Two churches in one building

January 17, 2020

Five years ago, in a yearly planning meeting with the staff of Flint-Gloves Baptist Church, two simple and straightforward questions were posed that would radically change our church:

1. Are we being good stewards of all that God has entrusted to us?

2. Has God given us resources that we could better leverage for the body of Christ?

That meeting sparked many discussions, realizations and conclusions. One of which was that we are a part of a kingdom-minded church that has plenty of space to spread the gospel. We began to pray and trust God to use our church to reach His kingdom, however He saw fit. Little did we know that God was about to do something new.

Six months later, William Ortega, senior Hispanic church planting consultant with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, introduced us to Jose and Angela Hernandez — suddenly God’s plan became clear. God was calling Flint-Groves to plant a church within a church. With the full support of Flint-Groves, Pastor Jose along with his family launched Iglesias de Gastonia. Launching this new church plant within our church allowed us to use our building to reach more people, take fulfilling steps of faith and be a part of taking the gospel to all nations — all by simply opening up our door.

Though Iglesias de Gastonia and Flint-Groves are two separate churches, we use everything that God has given to function as one church to reach all families throughout the community with the gospel. It all started with one church opening our hands and saying, “Lord, all of this belongs to You, use it as You please.”

Since the churches started operating in one building, things have become much busier. The lights are on all the time, people are constantly meeting and the churches collide daily. Even so, we wouldn’t change a thing.

Flint Groves is now reaching the nations from home. We’ve found that the body of Christ is very diverse, and seeing that diversity sprout in the church walls of Flint-Groves is a beautiful picture of the gospel. God has opened our eyes to discover the blessings of leveraging everything we have to reach our community — especially those who are different from us.

Are you being a good steward of all that God has entrusted to you? Has God given you resources that you could better leverage for the body of Christ? Every church can ask these life-changing questions and be obedient to what God asks.

Let’s all be a vessel that God can use to change our cities.


by Ronnie Bowers 
/  Senior Pastor  /  Flint-Groves Baptist Church

EC names Register to new post, hears COVID-19 updates

Chuck Register, executive leader for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s (BSCNC) Church Planting and Missions Partnerships group for the past 11 years, was named the BSCNC’s associate executive-director treasurer on Tuesday, April 7, by a vote of the state...

Spreading the gospel across cultural boundaries

If you’re familiar with North Carolina’s pockets of lostness, you probably think of circles on a map. However, if you get out and drive through one of these pockets, you’ll quickly discover that each one is made up of different groups of people. Discovering these groups is...

3 ways to engage the older generation in ministry

One of the greatest pleasures that I have as a pastor is leading our older saints in accomplishing the mission of the church. It is often assumed that older saints are past their prime and that they do not have much to offer. However, this is simply not true. There may be limits...

Pastors, come away and rest awhile

You might think it would be easier for pastors to find time for rest and replenishment during a stay-at-home order. Think again. New realities brought about by the coronavirus have created new and different challenges for life and ministry. Plus, it’s hard to shake the cultural...

4 ways to be a good neighbor

A few years ago, my family moved into a suburban neighborhood in central North Carolina. We loved the tree-lined streets, the warmth of the old homes and the idea that our kids would grow up in a picturesque neighborhood. However, the real reason we moved to our neighborhood was...

Help for churches navigating the CARES Act

To North Carolina Baptist churches seeking to apply for loans under the Paycheck Protection Program provided by the CARES Act of 2020: We know that these have been strange days for those of us engaged in ministry through the local church. We understand that the amount of...

God is moving in the midst of crisis

Throughout the centuries, the church of our Lord Jesus Christ has flourished despite challenge, opposition and persecution. We see this in the biblical accounts of the early church in the Book of Acts. Whenever followers of Christ were persecuted and scattered, the church grew....

Preaching, outreach & communion when churches can’t meet

“Five for Your Friday” is a recurring roundup of articles, videos, resources and more from around the web. Content included here is based on suggestions, input and feedback from Baptist State Convention of North Carolina staff, and it is intended to equip, encourage and challenge...

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

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

Stay connected by signing up for our monthly newsletter and events email.

Select Language ^

Share This

Share this with your friends!