Church Planting Priority Team
Church Planting Team Report 2018
The PBA Church Planting Team has continued to support New Creation Bible Church. We enlisted the help of The Leavell Center at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary to gather demographic studies.
Our team also enlisted the same kind of demographic help for St. Leonard Baptist Church this past summer. We assisted St. Leonard in assessing their current decline, their potential readiness to call a new pastor and future plans. In an effort to rebuild the work and engage their community St. Leonard Baptist is now working to grow and reach their community through Recovery Ministry.
In August, Point of Grace Church in Park Hall Maryland applied for affiliation with the Potomac Baptist Association. Point of Grace also desired to affiliate with the Southern Baptist Convention. The Church meets at Park Hall Elementary School, 20343 Hermanville Road in Park Hall MD. The work began in 2012 and now averages 60 in Sunday morning worship attendance, with an annual budget of $55,000.
The church is led by Pastor Arthur Shepherd. His vision for the church is to model Christ in the community and to compassionately invest in the lives of those within the reach of their church. He is a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County and served as the Recreation Division Manager for the St. Mary’s County Recreation and Parks for 33 years. He retired in 2011 yet the County called him in 2017 to serve in the role as Director of the department. He considers being a bi-vocational pastor a privilege to serve both in the community and within the local church. "Partnering with Park Hall Elementary School to enrich the lives of the students and families is a thrill as well." Pastor Shepherd lives in Leonardtown with his wife Linda. They have four adult children and six grandchildren.
Mark Lindgren also serves as Children’s Ministry Leader. He returned to St. Mary’s County in 2018 to join The Point of Grace Church and to work part-time at the King’s Christian Academy in Callaway. Mark received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Cedarville University in 2013 and a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2018.
The Church Planting Team credentialed Point of Grace Church, and recommended their affiliation with the Potomac Baptist Association in the PBA On Mission Council meeting on October 4th at Marbury Baptist Church. In the 2018 PBA Annual Meeting held at Trinity Baptist, Point of Grace Church was voted into membership in the Potomac Baptist Association.
They currently sponsor a Child Evangelism Fellowship Good News Club at Park Hall Elementary and desire to sponsor an additional club. They support Park Hall Elementary in meeting the needs of families in the community and sharing the gospel message of hope and will continue through sports camps, VBS and events.
Point of Grace has committed to participate financially through mission offerings and will support the work of the PBA and SBC. They are committing 3 % of their annual budget to Associational Missions in the PBA. They have also committed a percentage to the Cooperative Program as well as to SBC missions offerings.
Derek Yelton, Church Planting Priority Team Leader