Summary of news from BMS Council of Reference
Summary of news from BMS Council of Reference - Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
By Norma Hobbs
THE day was introduced by Maureen Russell, Chair of the Trustees, with a call to commitment to prayer and listening to the Holy Spirit.
David Kerrigan (General Director of BMS) gave his report, listing the forthcoming changes in BMS as it becomes a company limited by guarantee, though this is more a legal requirement and will not change the way BMS operates. This will be brought to the Baptist Assembly in Harrogate in May for final approval (see BMS AGM on Baptist Assembly website - click here). Baptist House in Didcot has been undergoing a refurbishment and BMS have now moved in to the top floor, other areas will be let or used by different groups.
Financial reports were received, including how “transformational” changes, one of the aims of the work of BMS, could be assessed, a very difficult task. BMS works in 10 of the 20 most fragile states in the world and we need to know that our input is effective. Personal donations to the work are increasing, but church donations are declining.
As a number of Trustees were due to retire an election followed, and all those nominated were successfully elected.
The strands of BMS outreach include Education, Justice, Development, Health, Relief, Leadership and Church. At the last Council we focused on Leadership. The focus this time was on Church which includes Evangelism and Discipleship Ministries. Marc Deroeux from the French Baptist Association spoke about the challenge of living out the gospel in France today.
Rich Webb, Senior Pastor at Upton Vale in Torquay spoke about Big Life Ministries. This is a church planting and discipleship movement which is impacting the church worldwide. The methodology includes “Making disciples that make disciples”, empowering people to reach and disciple their own people for Jesus; looking for “the person of peace” and seeing where God is at work. This seems to be an exciting ministry and there’s a possibility that Rich may come to Leeds in the autumn to share his experience. (Click here to see the website)
Workers in DPRK (N. Korea) spoke about the limitations and yet great encouragements in their work in that difficult country. In the afternoon there was an opportunity to hear about the work in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Chad and DPRK, all of which was interesting and encouraging.
A lot is going on in BMS at the moment, there are challenges (eg Finance) as well as many encouragements. Please continue to pray for the work, especially for wisdom for the Trustees as they seek to appoint a new General Director following David Kerrigan’s retirement in the summer.