Welcome to another of the CBA’s regular e-mails. Just a reminder that as well as the regular email updates you can keep upto date by visiting the CBA website http://www.centralba.org.uk/ and facebook page https://www.facebook.com/centralbap
Geoff, Stephen, Colin, & Carol
HOME MISSION Just recently, Colin Pye produced a Home Mission information leaflet and also a DVD with Home Mission resources based on local situations. These were sent to every church. We would love to have feedback on these.
- Did you see them? If not you can view a PDF version here http://centralba.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Home-Mission-News-Autumn-2015smaller.pdf
- Were they sent to the wrong person?
- Did you use them?
- Do you have any helpful thoughts about them?
- Do you know of any possible future stories we may include?
We are testing the waters on this and we would greatly appreciate your help. If the Association were to produce further newsletters, would you be happy to receive and use them? How many would your church use – 1, a sample number (say 10 or 20) or 1 per member, for example?
We are trying to get a balance between sharing good stories that can inform and inspire congregations, with the reality of yet more paper through the letterbox and at the back of the church! If you can take time to send some reflections to Colin Pye, we would be very grateful. email@example.com
THANKS (1) HOME MISSION GIVING: to the end of August 2015 Central Baptist Association churches had donated £171.422 to Home Mission, as against £193.587 for the same period in 2014.
THANKS (2) The Baptist Twinning in Israel group express heartfelt thanks to Dave Marchant who has recently stood down from being their treasurer. Dave has served faithfully and cheerfully in this capacity for the 16 years since BTI was formed. We are pleased to welcome Andy West from Walworth Road Baptist Church, Hitchin who has now taken on this role. For more information about Twinning and news of Baptist churches in Israel see our new website- www.baptisttwinningisrael.org.uk
PENSIONS Are you aware that auto-enrolment of employees is getting closer? Do you know what this is? Will it affect you? A general overview is found at the government sponsored scheme website http://www.nestpensions.org.uk/schemeweb/NestWeb/public/employers/contents/get-ready-for-auto-enrolment.html
But if you would like a local opportunity, then there is a morning Pensions seminar provided by the Baptist Union in conjunction with the Association on Saturday October 24th at Christ Church, Stantonbury LEP, Milton Keynes. Contact Stephen Copson for information or to reserve places.
REFUGEES The Baptist Union has created a dedicated section on the website that carries statements, stories and prayers/theological reflection. Visit www.baptist.org.uk/refugees for more. “In addition, we are seeking to capture some of the great work that is already taking place in our churches among refugees/asylum seekers, whether that involvement is just beginning or has been ongoing for years”. If your church is involved in whatever way with assisting refugees, Paul Hobson would be pleased to hear from you on firstname.lastname@example.org
SAFEGUARDING The Association has a small group of people who meet to reflect on issues on matters of safeguarding and training in the Association. If you know someone who has the relevant skills and experience in safeguarding children or adults and would like to help, please have a word with Stephen Copson. Also, the group is always looking for people with experience and ability to present the safeguarding material agreed by the Baptist Union. Again if you have people in your congregation who would be good (and willing) to do this, Stephen Copson would be happy to talk to them. Contactstephen.email@example.com or 01462 442548.
MANSE MATTERS Church Manses and the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 (passed on from Baptist Union Corporation). Churches in England need to be aware that from 1 October 2015 the new Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations will apply to their manses and any other residential tenancies. These regulations were only approved by Parliament in mid-September but will be enforced immediately.
Private sector landlords are required from 1 October 2015 to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their property and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. a coal fire or wood burning stove). After that, the landlord must make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy. The requirements will be enforced by local authorities who can impose a fine of up to £5,000 where a landlord fails to comply with a remedial notice. Churches need to ensure that their manses comply with these requirements whether they are occupied by a minister or by any other tenant. A detailed and helpful Q&A booklet is available here
More general information can be found in guideline leaflets PM06 Manse Occupancy and PM04 Letting a Manse which can be found on the Baptists Together website.
BAPTIST INSURANCE PLC A reminder that information about the range of products offered by Baptist Insurance for churches and individuals. Helpful tips about church property and also the latest edition of the magazine “Expressions” can be found at the BIC website www.baptist-insurance.co.uk (the Winter paper issue should have arrived through your letterbox recently)
LAY PREACHER Paul Tucker is a Baptist Union recognised lay preacher and member of Kings Langley Baptist church, who is now in a position to take Sunday engagements. His details are 25 Alexandra Road, Kings Langley, Herts WD48DU, telephone 01923 269027 and mobile: 07597653382. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
HERTS FELLOWSHIP OF BAPTIST PREACHERS. New probationer member: Professor Les Ebdon, Rush Mills, Mill Road, St. Ippolyts, Hitchin, SG4 7RJ 01462 423892 Email: email@example.com.
Please note that Graham Squires is no longer a member of the HFBP
USEFUL INFORMATION The Charity Commission has published its updated version of The Essential Trustee (CC3) following consultation in 2014 to which CLAS contributed. The updated guidance (which is also available as a pdf) breaks down the trustee’s role into six clear duties. The guidance explains the general duties on trustees and the good practice that must be followed order to operate effectively and to comply with trustees’ legal obligations. The guidance has hyperlinks to more in-depth material (on topics such as fundraising, reducing the risk of liability and making better decisions) and a summary guide for those who want the headlines at a glance.
BUCKS FORM CELEBRATION now known as “The Gathering”. Sunday 22nd November, 6pm at Holmer Green. Speaker will be Paddy Harris. All are welcome.
INDUCTIONS COMING UP:
- Christ Church, Stantonbury. Induction of Rev David Lewis on 14 October, 2.00pm.
- Speen Baptist. Induction of Rev. Heather McIntyre, on Saturday 7th November, 2.30pm.
SMALL CHURCHES. Following the success of the small churches day earlier this year, we have now produced a Newsletter (thanks to Ruth Gookey of Harefield BC) specifically aimed at the smaller church. This can be downloaded from the following address http://centralba.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/News-and-Views-Autumn-2015.pdf
LIVING OUT THE CALL by Paul Beasley-Murray is a new four-volume guide for pastors that draws on the author’s 43-year career in ministry, much of it spent turning around two declining churches and developing them into the vibrant congregations they are today.
The first volume, Living for God’s Glory, tackles the themes of professionalism and spirituality, arguing that pursuit of professionalism in ministry is a form of spirituality. Leading God’s People deals with issues relating to leadership, such as vision and passion, maintaining that the team leader must also be a team player; it also deals with the challenges of managing people and ourselves. Reaching Out to God’s World brings together effective preaching with the Gospel in view and leading a missionary congregation through developing a wide variety of appropriate strategies. Serving God’s People has a particular focus on the relationship between new rites of passage and the exercise of pastoral care. These books combine theological reflection with practice, and are packed with insights and suggestions, recognising that there is no one pattern of ministry. Living Out the Call is published electronically. Each volume is available for £2.25 (thus £9 for all four) from Amazon. www.paulbeasleymurray.com
A VAST MINORITY is written by Stuart Murray-Williams and published in September. Here’s a brief extract from the preface:
“I spent quite a while looking for resources on the subject of this book – but without much success. There is very little that addresses the issue the Christian community in Britain (and other western societies) is facing: how to transition from a majority community to a minority community. I believe this is a critical issue with huge theological, missiological and ecclesial implications. It impacts the strategies, priorities, resources, expectations, morale and self-identity of the Christian community. It offers great opportunities but poses significant challenges. When I mentioned what I was exploring, people were intrigued and encouraged me to invest time and energy in this. When I asked if they knew of any relevant resources, I almost always drew a blank.
So I ended up writing the book I was searching for – pulling together what resources I could find, reflecting on biblical texts that seemed pertinent, talking with others who were aware of this issue, and drawing on my own experience”.
5 GEARS: HOW TO BE PRESENT AND PRODUCTIVE WHEN THERE IS NEVER ENOUGH TIME by Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram.
People around the world struggle with work/ life balance. It is difficult to be productive and manage the relational dynamics of staying connected with others, while consistently recharging personally. 5 Gears came to light as Jeremie and Steve applied what they learned through their own experiences and their work with leaders around the globe. It is a powerful concept that has the ability to radically change the way you live and lead.
While many people focus on adding a new time management method to their life, Kubicek and Cockram have gone to the source of conflict and created a common language, that if implemented, will decrease drama and insecurity and replace it with a secure confidence that people everywhere need.
The leaders of GiANT Worldwide, Kubicek and Cockram share stories of successful transformation, leadership skill, and to help you master the art of being present with those you lead. The 5 Gears are highly transferrable and are designed to be sticky and memorable. You will inevitably experience these results as you add your own story of what being in the right gear at the right time does to your influence and respect. www.5gears.com
Steve Cockram is a Baptist minister currently working at the Minster Project in Buckinghamshire.
NEW RESEARCH: What do people in this nation know and believe about Jesus? What do they really think of us, his followers? Are we talking about Jesus enough? And when we are, are we drawing people closer towards him, or further away? These are just some of the questions we at the Church of England, Evangelical Alliance and HOPE commissioned Barna Group to ask. http://www.talkingjesus.org/