Sunday, August 31, 2008

Make a Difference through State Missions!

This month marks the launch of our State Missions Emphasis. Each September and October we encourage churches across our state to be in prayer for state missions. Missouri not only a state with a great heritage for mission involvement, but it is also a great mission field. There has never been a time when there were more people in our state who needed to hear the message of Christ than there are today.

The Baptist General Convention of Missouri is committed to the Biblical mandate to share the Gospel with the whole world. Our involvement in the North American Baptist Fellowship and the Baptist World Alliance allows us to partner with our Baptist brothers and sisters around the world to share the Gospel and minister to human needs. But, it is important for us to remember that we live in the midst of mission field right here in Missouri. Sometimes, it is easier to enlist volunteers for a national or international mission trip than it is to involve church members in mission opportunities where they live. State Missions is a way to remind your church family that mission begins at home.

Our State Missions theme for 2008 is Make a Difference! We believe your prayers, gifts and personal involvement will make a difference in the lives of people across our state. Our 2008 BGCM State Missions Offering goal is $30,000. Your Gifts to the Missouri Missions Offering Make a Difference! Gifts to the Missouri Missions Offering will help to provide care for children and for senior adults in our state through the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home and The Baptist Home. Missouri Mission Offering gifts will also provide resources for church planting, mission partnerships, and the drug and alcohol awareness work of the Freeway Foundation. Missions is about Believing, Giving, Caring, and Ministering in the name of Christ.

I hope you will lead your church to promote State Missions this year. Encourage your members to pray for our state and to explore ways they can get involved in missions where they live. I also hope you will promote our Missions Missions Offering. State Missions offering envelopes are available from the convention office by contacting Bettie Jo at bettiejo@baptistgcm.org or 888-420-2426 extension 701. Downloadable posters and bulletin inserts are available on our web site at http://www.baptistgcm.org/. If you need printed copies for your church or would like to a State Missions speaker for your emphasis contact our convention office. Together we can make a difference!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

2009 Holy Land Trip to Israel & Jordan

Three Hill brothers—Jim Hill (BGCM Executive Director), Drew Hill (Pastor of FBC, Sedalia) and Pete Hill (Pastor of FBC, Smithville)—will be leading a trip to Israel and Jordan in 2009. The group will leave on February 14, 2007, for a 11-day trip and return on February 24, 2009. In Israel the tour will visit Caesarea (by the Sea), Haifa, Megiddo, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, take a boat ride to Capernaum, see the Mount of Beatitudes, Church of the five loaves and two fishes, Caesarea Philippi, Jericho, Qumran, the Dead Sea, Masada, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and much more. In Jordan the group will visit Petra, Madaba, Mt. Nebo and Jerash. The tour will be a spiritual pilgrimage and a great time of fellowship. If you are interested in more information visit www.hillbrotherstours.com or contact Jim at jimhill@baptistgcm.org or (573) 659-3838.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Bible Preaching Week at Windermere

We just finished a great Bible Preaching Week at Windermere. BPW has always been a time of preaching, Bible teaching, inspiration, and fellowship. We did not have a large group this year, but the week went very well. Our leadership for the week included Charles Wade (former Executive Director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas), David May (professor from Central Baptist Theological Seminary), Rod Maples (Associate Pastor of Worship at First Baptist Church in Jefferson City), and Kristy McGonegal (a member of First Baptist Church in Jefferson and completing her Master of Divinity degree).

We also had a great group of breakout leaders for the small group conferences. Our theme was Worship: An Encounter with God. The theme for the Bible studies will be Upside Down: Experiencing the Parables of Jesus. It was a good week. I am grateful to be a part of an organization committed to serving pastors and church leaders.