Ministry means service.
Jim and Martin together are responsible for overseeing and supporting the development of those forms of ministry that are accredited by our Union, working closely with the Board of Ministry.
This also involves pastoral care of our accredited ministers and pastors, supported by Regional Pastors working across Scotland, mostly a group of retired ministers who serve without payment. In addition, assistance is given by Jim and Martin to congregations in reviewing ministry requirements suited to their specific, mission challenges. Martin has special responsibility for facilitating a programme of continuing development for our ministers, working closely with educational providers, towards equipping ministers able to lead and serve churches into the 21st century.
The Ministry Handbook
People have all kinds of questions about ministry in Scottish Baptist churches. These may include:
- What is accredited ministry?
- How can I prepare for ministry
- How do we as a local church call and support a minister?
- What happens at an induction service?
- What about a PVG Disclosure for a minister?
The Ministry Handbook is the main resource for finding answers to these questions.
If your questions about ministry are not answered in the ministry handbook, feel free to contact Jim Purves (Mission and Ministry Adviser) or Martin Hodson (Ministry Development Coordinator).
Templates and Forms for appointing a Minister
The Baptist Union of Scotland owns two properties that are available for rent primarily by Baptist Ministers, although occasional bookings are taken from people in membership of Baptist churches.
Prospect Cottage is a harbour front cottage on the Moray Coast in a village called Findochty. It sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms. It is available all year round and is an excellent base for exploring the North East of Scotland.
Colonsay Manse is found on the secluded western island of Colonsay. This remote cottage sleeps 6 in 2 bedrooms. It is primarily available from Easter to October when the ferries operate a summer timetable. Well behaved dogs are welcome in the downstairs of this property.
We also support the Mull church who own a static caravan adjacent to their church building. Enquires to book the Mull caravan should be directed to Rob Jones at Mull Baptist Church and not the Union offices.