We are part of a culture in Scotland today that faces numerous relational challenges. Outwith, as well as within our churches, we need to re-connect with one another, to understand afresh the diversity of relationships and networks there are and the diverse family we are as Scottish Baptists and to dream of the relationships we would desire for the future. We need to build relational and missional connections between local churches, to embrace modern ways of connecting without neglecting the incarnational example of relationship which Jesus so profoundly shared. As Paul said, we need to become all things to all men to win some!
As part of the Scottish Baptist family, we need each other as brothers and sisters. By our love and care for each other, relationally, we will be able to build missional relationships with those who as yet haven’t entered into a personal relationship with Jesus. We are ‘better together’. We need to build missional relationships if we are to creatively engage with a post-modern mosiac Scotland, with our neighbours and those we rub shoulders with.
So with all that in mind, our September blog will unpack from all sorts of perspectives what it means to be ‘building missional relationships’, within our Scottish Baptist family as well as individually and as churches as we reach out.