Who We Are

The Baptist Union of Scotland is a network of about 160 churches across the length and breadth of Scotland. We are local churches who recognise that if we are to fulfil the commission Jesus has given his disciples, it is better to work together than continue alone.

We are a relational network who support one another through prayer and encouragement. We share resources and experience in mission. We equip and accredit leaders. We work together to develop vision and ensure legal compliance.

We have existed as a network since 1869, though some of our churches have been in existence since the 1750s.

Our current priorities are:

  • Transformations – seeking the transforming work of Christ in all we do, especially in conversion, disciple-making and generous service
  • Generations – ensuring all generations, and especially younger generations, are equipped and released in their God-given calling
  • Innovations – daring to develop new ways of being church that will reach people who simply don’t get our inherited models of church

The vision around which we gather is our Declaration of Principle, which states:

  1. That the Lord Jesus Christ our God and Saviour is the sole and absolute Authority in all matters pertaining to faith and practice, as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, and that each Church has liberty, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to interpret and administer His laws.
  2. That Christian Baptism is the immersion in water into the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, of those who have professed repentance towards God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins according to the Scriptures; was buried and rose again the third day.
  3. That it is the duty of every disciple to bear witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to take part in the evangelisation of the world.

You can read a detailed reflection on Christian discipleship based on our Declaration of Principle in Becoming Who We Are: Re-envisioning Christian Identity by Jim Purves, a member of our national team.

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Our history

Resources

On these pages you will find information, advice and support for church leaders. This includes guidance on ministry, mission, training, safeguarding, financial and legal compliance.

Prayer

Prayer is at the heart of our Union. The prayer calendar is a framework to help individuals or congregations pray for all our churches throughout the year.  Every Sunday evening several hundred people from our churches across Scotland join in our National Prayer Livestream.