Is your church or association prayerfully considering a new mission partnership, or desiring to begin one for the first time? If so, the KBC has a wealth of requests for mission partnerships that may be just right for your group. But how does one go about choosing a mission partnership and what does that partnership look like? Let me suggest some mission partnership considerations.
First, what does a mission partnership look like? Mission partnership nuts and bolts are rather simple. We suggest that mission partnerships be long-term (3-5 years). Relationships take time. Further, if possible, send multiple teams a year. For instance, instead of sending a team of twenty, send four teams of five throughout the year. Still yet, make sure that the partnership is gospel-centered. This may seem obvious, but there are times when doing acts of mercy, for example, end simply with giving out food or constructing buildings. While these are great ways to demonstrate love, the gospel is what changes lives. In addition, intentional mission partnerships allow the local church/ministry/missionary to determine the needs. Mission teams submit to the needs expressed from the field, which leads to the last nut and bolt of partnerships. Be a servant.
Now, what about deciding on a partnership? Prayer is essential. Along with prayer, the best way to decide on a partnership is through experience. Vision tours are a tremendous way to experience (touch, taste, hear, see, etc.) areas in need of gospel impact. We have four such vision tours planned in the coming months. Perhaps you would join us in experiencing the lostness of certain areas in our country and world in order to see if God is leading your church or association to partner for Kingdom advancement.
Our Cincinnati Vision Tour is September 28-29, 2015. Join us in this NAMB strategy to reach the greater Cincinnati area with the gospel. We will meet with church planters and experience the tastes and sights of this river city. For more information or to register visit: www.kybaptist.org/cincy.
Salt Lake City is in great need of gospel partnerships. Our NAMB church planters there are asking for your help. This vision tour is scheduled for November 2-4, 2015. Come and see how your church or association can partner with church planters in Salt Lake City to push back the darkness through the light of Jesus.
São Paulo, Brazil is one of the largest cities in the world with over 20 million residents. The opportunities for gospel engagement are almost limitless. January 31-February 6, 2016, we will venture through this city with IMB missionaries and former KBC leaders, Scott and Joyce Pittman.
Europe sits in darkness and is in need of Kentucky Baptist partners to come alongside of IMB personnel to have gospel impact. Of the 800 million people in Europe, missiologists tell us that 99% are lost without Jesus. Within Europe, France is a country where many do not even believe that God exists. We need churches and associations that will take the gospel back to the place that once flourished with the gospel. April 5-16, 2016, we will explore gospel partnerships in this European region.
These four vision tours allow you and your group to seek God’s guidance as you prayerfully discern where He is leading you to partner for Kingdom impact. For the Cincinnati tour, see the web link above. If you are interested in Salt Lake City, Brazil, or France, please contact Doug Williams, 502-489-3420 or [email protected], for more details. For more partnership opportunities, visit our web at www.kybaptist.org/go. Search by length, location, or project. Indeed, mission partnership opportunities abound!