WE, THE BOARD AND STAFF OF CANADIAN BAPTIST MINISTRIES,
love God and we love his mission to build shalom – peace with justice – in a broken world. Our love for God and his mission is rooted in the fact that he first loved us and rescued us in our brokenness. As a sign of our gratitude to him, we willingly and enthusiastically accept his invitation to join him in his mission. We are part of a global family of followers of Jesus Christ, called ‘the Church’ who seek to bring hope in a world of poverty, broken relationships, environmental destruction, lost hope and every type of oppression. Our call is to radical discipleship as followers of Christ. The way we do this is through integral mission.
INTEGRAL MISSION WEAVES TOGETHER OUR WORDS & ACTIONS.
Through our words, we share God’s love and redemption offered in Jesus Christ, and invite people to respond by accepting the gift of a new life. Through our actions, we contribute to the healing and positive transformation of people and communities through physical, spiritual, economic, psychological and social programs. We believe that both parts are essential, neither takes priority over the other. Neither one should be done independently of the other. This is why we call our mission ‘integral’ – because we believe that each part is essential and necessary for the completeness of God’s desire for his creation. Just as people are made up of many parts, so too, the good news is really the sum of many different parts. They cannot and should not be done separately from each other.
WE ALSO LOVE THE CHURCH AND WANT TO SEE IT GROW.
The Church is God’s visible presence in the world, a place of healing, growth and service. When people respond to the good news, they enter into communities of faith, committed to worship, teaching, witness and service. One of the ways we, as Christ’s followers, demonstrate our commitment to the Church is through baptism.
At CBM, we see our most important contribution as helping strengthen our global partners’ capacity and commitment to provide integral mission initiatives within their local context. This is why education and training, resource development and accountability are essential to our programs.
Love in action, word in deed, hope in healing, individuals in community – we love being part of God’s hope and mission in the world. And we love sharing the journey with you.
In Wordeed, indeed.