牧者的話–2018年4月22日

A Statement from the recent NBC Leadership Retreat

Last Saturday (14th April),  Pastors, leaders and representatives from the 3 congregations of NBC met together for the day to talk together about the future shape of the church.  This was a significant day in the life of the NBC, as we listened to each other, re-told the story of NBC’s Mandarin (Chinese) congregation from its humble beginnings through to today,  and shared both the joys and the struggles of this journey.     As a result of the day together, there was a strong affirmation made of our continued commitment to be one church:


“We are a multicultural, multi-congregational church seeking to glorify God in all that we do. We meet for worship gatherings  which are intentionally different in style, language and ethos,  recognising that we are one church community, known as Northcote Baptist Church.    Being one church means that we will intentionally look for ways to work together, which will include areas of shared leadership and ministry,  hospitality which brings us together, shared management processes, and a commitment to a shared vision”. 

As part of our talking together, we recognise that there have been some struggles and frustrations with our current leadership structures which are not serving us as as well as they once did.  The Elders have undertaken to completely review our church structures and begin to shape some ideas for new leadership structures which will be brought to the membership for further discussion together.  We plan to bring some initial ideas as quickly as possible.     We ask for your continued prayer for all of us together at NBC, and for our Elders and Pastors as they seek to lead us forward.

Senior Pastor

Bruce Bradburn

近期NBC領袖退修會聲明

上週六(4月14日),來自NBC三個堂會的牧師,領袖和代表齊聚一堂,共同討論教會的未來形態。這是NBC生命中重要的一天,我們互相聆聽,重溫了NBC華語堂(中文)從謙卑的開始到今天的故事,分享了這段旅程的歡樂與掙扎。作為這一天的結果,我們堅定不移地承諾持守一個教會:

 

“我們是一個多文化,多堂會的教會,尋求在我們所做的一切事工上榮耀神。我們的眾聚會雖然在風格,語言和人文理念上有著有意識的不同,但是我們確認我們是一個教會,被稱為北岸浸信會。作為一個教會意味著我們將有意尋找共同合作的方式,其中包括一些領袖和事工的共同分享,我們聚集互相款待,我們分享管理流程以及共同承諾的一個異象”。

 

作為我們在一起交流的一部分,我們認識到,我們目前的領導架構存在一些掙扎和挫折,這些架構並沒有像以前那樣有效的服務於我們。長老們承諾全面審查我們的教會結構,並開始形成新的領導結構的一些想法,這些想法將被提交給會員進行進一步討論。我們計劃盡快提出一些初步想法。在長老和牧師們尋求我們未來的方向的時候,我們請求你們繼續為NBC和他們禱告。

Bruce Bradburn 主任牧師