Being Baptist (Andrew Picard)

 

This Being Baptist option will help you to engage with some distinctives of Baptist ecclesiology.

In the first few weeks, as you begin:

Email the facilitator: Andrew Picard to introduce yourself: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spend some time reflecting on your own understanding of Baptist ecclesiology and how your own local church context might exemplify or differ from what it means to be Baptist. Record (journal) any things you feel are significant, or ideas you would like to engage with. This is to enable you at the end of this option to assess any changes throughout the twelve-month period. This is a private document for you unless you choose to share something of the detail in your final reflection or with your coach.

Over ten months:

There are five reading-action-reflection cycles – aim to cover one every two months, each reading is a chapter from a book:

Reading/Action/Reflection 1

Reading: Brian Harris. “On Baptist Identity in the Southern Hemisphere: Narrative Reflections on Similarity and Diversity within the Baptist Vision.”

In Baptists and the World: Renewing the Vision, edited by John H. Y. Briggs and Anthony R. Cross, 193-202. Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2011.
Click here to download a PDF of this chapter.
The book containing this chapter can be borrowed from the Carey library.

Action: Talk to five different people in your church and ask them their opinion on the meaning and significance of Baptist identity to them.

Reflection: With your coach, discuss the continuities and discontinuities between the people you talked to in your church. How important is ‘being Baptist’ in your church? Are there differing understandings of ‘being Baptist’? What is the significance of these differing perspective for your church and your church’s leadership?

Reading/Action/Reflection 2

Reading: Paul Fiddes. “Authority in Relations between Pastor and People: A Baptist Doctrine of Ministry.”

In Tracks and Traces: Baptist Identity in Church and Theology, by Paul Fiddes, 83-106. Paternoster: Carlisle, 2003.
Click here to download a PDF of this chapter.
The book containing this chapter can be borrowed from the Carey library.

Action: Write down your personal understanding of leadership and authority between you and the church community. Having done this, ask two elders, two ministry leaders, and two recent attendees to give their perspective on how authority functions in your church. How does decision-making occur and who makes decisions in your church?

Reflection: With your coach, discuss the reflections by the people in your church in regards to authority and decision-making. In what ways do your personal convictions match other’s perceptions of your leadership? In what ways do your personal convictions not match other’s perceptions of your leadership? Are there areas in which you would like to change and grow your leadership?

Reading/Action/Reflection 3

Reading: Brian Haymes, Ruth Gouldbourne, and Anthony R. Cross. “Institution and Organization.”

In On Being the Church: Revisioning Baptist Identity, 195-213. Paternoster: Milton Keynes, 2008.
Click here to download a PDF of this chapter.
The book containing this chapter can be borrowed from the Carey library.

Action: At a pastor’s cluster meeting, ask your fellow pastors what they understand the role of the Baptist association to be. Note down the various responses as well as your own perspective.

Reflection: With your coach, discuss the varying perspectives about the role and significance of associations. How do these various perspectives match with the reading? Are there ways in which the churches in your region might be more intentionally interdependent? What concrete steps could be taken for this to occur? Are there areas in which you could partner with other churches in meaningful and sacrificial ways?

Reading/Action/Reflection 4

Reading: Helen Dare. “”In the Fray”: Reading the Bible in Relationship.”

In The “Plainly Revealed” Word of God?, edited by Helen Dare and Simon Woodman, 230-252. Georgia: Mercer University Press, 2011.
Click here to download a PDF of this chapter.
The book containing this chapter can be borrowed from the Carey library.

Action: Over a two month period, review the way in which the Bible is engaged by your community. Ideally, this would be in the worship setting, but you might also like to expand it to one or two home group settings. When you are reviewing the practices of the community, please try not to influence what people are doing. You need to be present as an observer rather than a participant.

Reflection: Reflect on what you have noticed over this period. Do the Bible reading practices in your community capture the dynamics of freedom, passion, risk and costly pathos that are central to reading the Bible ‘on the way and in the fray’? Or, does your community exhibit practices in which people assert or abandon their perspectives for the sake of togetherness? Reflect on how you might shape the Bible reading practices of your community so that people might encounter God through the text and in community. Discuss this with your coach.

Reading/Action/Reflection 5

Reading: Stephen Holmes. “Knowing Together the Mind of Christ: Congregational Government and the Church Meeting.”

In Questions of Identity: Studies in Honour of Brian Haymes, edited by Anthony R. Cross and Ruth Gouldbourne, 172-188. Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2011.
Click here to download a PDF of this chapter.
The book containing this chapter can be borrowed from the Carey library.

Action: Over a period of two months, make note of who holds power in your church and how it is used. In order to do this, note down who uses the microphone in your church, and who does not. Note down who emails you and who does not. Who do you talk to during these two months, and who do you not talk to. When church meetings occur (either church wide, or various smaller meetings), note down who speaks and who does not speak. Note down the people you have in various leadership roles and note down who is missing from your leadership (e.g. young women, non-Europeans, or people with disabilities).

Reflection: This is an attempt to understand the patterns of conversation and the power structures in your church. With your coach, reflect on the way your church practices its faith, and whether you discernably display a ‘necessary lack of competence’ in knowing God’s will apart from the coming of the Spirit? What ‘alien practices’ might you employ to better embody the gospel in which God often speaks from the margins?

Throughout the ten months:

Reflection Guide

Use the five questions in the Lifelong Learning for Registration Reflection Guide as a basis to aid your reflection with each reading. Use your response to these questions as conversation starting points when you meet with your coach, who is to be a dialogue partner as you engage with this material (meet with them at least once every two months), focus each meeting on a particular reading and action.

By 15 November, and following the five reading/action/reflection cycles and regular meetings with your coach, write a reflection (1000 words, or a 10 minute vlog). Discuss ways in which your own local church context exemplifies or differs from Baptist ecclesiology, and suggest ways where your church could become more distinctively Baptist. Do you intend to change your personal life and/or pastoral ministry as a result of these five reading/action/reflection cycles? Submit this to the Facilitator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and share it with your coach.

Feel free to email or phone the Facilitator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) thoughts or questions at any time through the ten months.

Coach

At the start of this ten-month option, you need to make arrangements with a suitable person to act as your coach through the ten months, meeting at least once every two months. This person should be someone accessible to your local context, able to meet physically or online with you regularly over the year. They need to be willing and able to walk alongside you during the ten months. Ask them if they would look at the five readings if they haven’t already. The objective is for your coach to meet with you and help you to assess your current ministry practice and develop your learning experience into new or altered patterns of ministry practice in your own context. Email this Guide to Coaching page to a potential coach to see that they are willing and able to work with you throughout the ten months, which will involve five or six meetings with you of about an hour in length.

Ask your coach to work with you to take steps to express a more distinctively Baptist identity in your local church context.

By 15 November:

Submit a 1000 word reflection (or 10 minute vlog) – see details above. The facilitator will engage with your written reflection.


Facilitator: Andrew Picard

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Andrew lectures in Applied Theology at Carey, with a focus upon Church and Culture. Andrew is working on his PhD, and has published in Baptist theology and history, atonement theology and theology and disability. Andrew was the Senior Pastor at Napier Baptist Church and is currently an elder at Titirangi Baptist Church.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the facilitator of this Being Baptist option if you have specific questions about this option.

Email Andrea or Mike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any general questions about Lifelong Learning or Baptist Leaders' Registration.

PARTICIPANTS: Up to a maximum of 8 at any time.

COST: This course is free for registered Baptist Leaders. All other registrants will be email invoiced NZD$50 per Guided Learning option.

[updated 13 February 2017]

Event Properties

Event Date 01-02-2018
Event End Date 31-10-2018
Registration Start Date 01-11-2017
Cut off date 01-03-2018
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