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Connect March

I'm really pleased to deliver you the latest issue of Connect. In it you'll find content aimed at encouraging you to think you can live fruitful, intentionally missional lives on the frontlines of the workplace. Most, if not all of you, will be or have spent a considerable amount of time working in a job, trade, or profession. So hearing from a range of folk like Rev Jack Quinn (a Chaplain to Brahead Shopping Centre), a sexual health nurse serving her patients, an IT worker who helps fight global poverty, and a nursery nurse, I hope will be edifying to you. Please download the attachment below or click here to view it online.

 

Rory Martin

An encouragement from Jim Purves

Having visited, in the last 3 years, nearly all the congregations within our BUS, it is a great privilege to be one of the few people who are in a position to make accurate comment and authentic report as to what is actually going on in our churches. 

The truth is that the Baptist Union of Scotland is made up of many lively and vitally Christ centred Christian communities, striving to be intentionally relational, creatively rooted and unashamedly missional. Three years on, I have revisited Grant Hamilton, the pastor of Carbrain Baptist Church in Cumbernauld. Here is what he has to celebrate, among much blessing .....

Watch ther video here.



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Whitley Lecture 2015: What is Ministry?

The word ‘ministry’ in English Bibles is typically a translation of the Greek word diakonia. This has been thought to imply such ideas as ‘loving service’. However, one recent writer claimed that, ‘[s]uch mass misreadings of the Scriptures have no place in a church’. At a time when British Baptists are focussing particular attention on ministry for the future, this lecture will re-examine the use and meaning of the term diakonia' in three key New Testament texts, to see how ‘ministry’ is there understood. The lecture will challenge some aspects of the new approach to diakonia, but also begin to explore its significance for those who minister today.

So we are delighted to announce that the Scottish Baptist College in partnership with the Baptist Union are bringing Ed Kaneen to take the 2015 Whitley Lecture: What is Biblical Ministry?: Revisiting diakonia in the New Testament. Ed Kaneen is Tutor in Biblical Studies at South Wales Baptist College, and teaches New Testament in Cardiff University.

 

This will take place at Central Baptist Church, Paisley on the evening of Thursday February 26th.

Attendance is free, and all are welcome!

Contact the College for further details: 0141 848 3988, or Joyce.Holloway@uws.ac.uk

Community Worker Needed

The Community Development Worker will be employed by Pollokshaws Community Project (see below*).  The Community Development Worker will be working specifically with, and alongside, the Pastor and Leadership Team of Auldhouse Community Church, situated between the Pollokshaws, Auldhouse, Mansewood and Newlands areas of Glasgow.

 

The nature of this job is to help and support various projects currently taking place from the church into the local community, all relating to food, issues of food poverty and hospitality. We currently run aFoodbank in association with the Trussell Trust, which is open to two afternoons per week (Tuesday & Friday). We have also just recently started up a ministry on a Thursday called Community Kitchen, which is basically a drop in for lunch, a friendly chat and advice/ direction in how to find help from other community organisations. Finally we have run a Community Café (called Lighthouse) for the past ten years on a Friday morning.

 

The main purpose of a these projects to offer a space where people can find a friendly and warm welcome around the provision of or by participating in good nutritious food, develop relationships with others and network with other supportive community organisations, build their confidence and motivation and provide an opportunity to explore further a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Download application here.

 

Applicants sought for positions on our National Team

Mission Development Coordinator

The Baptist Union of Scotland and BMS World Mission are delighted to seek applicants for the innovative post of Mission Development Coordinator within the family of Baptists in Scotland.

The successful candidate will be a member of the National Team developing, implementing and managing an integrated programme of mission consultation, training and engagement with Scottish Baptist Churches.

Applicants should be in full agreement with Baptist principles, strong team players with high quality communication and relational skills, supported by a passion for mission engagement and action expressed both locally and globally.

Based in Glasgow, this full-time post is funded jointly by the Baptist Union of Scotland and BMS World Mission.

Closing date: 12 noon on 13 February 2015
Interview date:  12-13 March 2015

The Baptist Union of Scotland and BMS World Mission both operate an equal opportunities policy and encourage applications from all sectors of the community.

For an application form and information pack, contact:
Jenny Wilson, Baptist Union of Scotland, 48 Speirs Wharf, Glasgow, G4 9TH 0141 423 6169 or director@scottishbaptist.org.uk

 

Ministry Development Coordinator

The Baptist Union of Scotland is delighted to seek applicants for the post of Ministry Development Coordinator.

The successful candidate will be a member of the National Team developing, implementing and managing a programme of ministry development, training and engagement with Scottish Baptist ministers.

Applicants should be in full agreement with Baptist principles, strong team players with high quality communication and relational skills, supported by a passion for ministry development.

This full-time post is based in Glasgow.

Closing date: 12 noon on 13 February 2015
Interview date:  9 March 2015

The Baptist Union of Scotland operates an equal opportunities policy and encourages applications from all sectors of the community.

For an application form and information pack, contact:
Lynn Scott, Baptist Union of Scotland, 48 Speirs Wharf, Glasgow, G4 9TH   0141 423 6169 or admin@scottishbaptist.org.uk