Assembly is, under Christ, the authoritative body of the Baptist Union of Scotland. It is held once a year at the end of October (although additional Assemblies can be called as necessary) in partnership with BMS World Mission.
Assembly is a coming together of the whole Scottish Baptist family, with every church having the opportunity to send delegates and their minister to celebrate, discuss and review our life together in an atmosphere of listening to God in and through each other.
Assembly is made up of all ministers listed in the Accredited List of the Union and those in pastoral charge of churches in membership of the Union, delegates from churches and colleges in membership with the Union and all members of Council.
The Baptist Union of Scotland
At the heart of our Union has been a longing to resource a network of life-changing Baptist communities: living, breathing, growing churches, whose Christ-like living has a transformative impact on Scotland’s villages, towns and cities. We pray that what we offer to one another releases and equips us to reach our nation for Christ, to make disciples of those who come to faith and to place them in a church that will build them up and send them out to live ‘under Christ’s rule’. We seek to do this by being:
- Intentionally Relational
- Unashamedly Missional
- Creatively Rooted
BMS World Mission
BMS World Mission is a Christian mission organisation, working in around 40 countries on four continents. BMS believes in holistic mission, an approach that stays true to the Christian call to evangelisation without neglecting the duty to take care of the physical needs of the poor.
To be fearless for a believer is not to know no fear, but to act with boldness and trust in the face of fear. Can you imagine what our witness would be like if we Scottish Baptists were known for our fearlessness? All of our networks and neighbourhoods are calling out for disciples of Christ to be fearless in their witness and service. A people who will remember the often repeated commandment and promise of God “Do not be afraid, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
This year our Assembly unpacked aspects of discipleship in relation to this word “Fearless.” We were joined by Teun van der Leer, Rector of the Dutch Baptist Seminary, who explored our Baptist roots and the fearless witness of early Baptists. Rosey McFarlane, Pastor of Pastoral Care & Prayer at Stirling Baptist Church, helped us reflect on fearless prayer and how we might grow in boldness in and through prayer. Kang-San Tan, General Director of BMS World Mission, closed our Assembly with an exploration of the topic fearless mission reflecting on what it looks like today for us to participate in the mission of God with a Godly boldness.
Assembly 2018 was held on Thursday 25th & Friday 26th October, Motherwell Concert Hall
Messages of hope.
Throughout the Bible there is a concept of God using messengers to communicate with his own people and others. Whilst he speaks directly to key individuals, those individuals are regularly used to convey the message to a larger audience, like Moses and Jonah. As the New Testament unfolds, John the Baptist’s message of repentance prepares the way for Jesus. Progressing through the New Testament, we encounter a variety of messengers, people like Paul, Timothy and Titus, who take messages between churches. In Acts15, the church in Antioch selects some messengers to go to Jerusalem to explore the key question of gentile conversation. By the end of the council, the church in Jerusalem selects Judas and Silas as messengers who travel to other churches, telling them what has been agreed.
This year at our Assembly, we are asking churches to think of the people they send as messengers rather than delegates! People whose primary role will be to share an encouragement, challenge, story or opportunity that flows from the ministry of your local church. Messengers who can also return to your church with news, challenge and opportunities that have been discovered during our time together.
Assembly 2017 was held on Thursday 26th & Friday 27th October, Motherwell Concert Hall