Our One Priority Briefing for January 23, 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 — Our One Priority Briefing for Ministers from George Bullard

A Family of Baptist Congregations in the Midlands of South Carolina

Our One Priority: Starting and Strengthening Churches to Serve as Vital and Vibrant Missional Communities.

One Key Insight

Multi-Ethnic Congregational Expressions: Almost 60 people from more than 30 of our churches gathered last Tuesday at North Trenholm Baptist Church for the first Vision Day of 2019 to hear from Robbie McAlister and Ryan Dupree on ministry among the 15 ethnic groups in the Midlands with an organized fellowship or association. If you wee unable to make it, you can listen to a podcast with Ryan and Robbie at https://www.columbiametro.org/podcast-019/. More than a dozen churches expressed the desire for Ryan and Robbie to follow-up with them. We will be meeting on Tuesday, February 29th to organize for the follow-up. If you want more information, please contact me at GeorgeBullard@ColumbiaMetro.org or 803.622.0923.

We also shared a concept piece on what we are calling International Ministry Mobilizer. This is a framework for individuals to dedicate time on an ongoing basis to developing relationships with internationals that could lead to an opportunity to share their story of Jesus with their new international friends. Let me know if you would like to receive the draft of this concept piece.

God has brought the people of His world to the Midlands of South Carolina and we must respond.

One Starting or Strengthening Action

New BCM Director Brings Relational Approach to Campus Ministry: The Midlands of South Carolina has over 50,000 students in various types of higher education. It is one of the largest target groups of people for ministry. Within this crowd of students are a generous collection of international students among whom the opportunity to share the gospel with people who may return to their home country with a missionary spirit.

We are very pleased to have Jamie Rogers as our Baptist Collegiate Ministry Director for Columbia. He, his wife Natasha, and their four children have an exciting spirit for ministry. Jamie began his ministry with us on December 1st and went to work on a collegiate focus with an exciting and captivating spirit.

Jamie is Our Family Stories feature for this week. Check out his story on our website – www.ColumbiaMetro.org – specifically at this link — https://www.columbiametro.org/jamie-robers-bcm-director/.

During the past year or so more than 25 of our churches have had a direct involvement in Baptist Collegiate Ministries here in Columbia. If you desire to connect with Jamie, his e-mail is bcmrev@gmail.com or you may call him at 803.235.0049. He will be very glad to hear from you.

One Ministry Resource

Steve Perky’s Weekly Focus: Steve Perky is a Ministry Innovation Strategist and Coach, and Technology Services Directional Leader for St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Richmond, VA. He has started a new weekly e-zine called Weekly Focus. Steve says, “The Weekly Focus is a summary of what I am reading, listening to, discovering, and learning this week. These include some of my thoughts and ideas around life, ministry, technology, culture, leadership, strategy, and communications. I pray these thoughts will help us all be better people, spouses, leaders, and learners as we live intentionally in our converged digital/physical daily lives.”

Check out this e-zine, and if you want to subscribe to it there is a link to do so. Steve is the technology person that helped us design our website last year, and create a new logo and branding for the association. See the Weekly Focus at https://mailchi.mp/steveperky/nlwr9wvtq9?e=ee0e44d3d9.

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