Baptist Church Planters, as listed in our Constitution, was “established to assist churches and missionaries to plant Baptist churches in North America and to provide specialized or supplemental ministries essential to church planting growth and development.” There are many ways that Baptist Church Planters can partner with local churches to help facilitate their process of planting and revitalizing churches of America. It is our goal that every church would desire and strive to fulfill its call to the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20).
Core Targets of a Healthy Church
- Believers who understand that their conversion and walk must be by faith through grace including genuine repentance. This will be seen in their walk with Jesus where they strive to serve with patient joy;
- 80% of adult members pursuing the “one another” commands as seen in their care for each other;
- Focused, passionate prayer for holiness, discipleship, and multiplication by groups of people at church;
- Ongoing, obvious life change that the believer credits to the church’s clear expositional preaching and teaching;
- 75% of adult members spend regular solo time with God 5 days a week;
- 50% of adult members have shared the complete gospel in the last 12 months;
- 50% of adult members are intentionally and regularly discipling someone;
- 10% of current church membership added to the church through adult belief and baptism in the last 5 years;
- A clear, biblical peacemaking process used between members regularly;
- Biblical church discipline process used recently;
- Someone discipled by the church sent into full-time ministry within the last 5 years; and
- A full complement of trained leaders serving as elders and deacons with several more qualified in the wings.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”