By Carl Nichols
In January, when our team (myself, Brandon Petty, and Vince Daniel) was appointed to help navigate the future of National Missions, it was obvious that we needed a clear direction for the next few years. Before developing any plan or outlining any goals publicly, we had to look hard at the state of affairs in National Missions. With this in mind we began to develop, and are still developing, healthy systems that enable us to plant churches better and faster. We also paid off a loan against some endowments almost two years ahead of schedule. We are now in a more stable place than we have been in the six years I have been involved in the movement.
At this point, the question became: “What are legitimate goals that stretch us to work hard and trust God?” It was in answer to this question that the Go Project was birthed. The Go Project is a five year initiative that officially begins in 2015 to launch 15 healthy churches in the next five years. We recently hosted our first assessment and will share details of our first Go Project plant in Bonita Springs, FL in the very near future.
I shared some numbers at Summit this year and wanted to take a moment to share once again. Take a look at the five year impact of the Go Project on our General Baptist Movement.
If we take the average attendance, salvations, baptisms, and Unified Giving numbers of our five most recent church plants, and spread them over 15 more new churches in the next five years:
- 8,922 more people will be attending worship services in a General Baptist church
- 6,278 more people will receive Christ
- 2,688 more people will be baptized
- $278,400 more a year to Unified Giving
This is so exciting for the Kingdom of God and the future of our movement. We take our call to serve General Baptists seriously, and we believe if we can make this happen, we can help be a catalyst for the greatest days of our movement in the years to come. If you know someone who would be interested in planting a church, our next assessment will be held in the spring of 2015 in the Atlanta area.
On behalf of the National Missions Advisory Team, it has been a great experience working alongside our Executive Director, and I believe the best days of our movement are yet to come.
A special offering will be received October 26th in our General Baptist churches. If you would like to give on National Mission Sunday, your support will help fund the Go Project. You can give online at www.generalbaptist.com, by phone at 573-785-7746, or by mail at 100 Stinson Drive Poplar Bluff, MO 63901. Be sure to designate your gift to the Go Project.