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1 Mission Possible Pray for SC

2 Mark 10:27, KJV And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

3 4 Focus Areas: 1. Multi-Ethnic Work English as a Second Language (ESL) 2. Church Planting New Church Plants in our state 3. A Witness to the World Church Planting Support in Atlanta 4. Collegiate Ministry Semester Missions at SC Colleges/Universities

4 Join with SC missionaries & Christians who support them to: Pray for the heart of God, Answer the call of God, Respond in obedience to His commands, equipped through His power to Make His Mission Possible.

5 Stop to consider: What would seem to make our mission impossible?

6 The face of MI in SC: What would seem to make our mission impossible ( MI )? Some responses may be: Limited volunteers & resources Size of our church Christian apathy Vast lostness

7 The face of MI in SC: How vast is the lostness? US = 3 rd largest mission field next to China & India As much as 70% of SC population does not know Jesus Christ as Savior. An estimated 60% of adults who join new congregations were not active in church membership before joining.

8 Stop to consider: How does the fact that God is our Enabler make our Mission Possible?

9 Stop to consider: Listen to what the Holy Spirit may be speaking to your heart concerning these missions efforts.

10 Aspects of Your Mission : Give To Pray For Learn More About Participate In Be An Encourager For SC Baptist Missions Opportunities

11 Consider the people God loves.

12 Multi-Ethnic Work - ESL: Try to unscramble it. The Goal To nitoientlanyl esrha & medsnaortet the spegol of sejus Ctisrh as we pehl epleop naler to pekas gsnileh. How did it feel to try to read it?

13 Multi-Ethnic Work - ESL: The Goal To intentionally share & demonstrate the gospel of Jesus Christ as we help people learn to speak English. 1. Providing Relationships and Emotional Support 2. Providing Language Skills for Employment

14 ESL: Providing Relationships & Emotional Support From This onon-english speaking oisolation & loneliness olimited/no Opportunities to Practice English ono gospel exposure To That! Better English skills Special connections with Christians & others Weekly sessions to speak English and meet friends Hearing the gospel & the choice to respond to God s offer of salvation.

15 ESL: Providing Language Skills for Employment In 1 minute list as many words or short phrases related to a job search as you can.

16 ESL: Providing Language Skills for Employment Job Search Words examples: Application/ references/ availability/ educational history/ work history/ strengths/ weaknesses/ career goals/ contact information/ cover letter/ resume/ interview/ network/ transportation/ Now, imagine how hard it would be if they were in a different language within a new cultural context. Discuss.

17 Multi-Ethnic Work - ESL: Prayer Points 1. Pray local churches will inspire & train members to teach English to non-english speaking people in their community. 2. Pray local churches will find ways to share God s love with multi-ethnic neighbors. 3. Pray that ESL students will be successful in their endeavor to learn English & be patient with the process.

18 Church Planting in our State: Church Planting Movement A definition The extraordinary movement of God s Spirit resulting in numerous healthy, new congregations and stronger existing congregations. What key words do you notice?

19 WHO are we NOT reaching?

20 Church Planting in our State: The key question - Who are we not reaching? The answers help dictate 1. New church strategy 2. Methods to be used 3. Primary target groups

21 Church Planting in our State: Two recent plants: 1. Legacy Church Myrtle Beach 2. Kaleidoscope Multi-Ethnic Fellowship - Spartanburg

22 Legacy Church Myrtle Beach Palmetto Shores Church, April 2007 Pastor Ronny Byrd Based on belief in the Great Commandment (Matt 22:36-40) & the Great Commission (Matt 28:18-20). Palmetto Shores planted a church in their own backyard, Legacy Church, in March 2008 to reach different groups of people. They provided the pastor, John Rea, out of their Church & paid his first year s salary. The youth group has grown from four to each week. They are actively engaged in the community & ministry activities of Legacy Church.

23 Kaleidoscope Multi-Ethnic Fellowship Spartanburg A church that strives to more faithfully represent the diverse heart of God & the colorful display of all the people groups He loves.

24 Kaleidoscope Multi-Ethnic Church Planting in our State: Fellowship Spartanburg The vision: A church full of people so amazed by the grace of God, so humbled by the reality of the cross that their only reasonable response is to offer themselves as living sacrifices to God a church that gathers to passionately celebrate what God has done in Christ and that scatters to give their lives away in the name of Christ. (Ro. 12:1 NIV)

25 Church Planting in our State: Prayer Points Pray 1. That church planters will be prepared for the hard work of relationships. 2. That church planters will learn to accept the pain of rejection. 3. For growing hearts in individual Christians for reaching out & serving in new church plants. 4. For financial provisions to continue & expand the church planting effort. 5. For Christians to more faithfully represent the diverse heart of God.

26 Witness to the World: Urban Atlanta Church Planting Partnership A cooperative effort to penetrate urban lostness Inside The Perimeter (ITP) of Atlanta by intentionally planting congregations among the diverse population living in 1. Apartments 2. Condos & 3. Single family housing communities

27 Witness to the World: Urban Atlanta Church Planting Partnership Why Atlanta? Est. Population = 878,000 Projected by 2014 = 951,000

28 Urban Atlanta About ½ live in rented housing 95% of those do not attend church Fastest growing demographic: singles & single parents Median age 36.1 years Almost ½ have a college degree or higher education

29 Urban Atlanta: How is the church? Many Baptist churches in the perimeter are dying, declining, or just holding their own s There were 166 Southern Baptist congregations. Today only 39 still exist; over 76% gone! Population has grown 24% & includes people from 70 countries.

30 Urban Atlanta: How is SC helping? Victor Baptist Church, Greer Helping Midtown Church, a restart. Adult work crews & youth mission teams did various community projects & yard work. God answered prayers! What could YOU do? neighborhood surveying or help with other work projects to increase community appreciation of the church s presence.

31 Urban Atlanta: How is SC helping? Lee Road Baptist Church, Taylors Helping Woodland Hills, 2008 restart. Mission team held VBS, did outreach & community canvas; served 500 sandwiches at apartment complexes & provided transportation to VBS. Also painted at the church. What could YOU do? Come alongside Pastor Rusty Couch. The church needs committed workers, finances, & open doors in the community. Come help them reach the world in Atlanta!

32 Reaching them where they are.

33 Witness to the World: Urban Atlanta Church Planting Partnership Prayer Points Pray That Southern Baptist churches will commit to pray on a daily basis for the lost & unchurched people Inside The Perimeter (ITP). That church planters & church members will engage unreached people in small groups. That the Good News & the truth of Scripture will be sown in every way possible. For harvesting to take place because of the evangelistic strategies being pursued by the Urban Atlanta Church Planting effort.

34 Collegiate Semester Missions: Partnership between NAMB & the South Carolina Baptist Convention Provide Semester Missionaries - 1) Focus on relationships. 2) Work with Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) on college campuses or with SC Baptist Convention church plants. 3) Perform duties that include: leading Bible studies & Discipleship efforts, planning & coordinating worship music; guiding evangelism/outreach efforts, and helping with mission trips.

35 Collegiate Semester Missions: Charleston Baptist Collegiate Ministry - Peter Hyatt, Baptist Collegiate Minister Featured Semester Missionaries: Don Squires & Sarah Andrews

36 Collegiate Semester Missions: Renewal Church, Greenville Matt Rogers, Supervisor Featured Semester Missionary: Hugh Carson

37 Collegiate Semester Missions: Clemson University Baptist Collegiate Ministry Featured Semester Missionaries: Katelyn Cooper & Jeremy Walters

38 Collegiate Semester Missions: Prayer Points Pray That semester missionaries will grow beyond just hanging out with students and keep in mind that the purpose of the effort is to love, serve & disciple them. That students will find time during the busyness of college life to spend quality time in Bible study, prayer, and service to others. That the Good News & the truth of Scripture will be sown in every way possible. That semester missionaries will recognize God s vision for their life s work.

39 Stop to consider: What is the Holy Spirit speaking to your heart concerning these missions efforts?

40 Mission Possible Pray for SC

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