Faith Statement

We accept wholeheartedly the revelation of God given in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and confess the faith therein set forth. We here explicitly assert the doctrines which we regard as crucial to the understanding and proclamation of the Gospel and to practical Christian living:
• The sovereignty, love, and grace of God, the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit in creation, providence, revelation, redemption and final judgment.
• The divine inspiration of Holy Scripture and its entire trustworthiness and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
• The value of each human being as created by God. The universal sinfulness of humankind since the fall, which alienates all from God and subjects all to condemnation.
• The full deity and humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, whose substitutionary sacrifice is the sole ground of redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin.
• The justification of the sinner by the grace of God through faith alone in Christ crucified and risen from the dead.
• The illuminating, regenerating, indwelling and sanctifying work of God, the Holy Spirit, in the believer.
• The church as set forth in the New Testament and understood historically by the Baptist community.
• The expectation of the personal, visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ, our participation in the resurrection, and the hope of eternal life.
The Carey Theological College Statement Of Faith endorsed by CBWC Assembly in 1982 & 2007
We affirm/hold/and believe both the Apostle’s creed and the Nicene Creed.
We are a community of vibrant Christ-centred churches being God’s love and hope amongst our neighbours.

As a Christ-centred community of churches we value:

1. Inviting Faith
2. Acting in Mercy
3. Cultivating Leaders

In recent history church groups have emphasized one and, at times, two of these values. Yet Canadian Baptists of Western Canada recognizes that each value is equally important and interdependent. In order to “invite faith,” conversions, congregations and church plants must increase in number. Critical to this increase is the “cultivation of leaders” through the development of strong lay and pastoral leadership that is responsive to the needs of others. In order to “act in mercy,” we must compassionately respond to those in need, which in turn will introduce people to Jesus Christ. These three areas are intertwined, bringing balance to ministry. Significant resources are provided to assist congregations and train pastors to provide meaningful ministry and community impact within the neighbourhood/region of the congregation. We foster ministry expansion and health cooperatively.

While congregations remain autonomous they choose to engage in ministry together. The congregations “in Assembly” (assembled church representatives and pastors) entrust to elected CBWC leadership and appointed staff the fulfillment and development of the above ministry values. Local churches and the denomination enter into annual covenantal agreements to foster ministry.

We believe that ministry advancement is the responsibility of the whole congregation.

Pastors and other ministry staff are called to lead congregational ministry. However the vitality, mission, and growth of that ministry are dependent on each member’s (staff included) response to the continuing work of God’s Spirit within the congregation and community. Using the Apostle Paul’s metaphor, the Church is one body made up of equally important parts to fulfill one corporate function – to genuinely love God, to sacrificially serve Him, to generously respond to needs beyond our own, and to, by faith, live out and teach the truths of Scripture.

We affirm the role of women and men in ministry.

Women and men are recognized as equal servants in the work of the Lord. The CBWC seeks to recognize the gifts of all individuals whether they are female or male. Both may serve on all boards, fulfill the responsibilities of a chairperson, and may be called to pastor a congregation and be ordained to Gospel Ministry.

We expect pastoral leaders to participate in cluster groups for mutual support.

Within Western Canada the majority of our churches fall into fourteen geographic clusters. The purpose of these regional clusters is to bring the ministry staff together to uphold one another in prayer, to encourage each other in difficult times, to engage cooperatively in new ministries, and to encourage ministry skill development. It is also understood that regional congregations will support each other in good and difficult times. In cases where pastors are geographically isolated they are expected to participate in clusters within their particular community and/or through telephone, email or videoconferencing.

We require all ministry staff to adhere to CBWC Assembly-approved ministerial protocol.

All pastors are to commit themselves to and exemplify the moral and spiritual values reflected in God’s Word as referred to in our statements of belief. Specific standards regarding requirements for and behaviour within ministry are found within the Ministerial Policies, Procedures and Protocol manual which is approved by a vote of Assembly. Any revisions must be accepted by an Assembly vote. Each pastor is expected to have read, be familiar with, and agree to adhere to this protocol.

We hold to clear statements on marriage & sexual behavior.

CBWC defines marriage as a “publicly recognized covenanting together for life between a woman and a man who live together in a relationship, characterized by troth and fidelity, and for the purpose of lifelong companionship, mutual interdependence and responsibility for each other, and potential procreation. It is symbolic of God’s relationship to his people and Jesus Christ’s relationship to his church.”

The position of the CBWC with regard to any sexual behaviour outside of monogamous heterosexual marriage behaviour is that it is not affirmed.

We expect every credentialed ministry staff member to practice life-long learning.

CBWC encourages all pastors and other ministry staff, no matter what their level of education or expertise, to practice continuing education. The Carey Institute and Carey Theological College provide a number of offerings for this purpose, on the UBC campus in Vancouver, as well as in regional settings accessible to local congregations. Courses are also offered through distance learning. Financial assistance is available to all credentialed ministry personnel. New pastors are required to participate in a Graduate Internship programme for a minimum of one year.

Our Affiliation

Like churches everywhere, we are a part of a larger family. In our case, we belong to the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada (CBWC), which is a part of the founding Baptist churches of Canada. The CBWC is affiliated with Canadian Baptist Ministries, the organization that helps our churches engage in overseas ministries.

Canadian Baptists of Western Canada (CBWC)
Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM)