Our One Priority Briefing for March 6, 2019
Wednesday, March 6, 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: Gaining Traction for a Radical Congregational Transformation: Or, Fixin’ to Get Ready to Commence to Begin to Start to Do Something – Maybe! When congregations move to the aging side of the congregational life cycle, and are no longer captured by God’s empowering vision, some form of transformation is needed. Congregational transformation can help congregations spiral forward to a new partial life cycle that can be sustained for up to seven years. However, the greatest challenge is gaining traction to engage in radical congregational transformation.
The Vision Day Lunch on Tuesday, March 19th at Noon at the CMBA Office will present several case studies about gaining traction. How do you get started? How do you get your congregation committed to engaging in the transitions and changes that can lead to the long-term transformation of your congregation?
Registration is essential! Register HERE. Hear Bob Morgan of Rosewood Church, Chris Reinolds of Killian, and Daniel Schrall of Southside Baptist Church.
Want to know more? Read the overview article on this subject HERE.
One Starting or Strengthening Action: A Church’s Commitment to Church Planting Sharpens an Evangelistic Focus: In 1907, the First Baptist Church of Columbia watched as the city’s Shandon community – less than three miles away – began to grow. First Baptist responded to the growth by planting Shandon Baptist Church, which today is arguably one of the most Kingdom-focused churches in the Southern Baptist and South Carolina Baptist Conventions and the Columbia Metro Baptist Association.
“Church planting is in our church’s roots and heritage,” says George Wright, Shandon’s senior pastor since returning to Columbia in 2017. “Over 100 years ago, First Baptist saw a need to reach the Shandon neighborhood and planted this church.”
That missional DNA has moved Shandon’s history to support church planting through the North American Mission Board’s Send Cities church planting initiative in Los Angeles, Boston, and Washington DC. Shandon has also supported a church plant in Charleston, SC.
Read the rest of this story HERE.
One Ministry Resource: Go Wild at VBS Expo on April 6, 2019: Planning to conduct Vacation Bible School this summer. Want to learn everything you need to know but are afraid to ask? Send a team from you church to Go Wild at VBS Expo on April 6th at North Trenholm Baptist Church, 6515 North Trenholm Road in Columbia.
This training is sponsored by the South Carolina Baptist Convention.