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Maranoa Warrego Anglican Mission Area remembered

“We Anglicans in the Maranoa and Warrego Regions have learned much from the foundation of the first Mission District (later Mission Area) of the Anglican Church Southern Queensland. We have learnt that new ministry models need to be developed in an ongoing way, requiring flexibility as the needs of an area change,” says Jennifer Crocker from The Parish of Mitchell

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Four essential qualities for serving, leading and sharing life in rural ministry

“Over the last seven and a half years I have come to call the Western Region ‘home’ and am deeply grateful for friendship shared with lay leaders, clergy, and congregations across a broad geography. I think there are at least four standout qualities demonstrated by many people I work with in rural and remote Australia,” says Bishop Cam Venables

The Rev'd Micahel Stalley and Bishop Cam Venables hanging out with the Big Meat Ant in Augathella in October 2021. The Big Meat Ant is inspired by the local football team and draws tourists to the tiny Western Queensland town.
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1,400km, 16 hours, three churches and two clergy

“As we travelled, it was clear that Bishop Cameron knows each community, its people and clergy deeply. He ministers alongside them with empathy and understanding. Many in his region know him as ‘our priest’ because he spends much of his time working with the parishes who do not have their own local clergy,” says The Rev’d Michael Stalley

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Accepting the challenge

“God called Ross from a well-paid role in agriculture to a poorly-paid role in the Church…and he accepted the challenge. In comparison, ordained ministers are paid well these days, but there is still something deeply vocational about our role. It demands much of us and will take us to places that are physically, psychologically and emotionally challenging,” says Bishop Cam Venables

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Mustering and ministering in the Maranoa-Warrego and beyond

“Outback ministry is more than services, Bible studies and prayers…As well as assisting graziers with feral pest control, I also help food producers with mustering…I mow the lawns of elderly home owners; help school children with their reading; engage in maintenance, repair and painting of parish buildings; and, aid very elderly parishioners by cleaning churches,” says intrepid Western Region missioner, The Rev’d Geoff Reeder

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“In contrast to the BCA, which does not support rural ministry in the Anglican Church Southern Queensland, the BMF only supports rural ministry in parishes of our Diocese and gives at least 98 per cent of all money donated to support rural ministry,” says Bishop Cam Venables, as he updates us on the BMF’s vital work