Peachtree’s missions mindset pushes CP
    August 17 2011 by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications

    MURPHY — It would surprise some people how Peachtree Memorial Baptist Church is part of a worldwide missions program.

    After all, the church’s modern building with a steep-sloped roof sits alongside Highway 141 several miles out of Murphy, in the community of Peachtree, surrounded by the mountains and rolling hills of Cherokee County.

    This is the far west of our state. From Peachtree Memorial, it’s three times as far to Raleigh as it is to Atlanta, Ga., or Knoxville, Tenn.

    BSC photo by Mike Creswell

    Pastor Chester Jones has led his Murphy congregation to give 10 percent of its offerings to the Cooperative Program.

    But with missions eyes, Peachtree Memorial’s 500 members can see far beyond the local mountains to places like eastern North Carolina, New York City, China and Argentina.

    It is a vision for missions and a sensitivity to missions, that drive the church’s giving, not just tradition, says Pastor Chester Jones.

    However, missions does have a long tradition in Cherokee County, he pointed out.

    He recalled how Baptist ministers Evan Jones and Hymphrey Posey ministered to the Cherokees in the early 1800s through a mission school. Jones translated the New Testament into the Cherokee language.

    “We’re a missions-oriented group of believers. Our people have been faithful. We have believed that we can do more together than any of us can do individually. We feel like we cover a broader spectrum of dollars through the Cooperative Program than any other source or means,” Jones said.

    “Consistently, this has been a missions-minded church for many, many years and our goal for the past 10 years has been to give through the Cooperative Program 10 percent of our offering plate dollar and we’ve done that almost every year. Two years we gave 12 percent,” he added.

    One recent year the members felt they had to address a local situation that called for money, but the next year they moved back to 10 percent of their budget for the Cooperative Program.

    “We do believe in the Cooperative Program,” Jones said.

    Through their Cooperative Program giving, the church supports a wide range of ministries across North Carolina, that includes starting 125 new churches in 2010; the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina; Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute; a youth program that reached more than 7,000 young people this year; evangelism and church growth ministry, prayer ministry, women’s ministry, partnership missions and many kinds of pastor and church staff support; plus helping send missionaries across North America and around the world, and furthering education at six Southern Baptist seminaries including Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest.
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