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2013 BCP Family Picture

Connect Fall 2013

In this issue: * Integrity in Church Planting, in Church Finances, in Church Building * * Church Documents *

Harvest Baptist Church Graduation Service

Harvest Baptist Church of Williamsburg, Iowa, celebrated their “graduation” from mission status on Sunday, November 3, 2013. Harvest Baptist was a church plant of Faith Baptist in Iowa City. A group of forty believers signed a covenant of Declaration of their commitment to the church plant in September 2001. First services were held on October 10, 2001, at Mary Welsh Elementary School in Williamsburg. Dennis Robinson and Kent Johannes from Continental Baptist Mission were able to join the celebration. They were lead builders from the Mission that oversaw the construction of the building that began in June 2005. The graduation day’s activities were divided into three parts.  Sunday school included [...]

A Building Committee with Integrity ~ Howard Fraser, ChurchCare Construction

The anticipation is high as the building committee gathers around the table for their first meeting. Discussion ensues regarding vision, future goals, building requirements, floor plans, history of giving, numerical growth and even color schemes.  Each of these areas can become a pitfall as personal preferences and enthusiasm collide.  The excitement of erecting a new facility is contagious. Everyone has an opinion or a pet project, and everyone wants his or her idea to be heard.     The opportunities for growth that a building project provides a church are many.  Working together toward a common goal, investing sweat equity in your church community, seeing God answer prayer and learning to trust [...]

Technology and Integrity ~ Chris Brown

"I've learned that you can't hide a piece of broccoli in your glass of milk,” a 7-year- old said. You can, but only for a little while!  With such a creative world we live in, there are so many tools to help you NOT be who you really are, or to NOT leave any trace of where you have been or what you have seen.   “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching” (C.S. Lewis).  When using technology, you are usually in private with your personal devices, and no one is keeping you accountable.  It is vital that you be a person of integrity as you use [...]

Integrity in Church Planting ~ Adam Zamora

Someone well said that, “Our reputation is what others think we are, and integrity is who God knows we are.”   The dictionary defines integrity as an adherence to moral and ethical principles.   What moral and ethical principles would be involved in the subject of church planting?    I am glad you asked. I believe there are several arenas involving integrity in the area of church planting.  The first arena is the life of the church planter.  God uses the church planter to lead people to a deeper knowledge of God and ultimately to become more and more like the Lord Jesus.   The church planter cannot lead people to a place he [...]

Fellowship Baptist Church in Lorain, OH

About 14 years ago, Baptist Church Planters had a vision and desire to see a church plant in Lorain, OH.  At one time there were five fundamental churches in Lorain, but one by one, four of the five churches closed their doors.  As of 2011 Fellowship Baptist Church was the only existing OARBC church in Lorain, and it was also struggling to stay open.  In 2012, the church approached BCP to inquire if they were eligible to go under the mission’s Refuge/Rescue Work agreement.  After several meetings, it was determined that they did indeed qualify.  In February 2013, the church voted to return to mission status under BCP and on [...]

September 2013 ~ Byron Center, MI

Sycamore Community Baptist Church has a relatively short history.  Individuals felt the nudge from God to start a new work in the area, so with Pastor Jerry Hopkins, missionary under Baptist Church Planters, they began to pray for the Lord's timing and location.  The church incorporated and held their first service on December 4, 2011.  There were fourteen present.  The church has been averaging 65 members who are committed to organizing and teaching Sunday school classes for toddlers, primaries, teens and adults.  The youth group has grown from about 7 teenagers to a group of nineteen. The greatest need is to find a place of their own to meet.  They currently [...]

August 2013 ~ Tracy, California

Crossroads Baptist Church of Tracy was started when families from a Bay Area congregation moved to Tracy and were unable to find a place to worship.  Today it is a multi-ethnic congregation of families that are from all over the world.   The theme for this year is “Find Us Faithful.”  We are focusing on faithfulness in three core areas.  Faithfulness in WORSHIP, as we seek to involve more families in the worship team, special music and Scripture reading.  Faithfulness in discipleship, as Family Fellowship Groups have been established and several Bible Studies started.  There are plans for fall Bible studies in neighboring communities, with the goal of eventually planting [...]

July 2013 ~ Glendale, AZ

This year our theme is "Committed to the Great Commission." We want to make a conscious effort to influence our multi-cultural community with the message of Christ.  We are encouraged and blessed as we see families with perfect attendance, including many with perfect punctuality as well!  This can be a challenge to some of our members, but their efforts have been blessed by them seeing God working greatly in their lives and maturing them and seeing family members saved and baptized. Although the Lord has blessed us with many wonderful volunteers, we have a definite need for someone to dedicate themselves more intensely to expand our church's outreach in the future.  David [...]

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