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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 will unpack aspects of discipleship in relation to this word “Fearless.” We will be joined by Teun van der Leer, Rector of the Dutch Baptist Seminary, who will be exploring our Baptist roots and the fearless witness of early Baptists. Rosey McFarlane, Pastor of Pastoral Care & Prayer at Stirling Baptist Church, will be helping 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, will close 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 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.

About Us

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.


Teun van der Leer

Teun van der Leer (1959) is the rector of the Dutch Baptist Seminary at VU-University in Amsterdam. Having worked as a journalist and as a teacher in highschool for around ten years, he was ordained as a Minister in 1993. Since 2005 he works at the Seminary, teaching Baptist History & Theology, Ecclesiology and Liturgy. Since 1984 he is the editor of ‘Soteria’, a quarterly for evangelical theological reflection. He is married to Ria and father of three sons and grandfather of three grandsons and two granddaughters. He loves to read, to play chess and to bike.

Kang-San Tan is General Director of BMS World Mission

Previously, Kang San was Head of Mission Studies at Redcliffe College and Director for Mission Research for OMF. He obtained his Masters in Christian Studies in Old Testament from Regent College, Canada, and completed his doctoral studies in Missiology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, USA. He also holds a PhD in Theology of Religions from Aberdeen University.  He is passionate to explore with local churches on aspects of multicultural churches, missional leadership and engagements with Islam and Buddhism.

He is married to Loun-Ling (lawyer, pastor, trainer and woman speaker) and they have a grown up daughter, Chara, working in Canada.

Rosey Mcfaralne

Rosey Mcfaralne has been working as one of the Pastors at Stirling Baptist Church for the last 10 years. Over that time she has fulfilled different roles, starting with youth & students then moving on to Adult ministry. During the majority of that time at SBC she has been very involved in equipping the church and encouraging the church in prayer, running many different prayer initiatives over the years, overseeing the prayer ministry team and leading healing services.

Before moving to Stirling, Rosey worked for Youth For Christ, locally and nationally where she felt as an organisation she was equipped, and was given many opportunities to develop her gifts in discipleship and mission. Rosey is married to Kirk and they have a daughter Zara – Grace who is two years old now, They have two working cocker spaniels and as a family enjoy all the dog walks and outdoor life together.


Ilse Ogston lives in Bishopton with her husband Stephen and baby son Ewan. They are members of Queen’s Park Baptist Church in Glasgow where Ilse has recently been appointed as Worship Coordinator. She is a long-standing member of the worship team and regularly leads worship there. Ilse also works part time as a Speech and Language Therapist. Her passions include communication and creativity. These are often expressed through singing and songwriting. Ilse has released two albums of her own songs, ‘Turn the page’ and ‘Skyline’ and has also been a part of several musical projects including, most recently, Satellite.
Satellite is a group of songwriters, vocalists and musicians drawn from various churches across Scotland. They have a vision to help resource the church with an indigenous collection of songs which are theologically sound, lyrically fresh and melodically accessible. Combining strong vocal harmonies and organic acoustic instrumentation, Satellite offer an uplifting and distinctive sound drawn from their unique Scottish heritage. They have released two albums of original home grown material, ‘Church Come Alive’ and ‘One Church, One Voice’.

Getting to Motherwell

By Car
Motherwell is easily accessible by car from all major roads around Glasgow including the M8 and the M73/M74.
By Train
The nearest train station to the venue is Airbles Train Station which is a 10min walk away. Motherwell Station is a 15min walk away from the venue.
By Bus
There are a number of buses which run between Glasgow and Motherwell. Please contact Glasgow, Buchanan Bus Station on 0141 333 3708 for more information.
Car Parking at the Venue
There is a car park at Motherwell Civic Centre. However, parking will be restricted on Thursday and Friday during the day. Some dedicated disabled spaces will be available for those with blue badges who require this facility, but we ask that most people use other car parks nearby during the day on the Thursday and Friday.
There will be plenty of parking available at the venue in the evening

Hotels and Eating Place in and around Motherwell

This is a small list of what is available in the local area. For a full list please visit –


Alona Hotel Strathclyde Country Park – 01698 333888
Dakota Shawfoot Road, Eurocentral Business Park, Motherwell – 01698 835444
Dalziel Park Hotel – Motherwell – 01698 862862
Holiday Inn Express, Hamilton – 01698 456300
Holiday Inn Express, Strathclyde Park – 01698 858585
Premier Inn, Motherwell – 08715278430
Premier Inn, Nerston Toll, East Kilbride – 0871 5278446
The Moorings Hotel, Hamilton Road, Motherwell – 01698 258131
The Bentley Hotel, High Road, Motherwell – 01698 3265588


Motherwell Cook & Indis World Buffet 1, Manse Rd, Motherwell ML1 2PW
Da Claudio’s Italian Restaurant Brandon St. Motherwell
Indian villa 68-70 Windmillhill Street | ML1 1TA, Motherwell, Scotland
The Brandon Works [wetherspoons] 45-61 Merry Street, Motherwell, Scotland
The Glasshouse Restaurant @ the AlonA AlonA Hotel | Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell ML1 3RT
The Mandarin 70 Hamilton Road, Motherwell
The Moorings Hotel Bar and Grill Hamilton Road, Motherwell
The Rex Fish Restaurant Windmillhill Street, Motherwell
Toby Carvery Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell ML1 3RB
Tony Macaroni 352 Brandon Street, Motherwell ML1 1AX


Andiamo Italian Restaurant Cadzow St. Hamilton
Pizza Hut Palace Ground Retail Park, Hamilton ML3 6AD
Nando’s Palace Ground Retail Park, Hamilton ML3 6AD
Frankie & Benny’s Palace Ground Retail Park, Hamilton ML3 6AD
Mushtags Indian Restaurant Almada St. Hamilton

Assembly Programme 2018

Thursday 25th

10.30 Morning Bible Study (In the Theatre) Led by Teun Van Der Leer, Dutch Theological Seminary
12.00 Fearless Union (In the Theatre) Reports on our change of charitable status and finances, as well as updates from various groups in our Union.
13.00–14.00 LUNCH BREAK
14:00 Fearless Team (Main Auditorium) Our National Team report on the events of the last year.
15.15–15.45 COFFEE BREAK
15.45 Seminars (four seminar options to choose from) 1. Fearless Generation – Interactive Style – Ali Laing with Eilidh Forsyth, Alpha Arakaza and Liam Morton (Main Auditorium)
2. Fearless Witness – Taught Style – Kang-San and Loun Tan, BMS (Theatre)
3. Fearless SCIO Compliance – Alan Holloway & Brian Miller (Cafe, Motherwell Baptist Church)
4. Fearless in Worship – Ilse Ogston & friends (Lower Meeting Room, Civic Centre)
17.00–19.00 DINNER BREAK
19.00–21.00 Evening Celebration (Main Auditorium) Welcome to guests and new church
Focus on BMS World Mission
Fearless Prayer – Speaker – Rosey McFarlane, Stirling Baptist Church

Friday 26th

10.00 Morning Bible Study (In the Theatre) Led by Teun Van Der Leer, Dutch Theological Seminary
11.15–11.45 COFFEE BREAK
11.45 BMS World Mission (Main Auditorium) Interactive time led by BMS World Mission, including updates from around the world.
13.00–14.00 LUNCH BREAK
14.00 Give me also springs of water (Main Auditorium) A vision for our Union’s 150th Anniversary year.
15.15–15.45 COFFEE BREAK
15.45 Seminars (four seminar options to choose from) 1. Fearless Innovation – Interactive Style – Glenn Innes (Main Auditorium)
2. Fearless Leaders – Taught Style – Martin Hodson with Thomas Dean and Pam Fulton (Theatre)
3. Fearless Sending – BMS World Mission (Sanctuary, Motherwell Baptist Church)
4. Fearless Online – Principle Digital (Lower Meeting Room, Civic Centre)
17.00–19.00 DINNER BREAK
19.00–21.00 Evening Celebration (Main Auditorium) Welcome of newly settled, accredited and retired ministers
Commissioning new BUS Trustees, Council members
Fearless Mission – Speaker – Kang-San Tan, General Director BMS World Mission/td>

Assembly 2017 was held on Thursday 26th & Friday 27th October, Motherwell Concert Hall