GERALDTON BAPTIST CHURCH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Geraldton Baptist Church (GBC) has a growing passion to help people say ‘Yes’ to Jesus. To do this more effectively we are seeking to build a vital prayer culture; develop missional leaders; and experiment with extended family on mission together. Geraldton has often been seen as a desert for young adults of faith in Jesus, but with God’s vision we are seeking to see that transformed into a vibrant young adult faith community. We aspire to be a community that reaches out to those who have fallen away from faith or who have never understood the good news of Jesus. As this occurs, this group will become role models and servants to the youth of this town and their families. To prepare them for the task, we desire to equip and invest in young adults who are committed to being living examples and lifelong learners of Jesus.
Geraldton is a regional ‘city’ located on a beautiful coastal reef about 450km’s north of Perth, Western Australia. With a population of 35,000, the region’s economy is centred on agriculture (grain and sheep), mining and commercial fishing. Sport is the chief recreation for young adults, including water sports like windsurfing, fishing and surfing alongside a huge range of sub-culture interests for a relatively small population. The weather is very mild to warm most of the year with a cooling breeze in the summer months. Geraldton is the regional hub of the Midwest of WA (450,000 square km’s) where many service providers for the region are located.
About the Internship
Australian Internships run from February through to November. The internship schedule each week revolves around a day of training in leadership, discipleship, and mission. Alongside this teaching day, sits a ministry day each week for you to pioneer ways to impact the youth and young adult community of Geraldton. Involvement in our Sunday services, missions trips, and weekend retreats are all a part of the experience to stretch you to new places of faith and action. The community you develop as a FORM team will be one of the most transformative aspects of your Internship as you support and inspire one another. Finally, finding part-time work in the community of Geraldton will provide for your physical needs, but also connect you in day to day interactions with people just like you.
Ben & Grace Rollett
Ben & Grace have taken the bold step to migrate from Network Church, Sheffield to help birth FORM in Australia. God stitched their journey with GBC together in 2018 whilst they were on a world trip as a newly married couple. Ben is very keen on mission and discipleship through sports, whilst Grace brings a passion for prayer and authentic community. Both have completed a FORM internship at Network Church, and testify to its huge benefits.
Craig & Janelle Palmer
Craig is Senior Pastor at GBC, whilst Janelle will be assisting the Spiritual formation and training aspects of the FORM internship. They have 3 pre-teen and teen boys and have worked with youth and young adults for the last 25 years in various staff and volunteer roles.
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