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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 particularattention 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

St Andrews Day Prayer for Parliament

When The StAnd team first got together, we agreed that any centrally-organised St Andrews’ Day prayer event should take place whenever 30 November fell, and that is what we have done since 2011.

 

This year, appreciating that St Andrews’ Day falls on a Sunday and that 30 November is for some churches the first Sunday in Advent, we have decided not to hold any major prayer gathering, to avoid clashing with church events that day. 

 

Instead we are suggesting that every church include some prayer for the nation in its Sunday services on 30 November.  There are some suggested prayer points below, which may also be used by individuals or groups who wish to pray at other times in that day for Scotland.   If you are a church leader – would you consider including some prayer for the nation in your service?  If you are a church member – would you ask your minister/leader if this could be done?

 

For those in the Edinburgh area, there will be a gathering at the Scottish Parliament for an hour on the Sunday afternoon – see separate article.  If you can join us there, you will be very welcome!

 

Thank you for continuing to pray for this nation!

 

Alistair Barton

On behalf of the StAnd team

 

Suggested prayer points

 

Give thanks that St Andrew is known as the disciple who ‘brought people to Jesus’.  Pray God’s blessing on the many and varied outreach activities taking place all over Scotland, that they would touch many lives and ‘bring many to Jesus’. 

 

 Pray that more churches will become active in reaching out to their communities, and that once again Scotland will be known for its missionary work, both at home and overseas.

 

Continue to pray for the Smith Commission on further devolution powers.  St Andrew’s Day is due to be the first ‘milestone’ in the programme set out by the UK party leaders, with the publication by the Commission of their ‘Heads of Agreement’ – the basis on which drafting of legislation will proceed. 

 

Pray that the Commission’s proposals will not ‘re-open old wounds’ but will bring a measure of healing and reconciliation to those on both sides of the independence debate.   Pray also that the ongoing debate will be conducted in a healthy and wholesome way, with respect and understanding of opposing views.

 

Pray for Nicola Sturgeon as she steps into her new roles as leader of the SNP and Scotland’s First Minister, and for the new depute SNP leader, Stuart Hosie – for God’s wisdom and plans to prevail in their lives and all their decisions and activities (1 Tim 2:1-2).  Pray for whoever Nicola appoints as her depute First Minister.

 

Pray for more Christians to become actively involved in the political life of this nation and to stand for election to the Scottish Parliament, so that the Christian presence and influence in the Parliament and Government would increase. 

 

Continue to intercede for Scotland – that ‘Your kingdom come, Your will be done’ in our nation.

 

To sign up, please follow the details on the link. /sites/default/files/files/Prayer%20at%20Parliament.pdf

Cinnamon Network

An evening event to help folk find out how to access thousands of pounds of cash for their communituies is due to take place in Glasgow

The Cinnamon Network is inviting you to Findlay Memorial to come hear about 24 recognised church-based community
projects, how to access a £2,000 micro grant, and how to undertake a Cinnamon Faith Action Audit.

Any Baptist Churches that do give will have their funding matched by the Baptist Union of Scotland.

It takes place Wednesday 3rd December, 7:00 pm.

While it is free, you stil need to click the following link to book online. 

http://cinnamonglasgow.eventbrite.co.uk