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If you are a regular visitor to this website, you’ll notice an exciting new layout rapidly developing. Please bear with us as we look to add colour, pics, interactive features, and much more over the coming weeks. Do refer back regularly for updates and future links to pages like the BMF Journal.
Important forthcoming event to highlight, from Paul Goodliff (BUGB Head of Ministry):
“The shape of the Assembly this year does not allow for the easy delivery of the Baptist Minister’s Fellowship AGM, and so I am very pleased to be able to commend to you their event organised for Thursday, June 5th, from 11.00-3.30 p.m. at Bloomsbury central Baptist Church, Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP.
This is to be a Conversation with Joe Kapolyo, Dawn Savage and Dan Foster, chaired by John Rackley on the theme:
Pathways for Baptist Ministry, pastor, pioneer , bivocational.
The day will include a short BMF AGM. Everyone is welcome, (not just BMF members)and there is no charge, but you are invited to bring your own lunch. Please reply to the BMF Secretary, Stephen Copson at email@example.com
I am especially pleased to be able to commend this event to you for two reasons. I think every Baptist minister should be in membership with the BMF, and so this gives me the opportunity to encourage you to join, if you have not done so yet. BMF is one of the prime ways in which ministers can find the support and encouragement they need in ministry, and I would be delighted if every minister joined.
Secondly, BMF have engaged so helpfully with the big questions being asked about ministry at the moment, and I attended a previous BMF consultation day on human sexuality that was a great success. The questions about the future shape of ministry are of great significance to us as we engage in a review of our selection and formation processes, and I welcome wholeheartedly the opportunity for BMF to help ministers engage in the conversation directly, and thank them for doing so. If you can get to central London for this day, then I urge you to do so. The whole day promises to be fascinating and fruitful.”
… we at the BMF say amen to this commendation, and look forward to meeting with you on the 5th June.
NEWSFLASH! Due to demand, a Northern (wider-Yorkshire area) repeat of this event is being planned – watch this space for further details.
Why we exist…
Ministry is demanding. God’s call on our lives isn’t something that can be contained inside 9 to 5 working hours. You’re constantly being pushed – by your own expectations, by a congregation, by those with whom you work – into new areas of challenge. And sometimes you long for those alongside you who understand where you are, and what you are being asked to become.
Of course there are resources, and good ones. Mentoring schemes, the Ministry department, your Regional Ministry Team. But how would it be if, alongside all these, there was a fellowship to which you could belong, a fellowship of those engaged in ministry of all kinds, which existed in order to provide support, encouragement and representation?
There is. The Baptist Ministers’ Fellowship is just such a group – open to all those, in the UK or elsewhere, who are in Baptist ministry or in ministerial training, and to those who have been in ministry. What we aim to do is this:
- Reflect on issues and questions related to ministry
- Represent ministers in denominational matters, especially to the Senior Management Team
- Support ministers and local Ministers’ Meetings
- Care, through our Benevolent Fund
- Build a network of relationships
- Pray for one another.
And that’s what we do. If you would like to know more, then contact us. Email BMF at