Developing Missional Leaders

Norm Nix Scholarship 2015

The annual Norm Nix scholarship is given to assist an Australian Baptist Pastor or theological student in their development as a leader in evangelism, in their ministry context. The scholarship is named in recognition of the outstanding leadership and service of retired Crossover Director Rev. Norm Nix, in encouraging evangelism throughout Australia. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide or contribute to the funding of the recipient’s undertaking a research project or specific training course, to allow for their intentional development as a missional leader. In 2015 it was the state of Victoria’s turn to delegate the scholarship, and they have awarded it to Scott Morrison, Julia Pope and Wes Prosser.

Scott Morrison

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Scott and his wife Sarah are intentionally involved in evangelism and church planting ministry in Melbourne. After Pastoring youth at Crossway Baptist Church, Melbourne, for seven years Scott started working full-time in disciple making and church planting with Praxeis in 2015, a ministry birthed out of Crossway. Scott explains Praxeis is all about seeing church planting movements grow in Melbourne, Australia and the rest of the world. It’s a ministry focus on praying, sharing the gospel and training others to share the Gospel. Scott and Sarah are currently connecting a Hindu family with the gospel and are considering working overseas in a predominantly Buddhist country in the future. The scholarship will support Scott as he does the Arrow Program to increase his capacity to lead others. He reflects that so far in the program (a 2 year course) God has spoken to him clearly about his heart attitude, the future and how he approaches his role. He also feels competent with admin for the first time!



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The 2015 scholarship will support Julia Pope and Wes Presser for their participation in BUV’s new program “Innovate”. The Innovate program aims to foster the incubating of dreams and launching of leaders through training and support by BUV’s Mission Catalyst team. The program will include personalised coaching and a menu of training components covering topics such as: practising shalom, Christian community development, forming new faith communities, evangelism social enterprise, understanding context and culture, leadership for innovation, business skills & business with a kingdom vision.


Julia Pope

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Julia is currently the Associate Pastor – Families at North Balwyn Baptist Church, married to Ian and they have two teenage sons. She is undertaking a Masters in Spiritual Direction through Wellspring and is excited to start Innovate. Julia has a passion to engage with people who don’t yet know Jesus personally. Her dream is to create a Wellness Centre where people have opportunity to discover Jesus in the midst of addressing their own personal wellbeing goals. Julia explains that “Jesus stated that he came to give us life to the fullest (John 10:10) and as followers of Jesus we have already discovered the key to a meaningful life in Christ. We were created by God to live life fully, in every aspect of our life, so why not have the best practitioners working on helping someone achieve physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing while discipling them about Jesus. “



Wes Prosser

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Wes is from the Geelong region of Victoria and has worked as a maths, science and info-tech secondary school teacher and teaching outdoor recreation activities. He is married to Sue and they have three boys. Sue and Wes lead one of the Communities of Faith connected to Cloverdale Baptist Church’s ‘Ripple Network’.  They meet weekly in their home and seek to engage with those in the local area. This faith community is seeking to connect their local community with Jesus through sharing the gospel, identifying and addressing local needs, and seeking God’s wisdom in how to create a stronger sense of community in their suburb. Wes hopes that the Innovate program will further equip him and his Faith Community as they reach out to their neighbours.