the COCOA (Churches of Christ Overseas Aid) Great Gifts catalogue that change lives and communities—improving health and sanitation, providing access to safe water, supporting community development, education and livelihood initiatives. Gifts like toilets, chickens, sewing machines, meals and uniforms for kids in Zimbabwe or South Sudan, or even larger gifts like a bull or a water pump. Your generosity has improved the standard of living for many individuals and communities, giving hope to their future.


St Kilda Gatehouse | YWP Manager Position Available

Mitchell Salmon  |  27/10/2016 10:12:13 AM

St Kilda Gatehouse is seeking an experienced and creative manager to grow and strengthen the Young Women’s Project (YWP) based in Dandenong. YWP program plays a vital role in supporting girls and young women between 12 and 25 at risk of or affected by Commercial Sexual Exploitation. The YWP program is 18 months old and is an important part of St Kilda Gatehouse’s work.


Expressions of Interest: Safe Places Coordinator

Mitchell Salmon  |  12/10/2016 3:55:06 PM

CCVT has initiated a new Safe Places Coordinator role and we are seeking Expressions of Interest from people interested in the role that will contribute to an important culture change within and beyond CCVT.


2016 Census

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/10/2016 4:13:32 PM

The annual Census for affiliated churches and agencies will be distributed in early October, and is due back to CCVT by the end of November. We explore a range of important topics in this Census and look forward to timely and complete responses to help us best prepare into and throughout 2017 so that we can all be Safe Places for everyone.


GMP | When We Take Action, Lives Are Changed

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/10/2016 1:21:17 PM

Safe Water September is a time of reflection for us, and all those involved, about the devastating effects that unsafe water has on communities. It reminds us how privileged we are to have access to safe water.


Agency Profile: Veta Youth

Mitchell Salmon  |  29/09/2016 2:22:36 PM

In 2003 a small group of Christian leaders, frustrated by limited opportunities for Christian growth for young people, set out to raise up a generation who would act as the hands and feet of Jesus, demonstrating his love in every area of life.  The result was Vetamorphus, a year-long discipleship experience that young people can complete as part of their senior school certificate, with over 2000 graduates to date.


Arrow Leadership | Expressions of Interest Now Open

Mitchell Salmon  |  7/09/2016 9:31:54 AM

Arrow Leadership is the premier Christian provider of training and mentoring in the non-tertiary sector, for emerging and mature leaders in church, NFP and education contexts. Arrow Leadership helps leaders in their transformational journey to express their 'calling' to leadership by identifying, mentoring, coaching, and encouraging them - within their individual vocational context.


From Catatonic To Catalytic

Mitchell Salmon  |  25/08/2016 12:10:04 PM

The word catatonic is defined as "immobile or unresponsive stupor". While we might describe the physical state of the paralytic man in that way, Luke’s gospel account of Jesus’ dramatic healing draws more attention to the ‘catatonic’ nature of the Pharisee’s spiritual state.


The Edition vol 1 issue 3

Mitchell Salmon  |  26/07/2016 1:27:30 PM

A new issue of CCVT's new digital magazine The Edition is now available. This issue explores the topic of leadership in church communities and the neighbourhood. It can be read online or downloaded for reading on your favourite smart device.


Grants for Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania

Mitchell Salmon  |  21/06/2016 12:58:16 PM

Thanks to the sponsorship of CCVT, grants will be awarded in 2016 to Churches of Christ employing ministry students who are studying at Stirling. The grants contribute to the work of forming future leaders and ministers by Churches of Christ Vic/Tas.


2016 Regional Conversations

Mitchell Salmon  |  15/06/2016 2:51:57 PM

Just a quick reminder that we are planning more Regional Conversations later in the year to continue exploring how God is shaping our movement into a Renewal Movement.

Conversation themes for this year will based on the findings of the Safe Places Review, and also reflections around Affinity. We hope you will join us in conversation. More information to come.


CCVT Inc Board Update

Mitchell Salmon  |  15/06/2016 2:45:13 PM

The newly elected CCVT Board had its initial meeting early in June. One of its first task was to elect office bearers. Milton Oliver (Roxburgh Park/Wallan) was elected Chair and Loris McLean (Living Faith, Greensborough) was elected Deputy Chair.

The Board also approved the formation of the following Committees: Ministry Professional Standards, Nominations, Governance and Board Development, Finance and Audit, Properties and Asset Management, Risk Management, and Remuneration.


'Story of Legend', Sir Doug Nicholls

Mitchell Salmon  |  27/05/2016 6:07:27 PM

As we continue to reflect on Reconciliation Week, we highlight the invaluable contributions to mission and ministry made by Sir Doug Nicholls, a true Indigenous Australian Legend.


CCVT Inc Board Election

Mitchell Salmon  |  19/05/2016 3:49:59 PM

It is with great pleasure that we announce the election of the inaugural CCVT Inc Board. This follows the election process that was part of the 2016 Annual General Meeting on May 14.

As has been described elsewhere, the Board is a skills- and mission-based group who have the role of being the governing body guiding and informing CCVT as we live into God’s vision for us as a Renewal Movement.


INTO Summit Wrap Up

Mitchell Salmon  |  19/05/2016 3:28:11 PM

Thanks for joining us at INTO Summit. All of us were able to learn new things about being INTO God, INTO Learning, and INTO Neighbourhood. The anecdotal feedback at the Summit has been really positive. You will see below an opportunity to give us more detailed feedback, and we encourage you to share your thoughts.


New Recommended Minimum Remuneration For People In Ministry

Mitchell Salmon  |  16/05/2016 3:45:42 PM

All Ministers, Administrators, and Treasurers should become aware of the 2016 update to the Minimum Remuneration For People In Ministry.


Disability Inclusion Resolution

Mitchell Salmon  |  16/05/2016 1:29:56 PM

As a result of the Renewal Challenge process, CCVT has indicated its commitment to be doing better at building Communities of Hope and Compassion, and Developing Leaders to lead them. As discussed elsewhere, this includes ensuring that our locations of ministry and mission are safe places for all people. We see this as a consistent expression of being the Renewal Movement God has called us to be.


Port Arthur

Mitchell Salmon  |  28/04/2016 4:03:47 PM

It was 20 years ago today that the tragedy that we remember as Port Arthur occurred. This reflection was written by Kylie Tonkin. Kylie and her husband Andrew and family are part of Mildura church, where Andrew leads the ministry team. This is a powerful story of providing hope and compassion in a most difficult circumstance; it is also an honest reflection of the cost of moving into the neighbourhood. Along with Kylie, we admire the leadership strength of then PM John Howard about this issue back in the day, and we add this: would that our nation's leaders today have as much strength about other issues of justice and safety and welcome.


Agency Profile: Lifekeys

Mitchell Salmon  |  27/04/2016 5:03:20 PM

Careforce Lifekeys is an affiliated mission agency of CCVT. Lifekeys was founded at Careforce church in 1992 and has had a worldwide impact, including a significant impact in Russia in recent years.

Five of the Lifekeys courses have been translated into Russian and are being shared all over the Soviet Union and former Soviet countries. In 2004 two members of Careforce church took the ministry to the largest church in Perm and taught the concepts in their Bible College. This church has planted more than 250 churches throughout the region and impacts millions of Russian people.


Into Their World

Mitchell Salmon  |  13/04/2016 5:03:12 PM

During my time as a youth pastor I constantly battled with the question of ‘schools ministry’. I found that everyone had an opinion; some said that the only way to grow your youth group was to be in the schools, and others said that you shouldn’t spend your time in the schools but instead focus on growing your leaders. As someone who has worked in a school as a Student Mentor and now goes into schools to present seminars to students, I’ve decided that if the Church isn’t in the school community, then we are missing the point. Yes, another opinion, and you have to decide what works for you, but let’s look at why I think this and just what ‘being in a school’ means.


Royal Commission into Family Violence Report

Mitchell Salmon  |  13/04/2016 3:52:09 PM

The Royal Commission into Family Violence has made its finding available to the public in an extensive series of documents, including recommendations of programs and improvements to be made to existing systems. Of particular note to Communities of Hope and Compassion is vol V, section 29 of the Report, titled 'Faith Communities'. 


Sanctuary Update

Mitchell Salmon  |  13/04/2016 1:07:15 PM

For those wishing to engage further with the Sanctuary movement in response to the Federal Government’s treatment of people seeking asylum, the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce is maintaining a database of church communities that have extended an offer of sanctuary to people seeking asylum who are at risk of being removed from Australia and placed in offshore detention.


Agency Profile: VETA

Mitchell Salmon  |  12/04/2016 12:52:48 PM

Veta Youth is a mission agency of CCVT. Here is a bit more about them.

Veta started almost 15 years ago by a group of Churches of Christ Vic/Tas ministry leaders who felt frustrated that the spiritual aspect of our lives is so restricted in our culture. They set out to help raise up a generation of Christian young people who act as the hands and feet of Jesus, demonstrating his love in every area of life; and, when they finish school, building communities centred on Christ, and loving and serving and working to see their universities, their workplaces, and their local neighbourhoods transformed by God’s love.


Easter Sunday

Mitchell Salmon  |  27/03/2016 10:00:00 AM

Some gifts last; some don't. Chocolate, cheese or a fine dining experience last moments, but soon become a faded memory. Alternatively, a book, a watch or jewellery are lasting gifts that keep on giving.

It might seem strange to talk about gifts on Easter Sunday, but today completes the second half of God's Christmas gift.


Good Friday

Mitchell Salmon  |  25/03/2016 10:00:00 AM

Sacrifice is a word we rarely hear. Sometimes on Anzac Day; or a faint echo, a memory or wistful imagining, at Easter.

It is said the greatest love is a person laying down their life for a friend. Sacrifice.



Mitchell Salmon  |  11/03/2016 9:00:00 AM

Stirling Principal Andrew Menzies and CCVT EO Paul Cameron visited Indonesia in February. The visit included time in Jogjakarta with Paulus Trimanto Wibowo, and teaching a class of student church planters in Salatiga as well as meeting with ‘conference’ (or ‘Lemkersa’) leaders and college staff there, in group and one-on-one settings. 


Policy and Procedures—Non-Minister-Leaders

Mitchell Salmon  |  10/03/2016 3:00:00 PM

Late last year Council resolved that, effective immediately, the current Practice of Ministry policies (both Code of Ethics and Procedure), and adapted appropriately, will apply to people in ‘non-Minister-Leader’ roles in CCVT; and that the Minsters Professional Standards Committee (a committee of Council) will oversee the management of any matters that emerge in advance of the formation and adoption of a relevant policy and procedure.


Horsham visit

Mitchell Salmon  |  10/03/2016 9:00:00 AM
Horsham church’s Ministry Team Leader Simon Risson invited CCVT staff to spend a day in early March with some of their key leaders and members. This gave the church a chance to gain an overview of the Renewal Challenge/Movement process, and to provide input via elective conversations. Philip Kua and Jay Sawyer (Raising Leaders), Gabriel Hingley (Neighbourhood Engagement), along with Brenton Killeen (Mustard, a Youth Ministry organisation and friend of CCVT) led these conversations after Paul Cameron provided the overview. It was a busy and productive day.

CCVT Inc Board Members

Mitchell Salmon  |  9/03/2016 3:40:11 PM
All readers are invited to be prayerfully considering people who could be nominated to the incoming CCVT Inc Board. This is an important season for CCVT and discernment, prayer, and reflection are required to ensure the election of people God sees as best fitting the needs, skills, and opportunities of the Board and of CCVT...

GMP Fiji Emergency Appeal

Mitchell Salmon  |  23/02/2016 12:10:27 PM

Cyclone Winston wreaked devastation upon the island nation of Fiji on Saturday 20 February. With wind gusts of over 300kmh, the Category 5 Cyclone was the worst recorded in the island nation’s history.

In response to this destruction, what is it that we can do?


Media Release | Sanctuary

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/02/2016 3:00:00 PM
The Executive Officer of the Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania, Paul Cameron, today added his voice to the call by Anglican Primate, Archbishop Phillip Freier, for the Federal Government to change its “narrative on children in detention.”