Public Witness & Social Concerns

In Acts 1:8 Jesus says to His disciples, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Atlantic Baptists are committed to being faithful witnesses to the grace of God as we live in the world. We strive to understand and convey truth on social and moral issues as we engage our society in the public square.

If you would like to find more about how this department can help your church, please contact us.

As of December 31, 2016, Dr. Lois Mitchell has concluded her formal ministry with the CBAC as the Director of Public Witness & Social Concerns. We are grateful for how she has helped our churches walk through responding compassionately and biblically to some difficult issues. See a write up here: We will post once the position has been filled.

Articles and Resources
What is Public Witness?

Child Abuse Prevention

Choosing Life

Family Violence




Racism Working Group

Sexual Orientation

War and Peace



Public Statements and Discussion Papers

Articles Written for the Atlantic Baptist

Articles Originally Published in the Tidings

Rapha Network
RAPHA Initiative BannerThe Rapha Initiative Working Group has been re-invented as the Rapha Network. As a network, we can involve more people in the vision of reducing stigma and raising awareness around mental health and mental illness. Lots of good things are happening throughout Atlantic Canada – in our churches and in our communities – and we want to encourage as many people as possible to be involved in positive ways in this growing movement of care and concern. So, in 2012 we are no longer a working group of our Convention; we are now a network and there is room for you to join us! The facebook link will take you to our facebook page. Anyone can see the posts on the page but in order to fully participate, you must request membership status. As a member you’re welcome to share ideas, resources, events, etc. Let’s work together, encouraging one another, as we continue to reduce stigma and raise awareness! Join the Rapha Network Facebook Group.

The vision for this network is found in Jeremiah 30:17a

“But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the LORD, because you are called an outcast…”

Rapha means healer. We desire that our churches might be places where a God who heals can use the church family to provide settings of healing and hope for those whose lives are affected by mental illness and where we may celebrate His goodness to each of us.

Produced by the Rapha Initiative, a Working Group of the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches (Public Witness & Social Concerns Department), this video as a means of encouraging people in our churches to think about mental health and mental illness from a more informed perspective.

RAPHA Resources

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