The Vision of Longbeach Parish is that we will become a large vibrant church community, existing over two Centres, each with its own particular focus. We will not only be known by the community, but be seen as a place of community, where people can see Christ in Word and action. The proclamation of the Good News of God’s love in Jesus Christ will be the centre of the parish and all its actions.
Reverend Sue Bluett
Sue was the youngest of six children and grew up in small town in the North Island of New Zealand. She grew up on the All Blacks, the Silver Ferns, Crowded House and Hokey Pokey ice-cream. Her love for her home country has never wavered.
Her parents had her dedicated at Waihi Baptist Church and her faith was greatly influenced through reading the Bible, Sunday School Teachers, visiting Missionaries, Youth Ministers and Ministers.
At the age of nine she felt a calling on her life to mission work. As she shared this with family and friends over the next years of her life, confirmation came from people and ministers and this scripture became very important to her. John 15:16 ‘You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for in my name.’
All through Sue’s life, God was preparing her for this ministry. She started her career as a teacher, but this was cut short by a call to study Theology. Children and Families ministry had always been a passion for Sue so at the end to her time at BCNZ, she accepted a role as a trainer and equipper at Scripture Union.
Then came the clear call to mission. In 1995, God challenged Sue to leave her homeland, ‘The land of the long white cloud’ and travel to ‘The land of the long weekend’ (which have increased in her time in Australia) where she accepted the pastoral position as Children and Families Minister at St Hilary’s Anglican Church in Kew. While in this role she benefited from working under great leaders and was given the space to develop in her leadership gifts and initiate new ministries.
Her passion and skills in Pastoral Ministry were enhanced through the opportunity to work as a Chaplain at Carey Baptist Grammar School. She loved working with the children, families and staff and being the presence of God within this educational setting.
Eight years ago, she responded to God’s calling to return to Church ministry, serving in roles at All Saint’s Greensborough and St Mark’s Emerald. This local congregational experience has given her the opportunities to explore different models of ministry and community engagement providing valuable experience that will provide a good foundation for her leadership role now at Longbeach Parish.