Social Issues and Advocacy

The Baptist Union of Victoria recognises that each local church is an autonomous community of disciples, with ultimate authority, under God, residing in the church meeting when members meet together to discern the mind of Christ on all matters related to the work of the church. While the local church is the essential part of the Baptist concept of church, the importance of fellowship between churches has always been emphasised.

The BUV vision is to advance the Kingdom of God by empowering church leaders for mission. The Social Issues and Advocacy page of the BUV website provide resources to support discussion, education, discernment and response to various public and social issues.

The processes through which the BUV discerns, consults and gathers resources for church leaders on public issues is outlined on the Delegates Dinner, Consultation Forums and BEthos pages of the website.

Baptist World Alliance has provided a helpful statement regarding unity in diversity and engaging in respectful conversations. It sets out some helpful principles for respectful dialogue when there is a diversity of views.

Principles and Guidelines for Intra-Baptist Relationships

We have also put together a useful guide that will help you step through the process of engaging in advocacy and assist you as you
find out:
-Which advocacy opportunities your church could be involved in
-How to get the support you need through Baptist organisations and affiliations
-Who your MPs are, and which churches share your electorate
-How to prepare for a face to face meeting with a politician
-How to build on the issues and see change in policies, in your church and your community

Advocacy 101 Resource

Please click on the topic menu below to find tools to help discussion, inform awareness, prompt action and enhance connections to empower Baptist Leaders to lead local mission. We are regularly updating the resources and adding new issues so check in regularly!