Great Commission Partnerships
exists to assist North Carolina Baptists churches in their effort to impact lostness in the United States and around the world. We provide assistance to churches and associations in developing, implementing and maintaining a missions strategy.
An effective missional strategy is designed to reach unreached and unengaged people in the local community, North Carolina, North America and the world. Great Commission Partnerships (GCP) helps North Carolina Baptist churches develop and carry out a missions strategy by focusing on long-term, intentional partnerships; global impact networks, and developing young leaders.
GCP coordinates partnerships of the BSCNC in three metropolitan areas: New York City, Boston and Toronto, which together account for 30 million people. Mobilization opportunities are available in all three areas.
GCP also helps connect North Carolina Baptists churches by developing Global Impact Networks. These networks are points of connection for local congregations to partner with other congregations, the BSCNC, the North American Mission Board, the International Mission Board and other evangelical groups for the purpose of impacting unreached/underserved people groups of the world.
Next Generation Leaders are developed through a three-year missional journey that involves teaching from pastors, missionaries and mission strategists; interactive Web-based discussion and accountability groups; and hands-on mission involvement with church planters, urban strategists and missionaries serving in unreached and underserved areas of the nations.
Coats for the City
Two years ago, Bethlehem Baptist Church in Gastonia had a vision for Coats for Queens. The church partnered with Boto Joseph, a church planter in Queens, to distribute coats and Bibles, and to pray with residents of Jackson Heights in Queens. This ministry was a huge success. Last year the effort was expanded as a result of Hurricane Sandy to include Rockaway Beach.
This year the project has been expanded even further. Partnering with church planters all across New York, this year we hope to collect 30,000 coats and either a Bible or Jesus film in the language of the person receiving the coat. To do this we need your help. Your church can get involved by promoting Coats for the City to your church, recruiting volunteers to help with coat distribution in New York, and praying that Coats for the City would open the door for the gospel to be shared with those who are not yet believers in Jesus Christ.
We need for churches to collect new or gently used coats throughout October. The collected coats must be sorted into heavy duty lawn bags, according to three styles: men, women and children. The coats should be delivered to the collection centers listed below by October 31.
We would also ask people to donate $2 for every coat they drop off. This will help cover the cost of the Bibles and/or Jesus videos. This is not required, but would be a big help.
If you have people willing to go to New York to help distribute coats we ask each of them to commit to the following:
Each volunteer needs to arrive in New York by the evening of Thursday, December 12. A training session will be held Friday, December 13, as well as preparation for distribution the following day. Each volunteer will be asked to be prepared to pray with and share the gospel with those they engage on Saturday, December 14. We have room for 40 volunteers at the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association and can arrange other housing if needed. Volunteers will be responsible for their own transportation and lodging cost.