Missions

“As the Father has sent me, I am sending you”
Church Missions Team

¨ Assist churches in identifying and developing mission opportunities and partnerships.  

¨ Assist churches in providing training and education with a missional focus.

¨ Assist churches in identifying and meeting the needs of underserved communities across Knox County.

¨ Assist churches in identifying and developing mission opportunities for language and ethnic communities.

Mission Team Leaders:
Luckey Steele, Pastor of City View Baptist Church
Tim Hopkins, Missions Pastor of Beaver Dam Baptist Church

STRATEGIC NAMB-IMB MISSIONS PARTNERSHIPS:
New York, New York
Cleveland, Ohio
Northern Italy

Wherever God’s mission takes you, the KCAB Mission Team can assist

Be the Missionary:  Training teams in the basic missionary principles used to engage people groups
The Trip of Your Lifetime:  Sharing the best practices of taking a mission trip from your neighborhood to the nations
The World Around You:  Assisting in identifying and engaging ethnic communities right here at home
Whatever You Do:  Learning to identify and engage underserved communities with the whole Gospel
Better Together:  Building and developing partnership opportunities for mission
Ekklesia-Missio Dei–The Church on God’s Mission:  Moving from a maintenance mindset to a missional movement

Church Assistance

The KCAB Church Assistance and Relations Team has developed intentional strategies to help build a strong network of vibrant churches on God’s mission:

  • Assist churches through Learning Communities, Coaching, and Contextualized Training Assistance
  • Assist churches in developing partnerships that address specific needs as well as partnerships that assist in church revitalization
  • Assist in nurturing Pastor Relationships
  • Assist in identifying and providing resources for practical needs related to various church functions and operation

Team Leader:  Travis Henderson, Pastor of Glenwood Baptist Church

 

Church Revitalization–Church Assistance

According to Thom Rainer, 90% of churches are either in decline or growing at a pace slower than their community.  In the midst of this extreme challenge lies a great opportunity. Ed Stetzer point out that Church revitalization is an opportunity to lead God’s people to a renewed focus on God’s mission. Such an endeavor will undoubtedly change lives, communities, and have a gospel impact on generations to come. Among the many models of church revitalization, three typically stand out as the most common:

Merger or Acquisitional Revitalization: This approach is both radical and largely successful. Another church merges with or acquires the existing church in need of revitalization. Sometimes the doors of the existing church are closed for a season. The church then reopens, possibly with a new name, but definitely with new leaders.

Partnership Revitalization: This approach is when a church comes alongside the church in need of revitalization. The partnership may include shared leadership, finances, training, mentoring, and other resources that help bring about the necessary changes for revitalization.

Covenantal Revitalization: In this approach, the existing church, led by an objective person (often an outsider), agrees to make some significant changes. The leadership and the congregation agree to a process of examining Scripture, spiritual renewal, studying the congregation and the community, and developing a strategy that moves the church toward revitalization.

The Church Assistance Team is ready to assist churches in discovering the revitalization approach that is best for their context and situation. Give us a call and let’s see how a specific approach to revitalization might be the catalyst for your church to be on God’s mission!

Church Planting

Church Multiplication Team

¨ Assist in assessing the need for new church starts and missional communities in Knox County;

¨ Assist in assessing, preparing, and coaching church leaders for new churches and missional communities in Knox County;

¨ Assist in assessing, preparing, and coaching planters from Knox County churches to start new churches in areas of need across North America;

¨ Assist in identifying and developing opportunities for language and ethnic churches to connect with the Knox County network of Baptists

Team Leader:  Jason Hayes, Pastor of Shoreline Church

 

KCAB Multiplication Team – New Church Assimilation Plan for Membership

First Benchmark – Take time with the new churches to explain a big picture overview of the SBC, TBC, and KCAB. Included with this would be a doctrinal overview of the KCAB doctrinal statement as well as the new church’s doctrinal statement. The Multiplication Team will be tasked to ensure that the KCAB constitution is upheld, which states that there is harmony between the church’s doctrinal statement and the Baptist Faith and Message, as well as ensuring that there are no concerns from the new church in regards to the KCAB doctrinal statement. Once the new church and the Multiplication Team both feel like there is doctrinal harmony between the two and a mutual desire to continue toward partnership, the second benchmark will be pursued.

Second Benchmark – The point of this benchmark is to raise awareness of KCAB ministries, with the ultimate goal of helping the new church partner with KCAB in areas of mission and ministry that align with the new church’s calling and gifting. To assist with this, a vision trip to KCAB ministries will make up the second benchmark. This could include Montgomery Village, Western Heights, BCM, Camp BaYoCa, church plants, revitalized churches, Project Knox opportunities, or other missions and ministry initiatives of KCAB. This would also be an opportunity to invite current KCAB pastors from churches that are not as active in partnering with the Association.

Third Benchmark – Having been exposed to the ministry and missions opportunities KCAB is involved with, the goal of this benchmark is to help the new church get involved. This would be best served as a one-on-one discussion with the pastor and/or church leadership to discover the church’s passions, gifting, calling, and desires. What is the church already doing that aligns with the network of churches in the Association? How can other churches help them? How can they help other churches? What ministries could benefit from their partnership, and how could their church benefit from the ministry partnerships? Additionally, opportunities for the new church and pastor to be involved in meetings, team membership, planning Association events and initiatives, etc. will be shared. The goal of this session is to establish a partnership revolving around mission and ministry rather than just financial support.

Fourth Benchmark – Having identified doctrinal harmony and shared mission, the final benchmark is to establish financial partnership. The new church will indicate a level of intended financial support on a consistent basis to KCAB as a response to their desire and calling to be partnered with this network in reaching Knox County for Christ.

The goal of these benchmarks is to establish a process that does not revolve around a timeline. In some instances it make take weeks or months to accomplish a certain benchmark depending on the dynamics of the church being considered. In other instances, the benchmarks may progress far quicker or in multiples. For example, a church may indicate in one setting how they want to be involved on a missional level and what their financial partnership will be. However, the benchmarks are laid out in this way to provide clear markers for when a church should be presented for membership. It also provides clear points to evaluate along the way for both the new church and the Association if the watchcare portion of this process is to be continued. However, it is the recommendation of this team that the term be altered – even if not in the constitution, but in only day-to-day business – to be more relevant to our current process and intentions.