10 am – 4 pm Saturday 23rd January 2016
A day conference held in partnership with the South Wales Baptist Association and the Baptist College for the Baptist network of church leaders and sector ministries to discern where God might be leading as we face the challenges and opportunities of mission in the future within Wales as a whole.
A day for thinkers, practitioners and those who dream of new Gospel pathways in Wales.
Whilst the presentations will be done through the medium of english, the hope is that welsh language speakers can discuss and engage with the important challenge of mission in Wales to welsh speakers
Some of the challenges about pioneering missional work revisit some common themes that we struggle to find adequate language for especially within our existing structures.
1. When is a church, a church?
Baptists have a certain way of doing church. But how do you recognise new forms of church? What are the key components of church? Is it a constitution, church members, communion? If mission leads to new expressions of church how do we ensure that our values and practice remains Biblical?
2. When is a minister, a minister?
How do Baptists recognise new forms of ministry? Is a pastor / teacher the only model? How do we recognise bi-vocational ministry and embrace and give space to those who are doing ministry differently? How can we encourage and support entrepreneurial ministry?
3. When is mission, mission?
A chance to hear the different ways in which God is at work in Wales and to imagine what mission could look like in Wales and how we might prepare for that. In preparation for this could you spend a moment sharing your story on the private group’s facebook* page along the lines of what are you doing, where are you doing it, what are your values, where do you see mission in Wales and what stories inspire you about mission in Wales.
*Those attending will be invited to join this closed group. If you are not on facebook you can email your stories to Nick Bradshaw or Simeon Baker using the email contacts below.
Please put the date in your diary now to meet with other practitioners and thinkers
to reflect theologically and practically about mission in Wales.
Cost: £5 which will include lunch – payable on the day.
University of South Wales,