The Values Project was launched in November 2019 at the National meetings of Australian Baptist Ministries. It is designed to help church, groups, and organisations learn, talk, and reflect on our identity and values as communities of faith within the Baptist movement.
The heart of the Project is four short (5 minute) videos that explore the topics Jesus-Centred, Community, Mission, and Freedom. These topics draw out the values that form the historical and cultural backbone of our movement. Here, they are explored in a contemporary way that can help us discover their ongoing impact on our attitudes, practices and decisions in our own churches today.
Alongside the videos is a discussion guide which can be used to lead groups through reflection on how these values speak into and are shaped by their local context. This is designed to be particularly helpful for church leaders (Board, Council, Elders, Deacons) and for small groups, while the videos could be shown in these groups or in larger gatherings including Sunday services or members meetings. There is a sermon series being developed, and here in SA both Victor Harbor and Grange have already used the project to form the basis of a teaching series.
Churches and individuals who have engaged with The Values Project already say it has strengthened their sense of identity, encouraged connectedness, and will inform ongoing decision making.
The Values Project was made possible by support from Baptist Insurance Services and Baptist Financial Services, meaning that all the resources are freely available online.
Check out https://www.baptist.org.au/about-us/the-values-project/ to learn more and download the videos, discussion guides, and scripts.