Dear Church Family,
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. God is continuing to move in these difficult times as we enter another year of Kingdom work.
Our Bold Going Jail ministry had a record year in 2014. One-hundred and twenty male inmates and nearly twenty female inmates were saved and/or rededicated their lives to Christ this past December. Thank you to all who gave to these “hearts behind bars.”
We still have room for more high school and college students to go to Romania this summer but you must let us know as soon as possible if you are interested. We will be returning to Romania to continue the work we started in 2014. We will share the Gospel with children through day camps, VBS and more in order to reach the Roma people. For more information, please visit iwc.bradleybaptist.org. A $150 deposit required.
We will also be doing a Washington DC mission trip during spring break week this year, March 21-28, 2015. Participants will serve alongside our SBC Church Planters in reaching DC through servant evangelism projects, community service projects, outreach to children, and construction work. The tentative cost is $150 per person. We will be lodging with an area church and/or ministry center. For more info, contact the association or visit dc.bradleybaptist.org.
On September 24th-26th and December 3rd-5th 2014, I and other church leaders took part in a Metro DC Vision Tour with the goal of forming new partnerships with church planters in the Washington, DC area. DC is considered one of the most globally diverse cities in the world and its spiritual needs are great. We met some really fine young church planters that have a tremendous passion for reaching DC for Christ. Our ministry team felt drawn to come alongside the work of two of these church planters – Pastor Zack Bekele of the Gilgal Ethiopian Church and Pastor Zack Randles of the Waterfront Church. This will give our BBA Pastors and Churches exposure to two different types of church plants to provide prayer support, provisional support and people support. For more information, please contact me or Randy Bonner at the association.
We are continuing our focus on church revitalization with more Thrive Summits. These summits are conducted with a church dream team, coaching church leaders, and participating church members in a self-analysis process. The process will enable a church to break out of a static, fixed routine. The goal is that each church will move from a membership that has reached a plateau or is declining, to one that is growing and is supporting the multiplication of Acts 1:8 churches demonstrated by baptisms, attendance, mission activity and more. Michigan Ave and Hopewell have completed Thrive Summits for their church and a future one is planned for West Cleveland. Pastors, if you are interested in hosting a Thrive Summit, please contact me.
On March 7th, 2015, there will be a Disaster Relief training opportunity at Westwood Baptist Church. For more info or to pre-register contact the association or email email@example.com. The cost is $36 which covers the registration cost for three years, new photo ID badge, and background check. It also covers the cost of future specialized training courses. There is no cost for any training courses if your ID badge is still current.
Thank you for our partnership and doing your part in Kingdom work.