The Northern Baptist Association has appointed Lindsay Jones as their new regional multicultural ministries consultant.
Lindsay has previously served in four Baptist churches and as a consultant for Baptist Churches nationally. He recently concluded six years as senior pastor at the Auckland Baptist Tabernacle, where the ethnic diversity of the inner city helped further equip him for ministry amongst migrant peoples.
“A new work of God’s grace is unfolding among the diaspora in Auckland city,” says Lindsay. “Migrant people are flooding into New Zealand as part of a worldwide movement of people groups, whether driven by conflict, persecution, education and language skills, or work opportunities. Such changes bring an openness to the gospel for many of them.”
The consultant role will have Lindsay working with the national Multicultural Inclusion Ministries team, including National Team Leader Steve Davis. He will be responsible primarily for mentoring and resourcing established ethnic pastors and their churches within the Northern region. He will also explore connections with the wave of new migrant pastors coming to New Zealand, and work alongside the recently established Carey Baptist College Migrant Church Leaders’ training initiative.
Lindsay says he hopes to help migrant pastors and communities integrate into the wider Baptist family and to life in New Zealand. He also wants to share the vision for the mission opportunity of the gospel, and to educate and equip existing churches to embrace the richness of being intercultural.
“When individuals and communities migrate, the excitement of new things soon translates into language and culture issues, economic sustainability, and the younger generation quickly becoming Kiwis. So, there will be no shortage of opportunities to provide support and advice!” says Lindsay.