Six Steps Towards Multiplication

Six Steps Towards Multiplication

Apr 25, 2017

Here is a list of the top six steps towards Multiplication to counter the most common pitfalls: 1. Recognize that Multiplication is Part of Health. The reality is that healthy living things multiply for the survival of their species. The lack of multiplication is an indicator of an unhealthy organism. If your denomination or network is healthy, it will have a strong emphasis on multiplication at every level. 2. Have Unity Around the Essentials. Your denomination or network must have a well-defined plan for multiplication that includes (with explicit clarity) the theological, missiological, and ecclesiological expectations for churches within your ranks. 3. Define Cooperation Clearly. Your denomination or network must clearly define cooperation. This step is closely related to the second. Cooperation occurs around a common set of beliefs — a common theological confession that leads to missiological cooperation. 4. Follow and Build the Right Leaders. Church partnerships must follow good leaders and build leaders for the future. Don’t let your leadership choices be accidental; cultivate the kind of leaders that will continue to develop your denominational identity and lead a multiplication movement. 5. Celebrate Multiplication. We celebrate the things that are important to us — and people get that. So, healthy denominations celebrate multiplication. I have said it before, but it bears saying again: What you celebrate, you become. 6. Grieve the Fact that the World is Filled with Lost People. Finally, grieve lostness. It is that simple. Hurt for those who have not been transferred from the domain of darkness into the kingdom of the Son God loves (Col 1:13) *Used with permission from Dr. Ed...

Seventh Day Baptist Churches Challenged to Become Involved in Church Planting

Seventh Day Baptist Churches Challenged to Become Involved in Church Planting

Dec 28, 2015

Seventh Day Baptist Churches Challenged to Become Involved in Church Planting by John J. Pethtel Director of Church Development The Church Planting Task Force (a new subcommittee of the Council on Ministry) recommended a vision to the General Conference to move forward in the work of church planting as well as a challenge to existing SDB churches and their participation in the work of church planting. The delegates at the 2015 General Conference sessions overwhelmingly approved these items and asked that they be communicated to our churches and their members.     Vision for SDB Church Planting The SDB General Conference will mobilize SDB churches and church members to actively advance God’s Kingdom by cooperating together to plant new churches. We will create a movement of member churches and individuals toward this end by challenging them, equipping them, supporting them, and setting them free to pursue God’s leading in this area. Challenge to All SDB Churches We challenge every SDB church and fellowship in the US and Canada to prayerfully seek God’s will in the area of church planting and to obey God’s calling to take a new step of involvement by participating in one or more of the following ways: • Partnering in prayer with an SDB church plant; • Supporting an SDB church plant through finances, lending expertise, or providing manpower; • Sponsoring an SDB church plant, either on its own or in cooperation with other churches. What is the NEXT STEP that your church will take in the work of church planting? If you would like to partner with a church or know what these next steps entail, please contact the Director of Church Development. John Pethtel...

The Full Gospel Seventh Day Baptist Church

The Full Gospel Seventh Day Baptist Church

Feb 25, 2015

Cumberland, Maryland By Pastor Ron Higson           The Full Gospel Seventh Day Baptist Church first met together as a group in January 2007, but the story begins farther back with a seed that lay dormant for many years. As a young married couple, we attended a Seventh Day Adventist church and heard someone mention SDBs, but I didn’t think much about it (the seed was planted). We stopped going to church for a few years and then started attending a Methodist church where we received Christ and became actively involved. A wonderful pastor there encouraged us to become involved in lay speaking. I served as a lay preacher for nearly three years and recognized God’s call on my life to preach. After this, we attended an Assembly of God and then a Baptist church for a while. Looking back, I think all these things helped us grow and prepare for where God was leading. The seed sprouted when God reminded me about the Sabbath and SDBs. I found the denominational website, discovered the Central SDB Church in Maryland, and went to visit. That led us to the closer Bell SDB Church of Salemville, though still too far for weekly attendance. Our grown children and their families moved back to the area and we met for about ten months at home on Sabbaths for Bible study. Twenty-four years after the seed was planted, it bloomed! We met with leaders of Bell Church and received their blessing to become a branch, stepping out in faith to plant a church. God really provided as we found a very nice building at an unbelievably low rent to hold regular worship services (January 2007). Our second location was a church for the same rent. After four years we longed to have our own place where we could meet beyond Sabbath mornings. God led us to our current church, which we were able to buy, where we have been meeting for over three years.     Though it may sound like everything went smoothly, it really didn’t. With each move we explored new locations and the doors kept closing. Then we would wonder if we really heard...

Spotlight on Church Planting

Spotlight on Church Planting

Jan 22, 2015

Spotlight on Church Planting — Pastor Charles R. Meathrell Lexington, SC                 There is a fear that we won’t grow. It is often in the back of my mind. It is ever before me as I preach each and every Sabbath. I look into the seats and see the same few people (I love each and every one of them) and worry that maybe I might have been wrong about this; maybe there was not supposed to be a church here. Maybe I misread everything. When my wife, Jessica, and I came to the conclusion that we would need to move to the Deep South to complete my seminary education, we did so with a great deal of trepidation. I remember saying those words from the pulpit at Middle Island, where I had been filling the pulpit for three years: “We are moving to South Carolina.” It was an utterance that came with a fear that there would be no one to serve those precious people — and how silly that was! To think that God would call me away but not continue to take care of them was ridiculous; I am hardly His only resource and Pastor Scott Smith would come to be the pastor in that church. (Thank God for him!) The fact is that God had called us away to do a great deal of work and have a new adventure. I knew from the moment that decision was made that we were to plant an SDB Church in the Columbia area, and after more than three years of waiting and praying, Jacob’s Well Church was born in the Columbia-adjacent town of Lexington — and trust me when I say that it was God’s timing. We needed to meet and come to love the Catoes and others. We needed the encouragement and training that the time in Columbia would give us. I needed to finish Seminary.       During that time, I attended and completed my school-required internship at Park Street Baptist Church in downtown Columbia. It was an old church in decline and it had more than it’s share of problems. Though...