Unity, Working Together, Witness
Belgrave Heights Convention with the Keswick movement worldwide has adopted a key statement to describe its gospel inclusivity: ‘for you are all one in Christ Jesus’ (Galatians 3:28). The Convention works with evangelicals from a wide variety of church backgrounds, on the understanding that they share a commitment to the essential truths of the Christian faith as set out in our statement of belief.
All who speak on behalf of Belgrave Heights Convention are asked to display sensitivity and generosity of spirit on the wide range of issues where evangelicals, in good conscience, hold a variety of opinions. Founded on our unity in Christ and our shared understanding of evangelical truth, we expect those who minister among us to expound scripture with clarity and faithfulness, but respectfully ask them not to use the Convention platform to campaign for particular positions on such secondary issues. Recognising that Scripture allows for legitimate difference on such matters (Romans 14:1-15:13), we lay these aside for the purposes of our ministry together.
our work together
We are committed to Christ-like relationships of honesty, generosity and integrity in all areas of our work together. We want our relationships to be governed by fundamental Biblical imperatives (2 Timothy 3:16,17). These include -
- The dignity and worth of all human beings (Genesis 1:26,27)
- A willingness to forgive and restore broken relationships (Colossians 3:13)
- Mutual help, encouragement and support (1 Thessalonians 5:14)
- Openness, integrity and honesty in speech and behavior (Ephesians 4:15)
- A commitment to one another through sacrificial service (Galatians 5:13)
- A commitment to team work, serving under the guidance of the designated team leader (Hebrews 13:17)
- The centrality of prayer, seeking God’s grace for all aspects of our relationships and ministries (Ephesians 6:18)
As a matter of Christian integrity and consistency, all aspects of our work must reflect gospel values, so that our witness to Jesus Christ is commended, not compromised.
Because of our reputation as a Christian organisation and ministry, all staff, visitors and members of the public with whom we have contact can expect to be treated in ways which reflect the values we have articulated above.
Since our speakers, staff members and volunteers often have contact with churches and Christian agencies in Australia and overseas, we expect anyone representing the organisation to maintain biblical standards of speech, behavior and lifestyle that commend the faith that we profess.