We are adding a new feature to the resources that the Baptist Union offers the churches that are part of this community. The new resource is web-based material that will be available every Wednesday. The emphasis is on practical ministry ideas and putting us in touch with the churches and people that God is using in an exciting way these days. I have tried to figure out what to call this and have drawn from the analogy of the restaurant menu. There is in menus a basic list of items and then there is often a sheet which list new items and ideas…the “fresh sheet”… or new food for thought. O.k., so the image doesn’t work for everyone but try the terminiology for a test drive.
The first weekly “fresh sheet” will being in October. The format will vary; sometimes the material will be simply written material or Mediasite video seminars and even interviews. We will attempt to bring you the best resources available and will introduce a “revision tool”. The “revision tool” will provide an update of any resources that w emay have missed the first time round. In other words, if we publish a youth ministry bibliography and someone points out a gap in our material, we’ll publish the additional resource in a subsequent week.
Helping churches’ health and growth is what we are about. There is an excellent reservoir of resources in our denomination that is untapped and uncommunicated to our churches in an accessible and practical form. Many resources have been created within our denomination and many have been developed elsewhere but have not been “discovered” by the individual churches.
Some of the topics and authors are listed below. Not all have been contacted but all are known to have expertise in the areas identified with them.
I would be very interested in hearing (as I am sure Ken would) on any other topics you may deem important.
Youth Resources and Links Ryan Sato
Children and Family Resources Joanne Matiachuk.
Urban Camping Ideas and Links Rod Olson
Treasurer Workshop Material David Holten
Conflict Management Resources Bill Mains
in two parts
Governance Models (several: Sam, Bill?)
Church Budget Process David Holten
Clergy Care John Prociuk
Christmas Benevolence Ideas Jeremy
Bible Study and Thematic Work (several)
For Advent, Lent etc
Christmas Eve Service Resources Jeremy
Yearly Bible readings
Children, Youth, Adult (several)
Spiritual Life Curriculum
Banff Talks(all also on our media site)
3 Rod Wilson, 3 Tom Cowan 8 Total
Reg Bibby, Jonathan Wilson
School Start Outreach Mark Buchannan
Alpha John Goodwin
Short Term Overseas Mission Source
Pension, Benefits David, Kathy
Refugee Resources Kathy Spate