What does the Gathering
of Baptists do?
What is the Purpose of the
Gathering of Baptists?
Support one another
Fully accept one
another as God's people
inclusive governance and the democratic process
Be collegial in
our activities, and through Christian love, seek a spirit of tolerance
and mutual respect
apply our faith to our lives
Meet twice per
year (the last Saturday in April and October). All are welcome.
Based on these
values, members of The Gathering share a mission to seek, provide, protect
- under the leadership of God's spirit.
FOR ALL - which is the foundation of peace.
PEOPLE - sharing our faith stories.
FORUM - promoting discussion of doctrinal and ethical questions and
AND PROMOTION OF EQUALITY - which includes gender equality, in all
aspects of our lives.
SPIRIT - and its prosperity.
OF THE BCOQ AND CBM - so that the Baptist Convention of Ontario and
Quebec and Canadian Baptist Ministries strive for the same values and mission.
What Makes The Gathering
of Baptists Different?
If you honour
these values, you will feel at home with the Gathering. As a community
of Christians we endorse and uphold such historic Baptist principles as:
OF JESUS' GOOD NEWS - God calls all people to repentance and faith,
reconciliation and hope, healing and wholeness, social and economic justice.
LEADERSHIP - Following our Servant Lord.
OF CO-OPERATION - Freely working with other believers who might express
the Gospel differently.
OF INTERPRETATION - Led by God's Spirit, each one is free to interpret
THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION - Learning characterized by reverence for Biblical
authority, and which respects open inquiry and responsible scholarship.
OF THE LOCAL CONGREGATION - Under Christ's authority, each local congregation
shapes its own life and mission.
OF CHURCH AND STATE - Opposing efforts by either to use the other for
its own purpose.