The Role of the President
The President’s main role is as a communicator/facilitator of our Baptists Together vision and mission. As an elected position, it carries a certain independence that at times allows for a prophetic voice to be heard both within and beyond Baptists Together, although the President will mainly focus on internal representation and the facilitation of our Baptists Together vision and mission within our Union. They will need to undertake to travel around our Union, engaging with local churches, regional Associations and Colleges as appropriate.
The President is a member of the Core Leadership Team, which draws together those offering leadership within our Baptist movement in order to perceive what God is doing, to encourage flourishing across Baptists Together and to model together what it means to be a Kingdom Movement. The President’s role as part of this group will be in bringing insights from their presidential travels as well as their own particular experience and expertise. The President also leads the CLT Accompanying Group, which provides prayer support and shares in spiritual and missional reflection with CLT. The Accompanying Group act as ‘critical friends’ bringing perspectives from beyond the CLT. The group will not meet separately from the CLT, but will share with them in sustained times of prayer and reflection on their work, and will covenant routinely to hold them in prayer before God. As leader of the group, the President will be expected to coordinate the other members of the Accompanying Group, and their contact with CLT.
There will also be occasions when the President will provide a symbol or focus for unity of Baptists Together, and as such will represent our Union at various civic and ecumenical events. There may be some involvement in the annual Assembly, and the President may be invited by BMS World Mission to visit some of their work overseas.
The President is considered one of the Officers of our Union, and is a member of Council. Expenses for attending meetings and events will be covered, as will travel expenses to preaching engagements unless covered by the hosting church or a preaching fee.