Ministries at a glance — winter highlightsby BSCNC Communications
Every quarter, we will be highlighting certain BSCNC ministries to brief you on ministry happenings and updates. Thanks to your support, our staff is able to serve many around the world and reach them for Christ.
Church Planting and Missions Partnerships
North Carolina Baptist churches added more than 3,700 new disciple-making groups in 2016. These groups help existing believers grow in their faith and walk with the Lord through discipleship, but they also reach the lost and introduce people to God’s love through evangelism. Disciple-making groups are an opportunity for people to meet outside the Sunday service in groups that allow for discussion and individual growth.
Family Evangelism and Discipleship
Last year, the convention started a new Faith@Home ministry, led by Mark Smith. This ministry aims to help churches develop strategies that families can use to become disciple-makers in their own homes. Faith@Home is based on Deuteronomy 6:4-7 and Ephesians 4:12 and will hold conferences on multiplying disciples this summer.
The “52 Sundays” resource for 2017 was distributed to N.C. Baptists at the end of 2016. Since it was first distributed in 2009, 52 Sundays has helped churches place a focus on praying for missionaries supported through the Cooperative Program. The resource, which is now being used by eight other state conventions, is available in English and Spanish and includes a PowerPoint with prayer points, bulletin inserts and devotions.
“Patterned,” a disciple-making workbook and DVD, was released to N.C. Baptist churches in August. Since then, hundreds of churches have requested copies of this resource, which aims to help believers learn to make disciples. “Modelar,” the Spanish version of this resource, was released to N.C. Baptist churches in November. Each N.C. Baptist church may order up to 15 copies of “Patterned” or “Modelar” free of charge.
Visit: patternednc.org; modelarnc.org
Strategic Focus Team
The Strategic Focus Team has been working to make disciples across the state in the past year. In Hickory, 45 people gathered for a prayer walk in November and engaged several people in gospel conversations. In the Triangle, five churches are working to reach unreached and diverse communities, and a former IMB missionary is partnering with the convention to help Hispanic churches reach the area's growing Hispanic population. In the Triad, six churches are working to launch disciple-making groups in strategic locations. These churches recently launched their first Hispanic disciple-making group through an event in November, during which 32 people made decisions to follow Christ.