The Micro Church Network exists in order to enable the leaders of Micro Churches to be able to do what they are called to without being bogged down by the weight that is now associated with establishing and running a church. Because of their flexible and organic nature, micro churches struggle with the level of complexity, structure, number of systems, excessive governance oversight and compliance that is required to operate. However, what must be acknowledged is that all churches, no matter the size, require some form of spiritual, governential and compliance oversight as well as adhering to all government guidelines for religious organisations. Therefore, while they may be small and without paid staff, Micro Churches are expected to operate with governance consistent with current regulations.
The role of the Micro Church Network therefore is to give oversight and provide the level of compliance and structure in order for these initiatives to remain viable, flexible, organic and responsive to their mission to reach a people, place or purpose.
Andrew comes to the Micro Church Network with a vast range of experience in pastoral ministry having served in a number of different roles in different church contexts. But it is Andrew’s passion for seeing churches and leaders thrive in their unique context that really energises him. He is a creative and strategic thinker and sees discipleship and mission going hand in hand. He and his wife Leanne, along with an amazing team are currently establishing a new Micro Church network (Venew Church) across Melbourne’s East with a number of smaller contextual initiatives in various places joining together to form one church community.
Gayle is the head of the Mission Catalyst team at the Baptist Union of Victoria. She and her team works collaboratively with communities of faith to encourage fresh thinking in mission, to celebrate existing good examples and to pioneer new possibilities. She has been in pastoral ministry for the past 16 years, and brings experience and knowledge of pastoral leadership from a range of contexts, including a regional large church, revitalisation of a suburban church and now pioneering a missional church in the inner city of Melbourne. Gayle’s background has been in counselling, community development, palliative care and adult education.
Brett was born in Charlton, Victoria and spent his formative years growing up in East Brighton; Colac; and Box Hill South (Melbourne). He gave his heart to God at age thirteen and became a fully devoted follower of Jesus at 17 years of age joining Crossway (formerly, Blackburn Baptist Church). He is married to Michelle (1986) and they have three grown children; Keshia, Jemmah and Jarrod.
Following a call to full-time Christian Ministry he was trained as a Student Pastor, studying at the Melbourne School of Theology (formerly, the Bible College of Victoria) and Eastern College of Australia (Formerly, Tabor). He served as youth Pastor (Blackburn Baptist 1989-1994; Diamond Valley Baptist (1994-1998); an Associate at Crossway Baptist (1998-2007); and planted North Church Craigieburn (2007-2019). Brett is presently serving with the BUV as a Church planting Consultant.
Liah is part of the Mission Catalyst team at the Baptist Union of Victoria. She provides administrative support to Gayle Hill and the team.