Assessment: Measuring Progress toward a Goal Merriam Webster defines assessment as “the act of making a judgment about something.” What that “something” is determines the information needed to “make a judgment.” Several years ago Baptist Church Planters and ChurchCare decided that we needed to do some assessment. The administration spent two days answering questions such as ‘what is important to God’ and ‘what is the end product that we expect from all the ministries of this Mission.’ All the questions led to one answer: the Church, the Body of Christ, is important to God; therefore, we expect all the Baptist Church Planters’ ministries to focus on serving the [...]
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Journey with me up a mountain, a spiritual mountain. This journey is hard by nature but is life-altering, extremely satisfying, and leads to life. A.W. Tozer spoke of this mountain as the mount of God: “Our Lord said to His disciples, ‘If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it.’ Let me exhort you to take this seriously. It is not to be understood as mere Bible teaching to be stored away in the mind along with an inert [...]
In this issue: The challenge of Transitions; Assessment in the Local Church; Report From the Field; Introducing "Teacher Journey Training"; Calling all "Tentmakers"; Introducing Intentional Transitional Ministries; A Tribute to Pastor David Dunkin
National Conference on Hispanic Outreach Report After seeing the need for Hispanic ministry leaders, both English and Spanish-speaking to coordinate efforts in reaching Hispanics for Christ here in the US, Herb and Wanda Taylor began NCHO, National Conference on Hispanic Outreach: a Hispanic Think Tank. NCHO meetings have been held annually in Greenville, SC, since 2014 as well as in Arizona in 2017 and in California in 2018. The purpose of NCHO is to ENCOURAGE and EQUIP Hispanic ministry leaders. On October 4, over 100 attendees participated in NCHO in Greenville. Herb Taylor opened the day with a session entitled, “What is NCHO?” explaining his vision for the purpose [...]
Baptist Church Planters announces the retirement of Walter and Beverly McDonald. Prior to their marriage in 2006, Walter and Beverly had each been married and in full-time ministry before their spouses were taken Home. After their marriage, Walter and Beverly joined the BCP Family as church planters in 2011. They have faithfully served the Lord at Providence Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida. Walter and Beverly have been passionate about encouraging outreach, and it is evidenced through the church’s efforts in VBS, their Annual Harvest Fest and their weekly Bread Ministry. On any given Saturday morning you will find a dedicated group of members gearing up to distribute perishable and [...]
This year Tim and Susan Heinrich have been focusing on the NEXT STEPS for Crossroads Baptist Church in Tracy, CA. Due to the high turnover of this community, they have planted and replanted multiple times. They are three years into the most recent group of families and the blessing of a permanent facility to rent. The focus this year has been on implementing the church’s Values statement. One of the highlights of this year has been outreach events, such as a couples’ retreat and a Passover Seder, which reached 15 new families. A record-high Vacation Bible School saw over 100 children reached and two clear professions of salvation. Praise [...]
Report from Peter and Mary Lou Jenks: It has been a busy and productive summer in Nebraska. One of the highlights was the Day Camp at Whispering Cedars Baptist Camp, which is located between the two church plants where we serve. Buses arrive on Monday morning and bring children K-6th grade to the camp. Most of these children attend our JOY Clubs at Victory Baptist Church in Fullerton and Grace Baptist Church in Genoa. This year over 100 children were ministered to at the camp. The program was led by two mission groups that teamed up: one from Lincoln, NE, and the other from Ames, IA. The closing program [...]
Are you discouraged? Have you been downcast? Do you know others who feel faint-hearted? Chapter six of Galatians is God’s instruction for us how we are to deal with the frailties of this life. Hear this in Galatians 6:9-10 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (10) As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” It is hard for me to think of Jeremiah, the weeping prophet of the Bible. This man continued to be faithful in such adverse conditions. Praise the [...]
Serving Christ is undoubtedly an inheritance we can never lose and a joy that can never be diminished, and the body at Desert Hills Baptist is blessed beyond measure. While spring reminds us of new life coming, we have been reminded of new blessings bestowed and upcoming here in Buckeye, Arizona. This is how BCP missionary church planter and wife, Adam and Elizabeth Zamora feel! The ministry has seen growth not just in numbers (we now host an 8:45 and 10:30 service to help with parking and seating) but in ministry participation. We have recently finished a sermon series on Christian Habits. Families were excited to share steps they need [...]