GC office hopes churches work together
    November 17 2010 by BR staff

    Pastors serving on the frontlines need help from North Carolina Baptists.

    “We are plan A and there is no plan B,” said Mike Sowers, senior consultant in the Baptist State Convention’s (BSC) Office of Great Commission Partnerships (GCP).

    Sowers shared an update Nov. 9 with BSC messengers to the annual meeting.

    There are 6.2 billion people in the world without a personal relationship with Christ. North Carolina measures 5.6 million lost.

    Sowers credited each person with the problem. The GCP office works with Metro New York Baptist Association (MNYBA), Boston, Toronto, and starting in 2011, Moldova. N.C. Baptist leaders trekked to New York earlier this year to begin to cast a vision for the partnership between BSC and MNYBA.

    More than 400 volunteers have gone to help existing ministries and to develop technological resources. Proceeds from the sale of Ethnicity, a book published in New York, will go towards church planting in New York. The book profiles 82 of New York’s most unreached people groups. In North America, there are 258 million lost people.

    Sowers said that in Boston there are 4.5 million residents and less than 2.5 percent know Jesus as Savior. North Carolina plans to strengthen its ability to train, send and support missionaries here and in each of its partnership areas. Focusing on metro Toronto narrows the partnership with Canada quite considerably. But Sowers said this will allow workers to focus on a target area.

    To help churches, Sowers said the office is developing global impact networks. “For many small churches they can’t do this alone,” Sowers said.

    Another key is “equipping our young leaders,” he said. “The eternity of 6.2 billion people is at stake.”
    11/17/2010 5:39:00 AM by BR staff | with 0 comments

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