Church planting is a labor of love. In a Church plant with a majority of new believers, things move much more slowly, people develop less quickly, and the greatest challenge besides laborers is financing. God allowed Desert Hills Baptist Church to raise $230,000 towards the purchase of land and to close escrow in February. We are truly grateful for His provision. We currently are trying to raise monies to move forward with developing the land the Lord has provided. Building in the west is unique in that the costs associated are often higher than they would be in the Midwest or other places. We are looking at spending over $600,000 simply in site costs and permits. We are [...]
On March 18, 2014, Stephen P. Little accepted the call to the presidency of Baptist Church Planters. Steve has been a church planter and has planted three churches, one in Recife, Brazil, and two in New York State. The Littles have served with the mission since 1994, and Steve was a councilman for twelve years. He knows church planting and will be a great friend and support to church planters and to churches with a heart for church planting. Steve and Becky have five children and four grandchildren.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Walter and Beverly McDonald are serving in Tallahassee, Florida. Providence Baptist Church is enjoying an increased number of people visiting and has seen a number of baptisms. The believers are enjoying opportunities for fellowship and growth through home Bible studies, ladies' luncheons, men's fish fry, and fishing trips. The church is reaching out into the community as well. The depressed economy has caused an increase in the number of requests for financial help in the neighborhood. The church's Bread Ministry is an outreach program that allows them to help meet these needs and provides an avenue of witness and tract distribution in both English and Spanish. It is still their desire to [...]