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CCVT Inc to Opt In to National Redress Scheme

Mitchell Salmon  |  22/11/2018 11:25:18 AM

We are pleased to announce that Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania Inc has internally agreed to participate in the Scheme and is actively engaged in the onboarding process.

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Vale Rev Dr Gerald Rose

Mitchell Salmon  |  18/09/2018 11:51:36 AM

CCVT joins with the family of Rev Dr Gerald Rose in mourning his passing. A service will be held on September 23 at 2.30pm at Southern Community Church of Christ.

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CCVT Monthly Update from Rob Nyhuis

Mitchell Salmon  |  6/09/2018 12:04:23 PM

Over the next couple of months we will be piloting some support for churches which will take the form of a four-day intensive visit, followed by up to a year of coaching support. The aim is to target key areas of potential growth unique to the relevant congregation.

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City of Casey Equipment and Training Grants

Mitchell Salmon  |  15/08/2018 10:09:13 AM

For residents and communities in the City of Casey, the local council's Equipment and Training Grants open from Monday 3 September and close Friday 5 October.

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Aus Government Volunteer Grants 2018

Mitchell Salmon  |  9/08/2018 10:04:01 AM

The Australian Government is inviting applications via an open process for funding to support volunteers under the Volunteer Grants Activity.

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CCVT Monthly Update from Rob Nyhuis

Mitchell Salmon  |  8/08/2018 4:00:40 PM

I have been thoroughly enjoying my visits to churches, seeing a range of worship services and styles, and am keen to lock in dates to attend more of these over the next year. We are currently exploring ways of assisting churches with their growth and leadership development and will provide more information on this soon. In the meantime, I would love to hear from any churches specifically interested in discussing ways that we can help you.

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Safe Church Awareness Workshop in Korean and Mandarin Languages

Mitchell Salmon  |  16/07/2018 4:45:16 PM

Melbourne Hosanna Church are hosting a Safe Church Awareness Workshop on October 13, 2018, that will be simultaneously translated into Korean and Mandarin.

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July 2018 National Redress Scheme Update

Mitchell Salmon  |  16/07/2018 9:35:19 AM

The National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2018 was passed on 19 June 2018 and received Royal Assent on 22 June 2018. This has paved the way for the Scheme to commence as planned on 1 July 2018. The CCVT Board is currently considering if and how we opt in and will update Affiliates in coming weeks.

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The (Sharing Life) Edition

Mitchell Salmon  |  12/07/2018 10:09:42 AM

A new issue of CCVT's digital magazine The Edition is now available.

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Summit 2018 State of CCVT Address - David Ratten

Mitchell Salmon  |  31/05/2018 2:38:31 PM

The State of CCVT address is given by the Executive Officer of Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania Inc at the commencement of the CCVT Annual General Meeting. This year the address was given by the Interim Executive Officer, David Ratten.

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Summit 2018 Warmbrunn Address - Karina Kreminski

Mitchell Salmon  |  31/05/2018 2:37:02 PM

This year’s Warmbrunn Address was  given by Karina Kreminski, Lecturer in Missional Studies at Morling College.

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Summit 2018 Keynote - Karina Kreminski

Mitchell Salmon  |  31/05/2018 2:34:53 PM

Karina Kreminski, Lecturer in Missional Studies at Morling College, spoke to us at the 2018 Churches' Summit on May 19 at Kardinia Church.

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Summit 2018 Keynote - Leading Change - Mark Conner

Mitchell Salmon  |  31/05/2018 2:33:30 PM

Leading change is one of the most difficult tasks of being a leader. In this session, Mark Conner presents a biblical model for leading change with courage, faith and wisdom.

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Summit 2018 Keynote - The Strategic Leader - Mark Conner

Mitchell Salmon  |  31/05/2018 2:31:35 PM

Church leaders are called to be agents of change, courageously moving God’s people forward toward their God-given purpose. In this message, Mark Conner unpacks the key ingredients of the task of leadership.

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Summit 2018 Keynote - Money Talks - Mark Conner

Mitchell Salmon  |  31/05/2018 2:29:25 PM

One of people’s biggest pressures today is in the area of finances. In this message, Mark Conner equips church leaders to courageously train people toward wise financial management, including giving generously, saving and investing wisely, and living within their means.

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Summit 2018 Keynote - Navigating the Stages of Faith - Mark Conner

Mitchell Salmon  |  31/05/2018 2:18:01 PM

In this message, Mark Conner provides a roadmap for the journey of faith. This will be of great assistance to church leaders in their own lives and as they seek to be guides to others in courageous discipleship.

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Recommended Minimum Remuneration Package For People In Ministry In CCVT

Mitchell Salmon  |  24/05/2018 4:52:59 PM

The 2018/19 Recommended Minimum Remuneration Package for People in Ministry in CCVT, to commence on July 1, 2018, is available for download now.

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Marriage Legislation Conversation Evening

Mitchell Salmon  |  3/05/2018 3:19:09 PM

The Board very much believes that the best way to approach the implications of the changed Marriage Legislation is to begin prayerful, respectful dialogue with a view to understanding one another better, and with the deep desire to preserve our rich heritage of unity and diversity Tasmania and Victoria.

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CCVT Board Special Announcement: Appointment of Dr Robert Nyhuis

Mitchell Salmon  |  23/04/2018 11:53:05 AM

The CCVT Board announced some weeks ago that it had appointed a new Executive Officer. The name of the new appointee needed to be kept confidential until now, as they needed to inform their people and current employer of their decision and give adequate notice.

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CCVT Inc Annual Report 2018, Stories and Statistics from 2017

Mitchell Salmon  |  20/04/2018 10:00:00 AM

The latest Annual Report for Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania Inc is now available for download ahead of the CCVT Inc AGM on May 19, 2018.

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New CCFS App launched to support church giving

Mitchell Salmon  |  4/04/2018 11:53:08 AM

The way our congregation members give is rapidly changing and many churches are unprepared for the new digital economy. That’s why the new CCFS app is an essential giving option for churches and their congregations.

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In Regards to Permit Application for CCVT Centre...

Mitchell Salmon  |  4/04/2018 10:37:42 AM

CCVT is reviewing its investment in the Churches of Christ Centre at 582 Heidelberg Road, Fairfield. Part of this process has involved submitting a permit application for development to Yarra Council which has recently been reported in the media. 

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Churches of Christ Oral History Project

Mitchell Salmon  |  4/04/2018 10:32:16 AM

A great interview can move, teach, and inspire. Churches of Christ in Australia invite you to capture stories of our people.

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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.

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New Mandatory Data Breach Laws to Commence Feb 2018

Mitchell Salmon  |  6/02/2018 4:13:36 PM

The Australian Government has introduced new legislation to strengthen the protection of privacy and personal information, and to improve organisational transparency regarding data breaches. This is known as Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) scheme and will come into effect on the 22nd February 2018.

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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!

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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.

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Churches of Christ Insurance News

Mitchell Salmon  |  25/10/2017 9:57:52 AM

As you may know, Russell Hoath is stepping down as the Insurance & Risk Management Director on December 31, 2017, but will be returning in the new year to work a couple of days per week heading up our new venture, Faith Insurance.

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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!

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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. 

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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CCVT Seed Funding Applications Open

Mitchell Salmon  |  9/05/2017 10:51:19 AM

Seed Funding Applications for grants of $2 500 or $5 000 for CCVT affiliated Communities of Hope and Compassion are now open for the duration of May.

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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.

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CCVT 2017 Annual Report

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

Stories and statistics from 2016.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Banking Operations Job Opening

Mitchell Salmon  |  9/08/2016 9:49:32 AM

CCFS is different to a bank or credit union in that it is a religious, charitable, not for profit organisation. We are small but growing and as a result, the position of Banking Operations Supervisor has been created.

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Accountant Job Opening

Mitchell Salmon  |  9/08/2016 9:43:21 AM

If you are a dynamic forward thinker with the ability to lead a small team in the Operations area of the Churches of Christ Vic/Tas Inc, managing the day to day operations of the Accounting team, then this could be the role for you!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Car For Sale

Mitchell Salmon  |  19/05/2016 3:39:10 PM

The CCVT is selling a former company car.

This car is a seven speed Volkswagon Tiguan MY14. It is a white wagon made in 2014. It has a range of features including fitted SatNav, and has done 85 000 kilometres. The asking price is $19 500

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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CCFS & South Australia

Mitchell Salmon  |  20/04/2016 3:23:50 PM

CCFS is excited to welcome South Australia’s Building Extension Mutual Fund as their newest partner.

Discussions were conducted over many months with the SA BEMF Committee and executive team members. After working through the logistics of amalgamation we were able to welcome South Australian investors and borrowers to CCFS.

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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'. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...
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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?

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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.”
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