Church Planting Priority Team
PBA CHURCH PLANTING PRIORITY TEAM REPORT 2016
Healthy local churches reproducing themselves into other healthy local churches. This is our vision as a church planting team. We exist to help promote and to assist local churches in planting other healthy, vibrant reproducing churches. We do not exist as a team to plant churches; rather we are a team committed to come alongside churches in our association who share a common vision to plant other local churches.
Summaries of PBA Church Plants supported by the PBA:
FAITH TEMPLE BAPTIST CHURCH:
All Praises to our Lord and Savior Jesus, Faith Temple Baptist Church has experienced great progress through its Faithful and Loving Members, who love the Lord and our Church.
1. Faith Temple ordained its first Deacon,
2. Appointed its first Minister,
3. Baptized several members and performed several other official ceremonies, to include marriages and baby dedications,
4. The Faith Temple Baptist Church Music Ministry is flourishing, In conjunction with our Spirit-filled Gospel Choir we:
odevelopment of the Youth Choir
odeveloped an outstanding Men’s Choir,
5. Much work is underway to develop the Faith Temple Youth and Young Adults Program. Spiritual services have been held to uplift the name of Jesus,
6. Faith Temple also recognized its youth’s achievements during the school year,
7. The Faith Temple Homeless Ministry has vigorously grown. Our regular visitations, and distributions of food and clothing have shown to be greatly appreciated by the homeless. Plans are in progress to increase the visitations from more than once a month and to increase clothing distribution,
8. The church has seen a great upgrade in its facility and our technical capability has grown tremendously. Faith Temple is working to increase its outreach via internet broadcasting to reach more people in need, and
9. The Lord has directed Pastor Simmons to increase Faith Temple’s community outreach, and to get out beyond our walls. Part of this outreach includes reaching out to residents of the LaPlata neighborhoods and enlarging the church building. Prayerfully, plans are being developed to build a new facility here on our La Plata Campus and begin “Operation 100” where we expect to serve 100 more members and friends.
GRAFFITI CHURCH IN BALTIMORE:
Greetings PBA Partner. It is our great joy to share some highlights with you of this year’s ministry. 2016 has been a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows. God continues to shower us with his grace. Following are some of this year’s God stories.
• February 2016: EBGC held its very first baptism service. Shane Reynolds and Divinity Warrington surrendered their lives to Christ and were baptized. The service was held at The Village Church.
• February and March two missions’ teams served with us in the community. Westridge Church student team sponsored and served a Bus Stop Outreach with us at Greenmount and North Avenues.
• February 2016 we launched our GROCK after school ministry in cooperation with Baltimore City Parks & Recreation. We currently have eight middle school students enrolled and seven tutors primarily from Towson University.
• March 2016 – The BCM (Baptist Collegiate Ministry from Georgia State College spent a week with us serving students and our community.
• Easter 2016 – We held our second annual Easter Children’s Festival in MUND Park. Many children and students prayed to become followers of Jesus during our Easter Story presentations.
• June 2016 – We rented our first public space on Greenount Avenue.
• June 2016 – We began five weeks of Graffiti Sports Camps. We were blessed to have two full-time interns from local churches through grants from the BCMD and the BBA.
• June-July – During sports camps our local church partners sponsored six GROCK summer interns who were local students in our community who served as assistant coaches during camp as part of their summer discipleship. Following camp each day the students did a wrap up with pastors and leaders as part of their spiritual growth. Each student intern was paid $50 a week if they came to camp each day on time ready to work.
• June-July – NINE mission teams came to East Baltimore to this summer to serve with us during camp.
• June-July- Over seventy children and adults made professions of faith during the summer sports camps.
• June-July- As a Baltimore City Summer Food Program Partner Graffiti Church served over 3250 meals to hungry children during sports camps.
• August- Through a special gift from a family at Dunkirk Baptist Church we were able to take a family of six children whose mother died last year and our GROCK interns on a special trip to Hershey Park.
• August – sent Julius Galloway (one of our teenagers) to North Carolina to spend a week with our partner =church Glenn View Baptist church in Winston Salem NC.
• August – We held our second Annual Back to School Supplies Sale and “Greet the Teachers “events to encourage and deepen our relationships with Cecil Elementary School in our community.
• September –GROCK after school ministry is back in session Monday through Thursday from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. Students are tutored and do homework, do Bible Study, and have fun in as safe environment.
• October – Launched Graffiti kids for elementary students on Monday nights at 6pm.
• October – launched “Life’s Healing Choices” as a precursor to launching a Celebrate Recovery group in our community.
• October – we are preparing for our second annual fall festival on Saturday October 29, at 3pm in MUND Park.
• January – December – We continue to share the Gospel, pass out Bibles, and feed hungry people at our monthly Bus Stop Outreaches at Greenmount and North Avenues.
• Please pray for us. We have a special zoning board variance hearing at City Hall Tuesday October 18, at 1pm. We need a favorable response from the board in order to launch worship next month in our storefront.
• Please pray that God will bring people from our community to serve with us and become part of Graffiti Church.
• Please pray for our family.
• Please pray for our college students from Towson that they will join us when we launch worship next month.
NEW CREATION BIBLE CHURCH: This is a summary of some of the work which New Creation Bible Church (NCBC) is doing in the Prince Frederick area:
• Meeting at the Holiday Inn Express-Prince Frederick – 355 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick, MD.
• Avg. 20-25 for weekly Worship services at 11:00am.
• Avg. 3 youth for the weekly Sunday School Class 9:30am.
• Avg. 10 adults for the weekly Sunday School Class.
• Avg. 13-15 for the weekly Bible study, held at the Holiday Inn on Friday evenings at 7:30pm.
• Currently go out and evangelize in the Prince Frederick communities on the first Saturday of each month. We have also trained all NCBC members in everyday evangelism using EV2 from Evangelism Explosion International.
• Host a quarterly Youth Fellowship which averages 30-70 people from the community.
• Their goal is to make disciples that make other disciples.
• In addition to being focused on out-reach to those who are not saved, we preach and teach the Word of God Expository.
• Currently have the following small groups which meet on Sunday following the morning Worship service: 2nd Sunday Marriage Builders, 3rd Sunday Titus II Women Ministry, 4th Sunday Mighty Men of Valor Ministry.
• Currently are having prayer conference calls – the men pray on Tuesday and the women on Wednesday.
• Continue to work with other organizations such as BCMD in distributing 28 health kits.
Operation Christmas Child with 100 shoe boxes.
• Ministered to the Prince Frederick Fire Department by delivering a large care package filled with snacks for the fire fighters to thank them for what they do and to pray with them.
• Send out 100 new movers cards monthly (to families moving into our area) inviting them to NCBC.
• Hosted a community cook-out on July 3, 2016 at the Holiday Inn.
• Helped coordinate and man the PBA table at the 2016 Calvert County Fair were we also distributed four cases (28 ea.) of NKJV complete Bibles to people attending the fair.
• Have met several benevolent requests in the Prince Frederick area this year.
• When we have the time we take visitor out after service for fellowship.
• As the Lord blesses NCBC, we continue to give to the Cooperative Program, the PBA and other missions work towards the advancement of God’s work here,
The Church Planting Team desires to carry out healthy strategies in planting churches. Our team’s emphasis is on healthy church plants that are planted in such a way that they can thrive and not just struggle as they take roots. The PBA will be the partner, not the planter. The planter will be required to complete a viable assessment process before the PBA will assist in funding/resourcing the new work.
During the past year, our team has developed policies and procedures related to affiliation of new churches to the PBA (to be included in the Operations Manual), and policies related to sponsoring churches of new works (to be included in the Operations Manual). Our policy is to also keep the churches of our association informed and involved when planning new works in their nearby communities.
Thank you for your cooperative gifts that it possible for us to come alongside the churches of our association to plant new churches.
Dr. Vic Simpson, Church Planting Team Leader