Keeping mission relevant, alive and supporting your church is important to all of us here at the Baptist Union of Scotland.
If you are a church leader looking to engage your church more deeply in mission (locally, nationally or globally), a student looking for a meaningful gap year or someone thinking about mission and wanting to explore further, I’m here to help, inform and enable:
✴Explore the church’s expression of mission
✴Discuss options for mission engagement
✴Facilitate mission understanding and practice
✴Discover BMS Action Teams and study electives
✴Learn about mission service opportunities
To find out more about the above over a friendly coffee, or to arrange a meeting, please contact me.
Rev Judy White
Mission Development Coordinator
Email: email@example.com www:bmsworldmission.org
Mobile: 0787 564 4672
Postal Address: The Baptist Union of Scotland, 48 Speirs Wharf, Glasgow, G4 9TH
Jim Purves is our Union's Mission & Ministry Advisor and leads the work of overseeing and promoting mission and ministry development within our Baptist Union of Scotland. He can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org, at 0141 433 4553 or on 07794 015645.
The Evangelical Alliance has recently released an exciting research report on the subject of evangelism, Confidently sharing the gospel? This was based on a survey of over 1,200 Christians in August 2012
Confidently sharing the gospel? is now available online to read and download. This research report looks at evangelism: how people became Christians, what works well and the fear factors which hinder us from sharing our faith. You can order paper copies and access a free downloadable Powerpoint presentation and discussion questions onthe Evangelical Alliance website, and also access previous reports on topics such as money and globalisation.
The link to the report is below:
Baptist Christians Working Together to Engage Effectively in Mission
During 2010 and 2011, discussions took place amongst Baptists to explore ways in which Baptist Christians could better work together for the sake of the gospel. Gradually it became clear that God was calling us to think and work collaboratively.
The outcome of this has been the formation of a new Mission Forum with representatives from:
" Baptist Union of Great Britain
" Baptist Union of Scotland
" Baptist Union of Wales
" BMS World Mission
" Irish Baptist Networks
" Baptist Colleges
The group met for the first time in June 2011.
The new Mission Forum will be a place for prayer, discussion, exploration and reflection and out of this we hope and pray will come new creative, imaginative and insightful ideas, thinking and resources to reach people with the good news of Jesus.
Missionscene is the bi-monthly newsletter from the Mission Forum with news of mission events, training and resources to help you and your church in mission.
'Connect’, our Union's monthly newsletter, interviewed Andy Scarcliffe, former Mission Advisor to the Baptist Union of Scotland, about the new PRISM pioneer planting initiative, about to be launched. CLICK HERE
to find out more.
The Big Welcome
What IS the Big Welcome?
Its is a simple concept that encourages us to invite one person we know to something we love. We hope that through the simple word 'Welcome' local churches will find ways to invite people into their church. This may be through a Sunday service, a special Sunday lunch, Cafe Church, a concert or whatever. The important thing is that you invite people by personal invitation, and when they respond you make them feel very welcome.
Whilst ‘Back to Church Sunday’ is celebrated by churches across the denominations each September, your church is free to adapt the Big Welcome resources and use them for events on other dates (the date can easily be removed from the bottom of the poster).
There are many resources available to help church present the Big Welcome
in a professional way. Details are here.
took more than a discreet peek and began to come with some regularity, which was a great encouragement. Overall, the church learnt a lot in the preparation for the day about how to welcome guest warmly and make sure they feel at ease when in our company. It really made us think what it meant to give people a big welcome.
More Than Gold
The Baptist Union of Scotland has partnered with “More than Gold”, the organisation recognised by the Olympics for developing a Christian faith-based response to the arrival of major sporting events in a nation.
For us that particularly means the Commonwealth Games is 2014 however the opportunity exists, with next year's Olympics just around the corner, to have a trial run and even prove to regional authorities our ability to organise events.
The number of opportunities that exist for Christian service and mission attached to a major sporting event are almost endless. I am very excited about the possibilities and pray that this opportunity will give us open doors to showing the love of Christ and witnessing to the gospel.
Details on how churches can get involved in sending mission teams to the Olympics are available here
Information on More Than Gold mission teams is here
A More Than Gold mission team Application Form is here
Although the Olympics will mostly take place in London, I encourage you to have an eye on the Olympic torch parade which is
likely to come to a city or town near you. Many towns and villages will seek to celebrate the arrival of the torch in a big way with local children and community servants taking part in the parade. This may give local churches the opportunity to engage with their community in a festival atmosphere and increase the town’s awareness of our Baptist Churches.
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