Journeying Together in Mission… Being Salt and Light in Communities
I have been recently been delighted to read and reflect upon a document titled “Journeying Together in Mission” that was crafted by faithful and wise representatives from both the Baptist Churches of SA and Baptist Care SA during 2016 who shared a collective vision for collaboration ministry to people and communities who are struggling under layers of adversity in their daily lives.
The text beautifully expressed a genuine sense of collective missional endeavor that is nested deep within the DNA of the Baptist movement in our State. The statement expresses that:
Recognising that Baptist Care SA is an expression and outworking of the mission and ministry of Baptist Churches of SA, it is also appropriate to speak of the relationship between the two organisations due to the unique and complementary structure, personnel and role of Baptist Care SA. Therefore we will promote this framework for good work between Baptist Care SA and the Baptist churches in SA under best practice principles.
The document goes on to express that:
“…we commit to work together in the Spirit of Christ we share. We believe Baptist Care and Baptist Churches have unique and complementary roles in supporting healthy, thriving communities. We will promote the development of an effective continuum of care between acute care services and faith communities.
We will be prayerful with and for one another, and be open to the voice of the Spirit. We will work to understand one another by suspending judgement, assuming the best of one another, respecting confidences, and being open to innovative possibilities.
Our “journey together” envisions and establishes this as an ongoing process and provides a sense of hope for constant progress.
By journeying together in this way we will set an example for our services, our churches and our communities.
Note: A full copy of this prophetic document can be accessed via https://baptistcaresa.org.au/journeying-together-in-mission
This compelling vision for ‘serving to transform lives’ also outlines various approaches to “working in a manner that is reflective of the servant attitude demonstrated by Jesus” by “promoting an attitude of service that minimises power imbalances, and seeks to place vulnerable and disadvantaged people within our communities at the centre”.
I find great encouragement in the faithful wisdom of these words and I hope you do too. But more importantly, I see and hear evidence that the collective missional efforts of Baptist Care working alongside local Baptist churches is in fact transforming lives and communities every day. Praise God!
Reflection: Let’s pray together that our Lord’s expressed desire that all people would experience fullness of life might continue to inspire, empower and enable groups and individuals to help us realise ‘heaven on earth’. (See Ephesians 3:14-19)
May our Lord reveal His blessings to all who seek to serve others.