Join us in prayer for BU Council 23-24 March 2021
Baptist Union Council is meeting next week online and we invite you to join us in prayer. We are already anticipating what God will do as Council gathers to talk and discern together.
During this Council we have some significant items to discuss, including the Pioneer Manifesto. This part of our agenda will be led by our Pioneer Enablers – Rev Ali Boulton, Rev Roy Searle and Rev Simon Goddard This is, of course, in addition to our usual standing items like finance and the Key Roles Nominations Team report. Click here to view the full agenda.
At noon on Tuesday, one year on from lockdown, Council will pause together to reflect. We are all encouraged to take a moment on 23rd March to remember and to acknowledge the losses we have experienced, the pain of our communities and the struggles the pandemic has created across our world. As we pause, we pray in hope to God who calls us by name and leads us with the promise of perfect, unending love.
Linda Hopkins will be praying with our General Secretary Lynn Green on Wednesday 24 March at 7pm for our national prayer broadcast as another way to gather to pray, remember and give thanks for God’s faithfulness during the past year. Join here
For those of you who would like to understand the role of Council, our Governance Report outlines the role of Council as follows:
The key location of strategic leadership and oversight for the Union should be with the Council. This is the body that is representative of the churches through their Associations and colleges, and where the full diversity of the denomination can and should be fully expressed. The leadership and oversight of others will be discerned and held accountable here. As we envisage it, it will be:
the body which exercises spiritual and strategic oversight of the affairs of the Union;
the place where the rich diversity of our membership will be expressed and empowered and leadership exercised;
the forum in which the complex relationships of Union life will be valued and mutual trust be encouraged and enabled;
the meeting at which key decision-makers, such as appropriate association officers, will play a part alongside prophetic voices and spiritual leaders.
Please see who represents your Association should you wish to contact them before we meet.
The key reflections and decisions from Council will be communicated in the following week.
Lynn Green, General Secretary of Baptists Together