On Thursdays, we introduce to you a church planting effort in North America. For many SEBTS current and previous students, this is their mission field. We regularly keep up with them, receiving their updates and newsletters and we pray for them. So, we want to hand off that blessing to you. This week, I want to share what God has been doing through the Bethel Network.
The Bethel Network is composed of autonomous, local Southern Baptist churches that have a heart to see God’s name glorified through the lost coming to Christ by means of planting new churches. It is through their generosity, love and service that they do what they do. Please pray for the pastors of these churches as they shepherd their flocks.
Network sponsored church plants were blessed May-August 2014 with over 750 missionaries serving from eight states. Folks from these churches gave of their time and resources to conduct Vacation Bible Schools, Back Yard Bible Clubs, sports camps, door-to-door witnessing and light construction. The impact of these teams was both immediate with over 50 professions of faith and long-term lasting community impact and support for the plants. They are storing up treasures in heaven and we thank them!
Please pray for the following:
- Pray for the church planters in this network: Shayne Robinson-Redeemer Church, Waterloo; Kevin Cannon-Perfecting Faith Ministries, Fairview Heights; Jarvis James-The Body of Christ, East St. Louis; Steven Helfrich-The Bridge, Alton; Barnicio Cureton-The Light of Christ, East St. Louis.
- The planning process to receive mission teams in 2015.
- Continuing conversations as we explore the possibilities of partnering with planters.
For more information on the Bethel Network, click here.
Mike is an Assistant Professor of Church Planting and Evangelism, the Associate Director for North American Church Planting for the Center for Great Commission Studies, and a National Missionary of the North American Mission Board (D.Miss., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, M.Div., Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary)