8 years ago, on Valentine’s Day, Pastor Dave and his family started as Pastors at Yandina Baptist Church. A lot has happened, and many things have changed over that time, so we thought we’d ask Pastor Dave a few questions about ‘turning 8’.
What was your first impression of Yandina Baptist?
A welcoming, caring group of older people who had shown a faithfulness to God and to His church.
How do you think the church has grown in the last 8 years?
The biggest one is probably the purchase of the Connections building. I’m not really into having ‘big’ buildings but what the purchase did was enable us to be more active and connected in our community with ministries such as Men’s Shed and the Community Playgroup. We’ve also had a lot of new people of all ages come and call YB their spiritual home.
How have you grown and changed in the last 8 years?
I’ve gotten older and greyer 😊 I’ve realised the importance of being connected into the community and the difference that you can make by being available. I’ve also grown as a Pastor and I’m thankful for those who have helped in that.
Where do you see the church going for the next 8 years?
We need to be blurring the lines between church and community and having more and more influence with the people around us.
Our Pastor, Rev. David Tidey, was nominated by the Yandina Community for the 2018 Citizen of the Year Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards.
For each nomination, community representatives must write down why they believe the person should be nominated. Below is what was written about Pastor Dave.
"Never judge a book by its cover. Pastor David Tidey sports a large beard, is often bare footed and very casual in his approach. He has a unique way of fostering cooperation, and cohesion amongst local community groups and businesses to deliver good outcomes for themselves and their community. The quiet achiever works tirelessly for the Yandina Community in many Volunteer positions and we’d like to show our appreciation by nominating him for this award.
David moved to Yandina 9 years ago and over this time he has become a driving force behind many community projects and works closely with the Sunshine Coast Council to advise, develop and deliver infrastructure projects and other issues concerning our town.
David is the President of the Yandina Chamber of Commerce, President of the Yandina Street Fair Committee and member of the Yandina and District Community Association. David’s achievements include the organisation of many local events including Annual Street Fair, Christmas Carols, Clean Up Days, Anzac Day Parade and Service, Government and Council Community Nights, and the saving of historic housing and icons around the area. David attends up to 10-15 meeting a month and reports back to the local businesses and community on the outcomes. Looking after the facebook pages for yandinabuylocal, yandina chamber of commerce and yandinahappenin's, he keeps 2000+ locals up to date on what is happening in their local area.
Each week you will find him doing a walk and visitation to all the local businesses to check in on how they are going and addressing any concerns, both business wise and personally. David volunteers many hours towards the wellbeing of our town.
The community of the Yandina State School benefits from David’s involvement in teaching R.E. and offering support to families. In a volunteer capacity he organises the schools Anzac Day Service and attends presentations and special events at the school.
In his role as Pastor, David is called upon to minister to the people at all hours. David conducts himself without prejudice or discrimination and willingly supports and helps everyone from the homeless to the wealthy no matter what religion.
David is motivated by his belief that to have a healthy community we need to give a hand up so people can help themselves to create a safe, secure and ‘Community Aware’ lifestyle. Community programs started by David include the Children’s Playgroup, Yandina Men’s Shed, and Coffee & Chat group and encouraged the development of a Plein Air Art group and Toastmaster International club in Yandina.
David is a good role model and I, like many within the Yandina and surrounding community have endeavoured to follow his example. We believe he would be an extremely worthy recipient of this most prestigious award."
For 2018 our church theme is ‘Others’.
This focus of ‘Others’ comes with some challenges, one of them being ‘balance’. How do we put others first, not damage ourselves in the process, and glorify God? But these challenges are not enough to for us to withdrawal from making ‘Others’ our focus. There are, however, some keys to being able to get the balance. Listen here to learn these keys.
By putting ‘Others’ as our focus, we are in good company.
“It was Christmas Eve 1910. General William Booth, the founder of The Salvation Army was an invalid and near the end of his life – it was impossible for him to attend the Army’s annual convention.
Someone near the General suggested that Booth send a telegram to be read at the opening of the convention to the many Salvation Army soldiers in attendance as an encouragement for their many hours of labour serving others throughout the holidays and the old winder months. Booth agreed.
Funds were limited and telegrams charged by the word, so to ensure as much money as possible would still go to help the needy, General Booth decided to send a one-word message. He searched his mind and reviewed his years of ministry, seeking the one word that would summarise his life, the mission of the Army and encourage the soldiers to continue on.
When the thousands of delegates met, the moderator announced that Booth could not be present due to his failing health. Gloom and pessimism swept across the convention floor until the moderator announced that Booth had sent a telegram to be read at the start of the first session. He opened the message and read just one word:
“Others. Signed, General Booth”
It’s a great story but it’s the underlying conviction behind it that makes it even more powerful.
“I will tell you the secret: God has had all that there was of me. There have been men with greater brains that I, even with greater opportunities, but from the day I got the poor of London on my heart and caught a vision of what Jesus Christ could do with me and them, on that day I made up my mind that God should have all of William Booth, all there was. And if there is anything of power in the Salvation Army, it is because God has had all the adoration of my heart, of the power of my will, and all the influence in my life.”
Let’s ask ourselves, ‘What could God do through me if I gave Him our all? If He had all the adoration of my heart, all the power of my will, and all the influence over my life?’
That’s OUR goal as a church. To be a people who give all to God and to live it out. We’ll make mistakes. We won’t be perfect. But we are focused on trying, on accepting His grace, on offering His forgiveness, and on trying again.
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” 1 Cor 10:31
It's taken a few years but it's done! YB (Yandina Baptist Church) has a new website and we're pretty chuffed :) Here you can find out about what we do, as well as listen to recordings of our services, and see photos of what is happening in our church community. You can also get the latest news and reflections from our team.
It's great to have you 'visit' us online and we hope you come back again.