We are a member church of this Association
The Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland
The Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland is a group of autonomous churches which have voluntarily agreed to work together. 93 are located Northern Ireland and 28 are located in Republic of Ireland.
These churches have well over 8,500 members and represent a Baptist community of about 20,000 people. As autonomous, the churches are self-governing. The Association only acts on behalf of the churches for the work which the churches have agreed to do together. Churches enter the Association by application followed by a vote of the Churches’ Council. They may withdraw at any time they wish.
Administration of the Association and its College is located close to Moira at the Baptist Centre.
The Association holds its Annual Assembly in May. The Churches’ Council meets during that week and in November, to receive reports and conduct common business. Routine matters are handled by an Executive Committee elected by the churches at the May Churches’ Council meeting.
The Missions Department, known as Baptist Missions, maintains staff in Ireland, Peru, and Europe.
Its Youth Department has a varied programme of activities for children and young people and provides training and resources for those involved. The Amazing Journey is an amazing ministry of Baptist Youth
Baptist Women is a vibrant ministry to women in our churches and community.
There is a Welfare Department which handles practical and financial assistance for orphans and retired workers.
The Education Department embraces the Irish Baptist College which facilitates the training of men and women for Christian ministry at home and overseas and Irish Baptist Historical Society which promotes research and investigation into Baptist life and witness in Ireland and beyond.
MBC Members serving
Joanne serves as Personal Assistant to the Missions Director. As well as handling all the day to day administration Joanne has responsibility for organising Deputation/Furlough for all our missionaries, monitoring the Director’s Diary, providing the Mission’s pages to the bi-monthly “ABCInsight” magazine, producing a monthly financial statement, updating the Mission’s website, organising the annual Workers’ Retreat in Ireland and generally assisting the Director in various ways. One key aspect of Joanne’s role is sending out our weekly Prayer News which enables people all over the world to pray for our missionaries.
Mervyn Scott was appointed to serve as Missions Director by the Churches Council in May 2014 and took up the post on September 1st that year. Mervyn is from Dublin, married to Karen (from Belfast) and they have four children. Mervyn’s responsibility is to oversee the work of the Mission, provide pastoral care and support for our team of missionaries and promote the Mission among the churches of the Association. Previously, Mervyn & Karen served as Mission Workers in the Cork/Kerry area in evangelism and church planting.
Agnes is Editorial Assistant of the Association magazine ABCInsight. Published 6 times a year ABCInsight is the magazine of the Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland. The publication contains news from around the churches, reports of the work of the Association Departments and articles on a wide range of biblical and spiritual matters.
For 12 years – until retirement in May 2018 – Valerie Hamilton served as Registrar in The Irish Baptist College.