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 and Ireland, who are in Baptist ministry. That includes: those training, retired, working for Baptist-linked mission agencies - overseas or in the UK, and those in the world-wide Baptist family interested in Baptist ministry.
What we aim to do is this:
• reflect on issues and matters relating to Baptist ministry, and when appropriate to represent these to regional and national bodies;
• produce journals of academic, practical and contextual theology that encourage reflection on the practice and theology of Baptist ministry;
• enhance the sense of contact, concern and compassion among those involved in Baptist ministry;
• encourage members to commit themselves to mutual prayer on Sunday mornings;
• offer practical care through the administration of a benevolent fund