Healthy churches are our mission

October 15, 2019

Our calling is to serve North Carolina Baptist churches in their health, mission and efforts to impact lostness in their own communities and beyond. Back in 2015, author and professor Chuck Lawless wrote an article entitled 10 Traits of a Healthy Church. Reading it caused me to reflect upon the work we do here at the convention and how we are currently serving churches across the state in their appointed mission.

When your church supports the Cooperative Program, you’re serving alongside us as we minister to build strong and healthy churches across the state. Taking some of the points from Lawless’ article, I want to tell you about a few of the ways the convention is serving and strengthening churches across North Carolina.

Healthy churches have a clear outward focus.
We understand that healthy churches focus on the needs both outside the church building and within their own communities, or harvest fields. Healthy churches see and understand how their community is changing and that their calling is to befriend their lost neighbors and to share the gospel with them. To accurately see these communities, the Strategic Focus Team is tasked with sharing a missionary approach with churches to engage specific pockets of lostness.

Healthy churches have a recognized strategy for producing disciples.
The DiscipleNC ministry partners with churches to train, equip and send others to share the gospel and make disciples. Gospel Conversations Training can teach your church members what to do and say to share the good news of the gospel competently and confidently. This training includes a time for practice and follow-up processes for strategy and accountability.

Healthy churches’ worship is God-centered and vibrant.
The Worship and Music Ministry at the Baptist State Convention partners with ministry leaders to equip churches in renewing their corporate worship so that people will encounter the transforming power of Jesus Christ. If you’re looking to strengthen your church’s worship experience, they have upcoming events to equip and serve every facet of worship ministry.

Healthy churches’ small groups (and Sunday School classes) do outreach.
Small groups and Sunday School classes are effective when they are on mission to reach others in the community for Christ, help them grow in their walk with Him and equip others to do the same. The convention provides coaching, consultations, training events, resources and more related to small groups and Sunday School classes in the local church.

There are many other indicators of a healthy and vibrant church as well as more ways that the convention is serving churches across the state.

How can we serve your church in its divinely appointed mission?

by Will Taylor  /  Communications  /  Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

How families can mentor families to make disciples at home

There is an old saying, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” What if we took this same approach in discipling our families. No doubt, you have families in your church who are doing a phenomenal job discipling their...

Don’t miss the blessing of leading your child to Christ

Most churches stress the importance of passing the gospel on to future generations. We often refer to the family as a primary mission field. To emphasize this reality, we point to passages such as Deuteronomy 6:6-7a, which says, “These words that I am giving you today are to be in...

4 women’s ministry events for you and your church

“Pivot” is a new buzzword brought about by COVID-19, and it’s something every organization and ministry has had to do amid the global pandemic. The coronavirus has forced the cancellation, postponement, rescheduling or shifting of numerous events and conferences, and the impact...

NCMO helps demonstrate Christ’s love in word, deed

The year 2020 has been a year like no other in our lifetime. Events of this year have left many people hurting in numerous ways. As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we should be compelled by the love He demonstrated for us through His death on the cross to love others, serve...

Baptists on Mission dedicates Charity Rebuild Center

Two years ago Hurricane Florence struck North Carolina with devastating force. Today Baptists on Mission (NCBM) dedicated its Charity Rebuild Center, a disaster relief ministry hub near Rose Hill, N.C. Since its founding in 2019, the site has been home base for volunteer teams as...

Amid pandemic precautions, Fruitland graduates 29 to take gospel to the world

Fruitland Baptist Bible College conferred degrees on 29 graduates in a commencement service at the main campus in Hendersonville on Friday, Sept. 11. The briefer-than-usual service had full pandemic precautions in place, including masks, social distancing and gloves. Graduates...

How to reach those ‘far from God’ but ‘near to us’

The missionary task propels the global church from everywhere to everywhere to share the gospel in the darkest corners of the world. That same gospel-driven intentionality leads local churches to be relevant in engaging the lost around them. Our state is changing as long-term...

3 practical ways to encourage your pastor

Pastors are quitting today for many reasons. Pastors, as a whole, can be a troubled lot. Unfortunately it comes with the territory. But much of the remedy would come if somebody would simply offer them some genuine encouragement. To encourage means “to inspire with courage,...

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Stay connected by signing up for the N.C. Baptist monthly newsletter.

Select Language ^

Share This

Share this with your friends!