… discovering our place in the mission of God
Seventy-two is an umbrella term for the mission aspect of a partnership between Regional Baptist Associations in the South and West of England and Wales.
The title, ‘Seventy-two’, is taken from Jesus’ sending out of the seventy-two in Luke 10 and you’ll find our primary values all there in Luke 10:1-12:
- Collaboration: if Jesus chose not to do it all himself, why do we?
- Innovation: it’s Jesus mission, not ours, but we are sent in his name.
- Exploration: we’re not sure of all the details, but ‘go’ we must.
- Incarnation: ‘don’t move around looking for the best cook in town’
The purpose of our collaboration is to be a catalyst for missional movement, across our regions, through Baptist networks.
The outworking of this purpose will be along three pathways:
• Inspiring discipleship. We regard a deepening and widening of discipleship as the primary challenge for the UK Church.
• Infusing culture. The wider cultural landscape has shifted, leaving many of our Churches marooned in a sea of irrelevance. The challenge is less to engage with popular culture, more to infuse the myriad of cultures with which we engage.
• Igniting mission. The crucial role of regional staff in catalysing missional initiatives remains to be fully realised.
The Biblical foundations are built on the understanding we are all called to live out the mission of God, shaped by the word of God and empowered by the Spirit of God.
Who’s it for?
Seventy-Two has an expressed aim to help people find their place in the mission of God, so that means anyone! In the initial stages we shall be focusing our attention on helping people:
– In local leadership of whatever kind, small groups, worship, special interest (eg toddlers, foodbanks, etc), deacons, elders, leadership team members, administrators, secretaries, treasurers, even Ministers! This can also incorporate people who are called to leadership in their sphere of employment.
– The ‘others’, as in Luke 10, who feel called to follow Jesus wherever he has placed them, or as pioneers into new territory.
How will they connect with Seventy-two?
– Through the Seventy-Two website – as this site develops, it will help us establish what resources are most needed at local level and ensure we help provide them.
– Through Learning Communities ¬– some of which we will provide, others we will signpost, for example:
i. Re-imagine is the current missional learning community for leadership teams developed by WEBA (West of England Baptist Association).
ii. Small missional groups. DNA Groups has helped hundreds of small groups of 3 or 4 to find their place in the mission of God. The material is currently being re-written, in the light of our learning from the first print run of 1000. There is much more work to be done, in relation to the working (or not!) of small groups in general, but the potential impact of this area of development is significant.
iii. Forge Training – Seventy-two is developing a partnership with Forge England & Wales and has recently launched one of seven training ‘hubs’ to equip ‘missional practicioners.
– Through partnerships – for example, Seventy-two was part of Spring Harvest 2016, where many people from our extended network gathered together at Minehead.
If you’ve read this far, why not join us on this journey?
For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org