Our vision for the community of Footscray Baptist Church grows out of our relationship with God, the source of all life, who draws us into the mystery of God’s presence.

Our vision is –

To come together to celebrate God’s love for the world, which we believe is expressed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

To answer God’s call to become co-workers in the world, in God’s passion for wholeness – inviting people to respond to the story of Jesus Christ, seeking justice, upholding the dignity of all human beings and promoting protection of the environment.

To support each other in our journey of faith so that we become who God wants us to be, respecting each other in our God-given diversity, and creating a safe space to grow.

We seek to fulfil our vision in worship when we come together to celebrate God’s love for the world, which we believe is expressed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We will do this by:

  • Coming together expectantly for our worship services to meet the living God who encounters us in surprising ways.

  • Accepting our weaknesses and preparing ourselves as best we can to allow God to have central focus in all parts of the service.

  • Aiming to make our worship services reflect the creative God.

  • Making our services inclusive, relevant and balanced – in race, gender and age – and encouraging the use of inclusive language.

  • Being a multicultural church, encouraging the use of different languages in our services.

  • Recognising that God has given various gifts to every person, gifts which are of equal value, and inviting their use in creative ways.

  • Being open always to radical ways of expressing our faith and connecting with God.

  • Celebrating our faith in practical ways through the sharing of meals, the celebration of special occasions and in our response to particular needs.

We seek to fulfil our vision in mission when we answer God’s call to become co-workers in the world, in God’s passion for wholeness – inviting people to respond to the story of Jesus Christ, seeking justice, upholding the dignity of all human beings and promoting protection of the environment.

We will do this, knowing that:

  • In the stories of the Old and New Testaments, we see that God is passionate about life, constantly reaching out to save people from misery, to liberate them from oppression and to heal them from all dehumanising conditions.

  • God does not act alone, but in cooperation with human beings. God gifts every person in different ways and calls us to contribute our gifts to God’s passion for wholeness.

  • God’s very being is reaching out for the wholeness of all life, which includes the restoration of people’s relationship with God. It follows that the community of believers has no choice but to become a partner in God’s passion.

  • God is a God of justice. We will seek to challenge injustice among us and in the wider community.

  • God has given dignity to every human being. We will commit ourselves to treat every person with respect, and to help restore that respect wherever it has been violated, particularly among those whom society has marginalised.

  • God is the creator of the universe and of the earth. We are called to be good stewards of the natural resources and to protect all plants and animals from exploitation.

  • God has gifted us with the practical resources of our church buildings. We will aim to maintain them in a way which reflects the welcoming and creative nature of God.

We seek to fulfil our vision in community when we support each other in our journey of faith so that we become who God wants us to be, respecting each other in our God-given diversity, and creating a safe space to grow.

We will do this as we:

  • Acknowledge that we are broken people in need of forgiveness and healing.

  • Create a safe space for us as we are, but remain open to the transforming presence of the Spirit of God through whom we will receive forgiveness, healing and growth.

  • Challenge life-destructive tendencies among and within us, not judging, but encouraging growth towards wholeness.

  • Expect that God will meet us in other people, whatever their age, race, religion, capability, gender or sexuality.

  • Recognise the special contribution children make to our community. We seek to nurture their innate hunger for learning and in turn learn from their uninhibited way of expressing joy and sorrow in life.

  • Commit ourselves, on our journey of faith, to seek to understand our own Baptist traditions and those of other churches, to learn from the testimony of other faiths and cultures, to invite critical thinking through the attendance at seminars on current issues, and by encouraging small group discussions and formal theological training.

  • Realise that the journey of faith will challenge us to move beyond the familiar and comfortable. We commit ourselves to the willingness to suffer as Jesus was willing to suffer. Growth and transformation involves pain but we trust in the promise of God to bring new life and joy.