In recent months, many of us have had to adapt and rethink our ways of being church in response to COVID-19. The closure of our chapel buildings has meant exploring new ways to worship. When we planned last year to introduce a missional training program for churches in partnership with Cam Roxburgh from Forge Canada, we did not imagine how relevant it would be for us in 2020. The missional challenge facing all of us is remains greater than ever and we all have to think differently about being the church today or risk being left behind in a World that is rapidly moving on.
Our hope is to see many of our Baptist chapels vibrant in their witness to Jesus, who calls each of us to follow Him. Over recent months, Cam Roxburgh has met with Baptist Ministers in Saundersfoot and held a series of five monthly taster sessions to introduce the missional journey we are about to begin.
Here is a short 3 min video from Cam explaining why missional training is an important journey for the church today.
You will find here two documents with information about what the missional training will look like and how to register for this September.
The Ethos program is for churches who feel ready to commit to this two year missional training program.
The Explore Project is a parallel program for churches who are not yet ready but would like to take a year to prepare themselves for Ethos.
We are asking churches to register in advance so that we can prepare for an Autumn start. The document asks you to register by 1st August but if you would like more time to consider please let me know and we will note your interest.
Finally, we realise that this will not be for every church at this particular time. We understand that everyone’s context is different and the purpose of this missional journey is to understand what mission looks like in your local situation. If you decide this is not for you right now, our hope is that you will be able to join this journey as we hear good reports from those who do.
We would value your prayers as we begin this new venture and and are confident that God has provided this opportunity to more deeply understand what it means to join Him in mission.
Thank you and we pray that God would continue to bless you.