One of the things MIG has been able to do over the past year or so is run some day conferences focussed on gathering people to equip and encourage them for mission. These have predominantly focussed on leaders. On Saturday 29th September, we ran our first event aimed at those who are ‘at the coal face’ of mission in our churches. The day was called Communities of Hope: Doing the Stuff and took place at Larbert Baptist Church.
We had Diane McWilliam helping us think about the why as well as the how of engaging with our local communities. We also had stories from around our baptist family of churches already doing great work in their communities. Perth Baptist church told us about their Holiday @ Home program for the elderly in their community, Stirling Baptist Church about the Haven project, Calderwood Baptist about the work they do around debt recovery, food parcels and supporting struggling families, Motherwell Baptist Church reflected on their work among the recovery community and finally we had Broughty Ferry Baptist Church telling us of the work they are doing in local schools with Romance Academy and also around mental health in schools. There was plenty fo time to interact and learn from those stories also.
All in all it was an inspiring day for the around 60 attendees. We look forward to seeing and hearing about the fruit it will bear for the Kingdom in the years ahead.
Keep your eye out for a follow up day in 2019 – all are welcome.