On September 13, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. you are invited to a "Commemorative Celebration" at 2877 Lumpkin Road. We will celebrate the donation of the Glenn Hills Baptist Church to The Augusta Association of Baptist Churches. Our Baptist Association will both honor and recognize former church members and pastors. The Augusta Mission Center at Glenn Hills will be unique to Georgia (a mission center in a transitional neighborhood and the possibility to experience internships and practicum electives). We hope that former pastors, former church members and all transition team members will attend. Several personalities are invited: Dr. Robert White, Executive Director of the Georgia Baptist Convention and his Assistant Executive Director, Robert (Bobby) Boswell and state missionaries Frank Nuckolls, John Bryan, and Larry Wynn, are respectfully involved in "The Augusta Project."
Our unique Combination World Changers and P2 Missions Project was successfully accomplished. We already have been accepted to engage in another Combination World Changers and P2 Missions Project next June. The first year experiencing, the first of its kind, partnership between the Georgia Baptist Convention and our Augusta Association has already produced fruit. The first block party at The Augusta Mission Center at Glenn Hills was conducted by the Cross Cultural Commission which brought several churches and ministries working together.
The vision for: A laboratory for missions in Augusta, Georgia, utilized for training missionaries and ministers to help in reducing "lostness" and assist in church revitalization. The goal is to offer the experience of internships and training practicum that earn seminary or Bible College credits for infield missions and ministry. There is a hope that both a Hispanic Institute and an Urban/Inner City training institute focusing on transitional neighborhoods may be developed.
The Reciprocating Partnership
Our two Baptist Association's (Allegheny and Augusta) ministries are growing and had a great summer working together. In 2013 we had 4 churches and 32 people working together on mission, in 2014 we had 8 churches and approximately 78 people, so far this year we have had 20 churches and approximately 175 people go on mission to W.V. Five of those churches were with us on mission through our partnership with a sister association (Washington, A.M. David Self). We will have more opportunities in November 2015 (details about forthcoming "Backpacks for Appalachia"). Two quick items: 1.) First Southern Baptist Sutton, W.V. had 8 baptisms in 2014, they had 9 baptisms within 2 weeks through our partnership efforts; 2.) We had 8 churches (including, Kiokee B.C.) working together to build a house for a poor family, through Sutton B.C., within our reciprocating partnership. Finally, Rick Canfield (and 18 members from Sutton) installed two showers and lodged in our mission center, passed out flyers, provided food for the Broad Street Ministry Center Back-to-School Block Party, served food at the Broad Street Ministry Center, and did yard work at our associational office.
Reciprocating Partnership: Contact the office if your church desires to either help deliver backpacks to West Virginia or actually help distribute backpacks at West Virginia church sites. You can contact Gail Griner for more details. Dr. B will be preaching at the Annual Meeting of The Allegheny Association of Southern Baptist on September 26. Please pray for him as he helps to advance the partnership with other churches on the eastern side of the Allegheny Association's territory.
Church Revitalization: We will begin a strategy process (same philosophy as we have done with the association) to help 4 churches who have expressed a desire to revitalize their church. We have two other churches praying about becoming involved with an individual process.
Mission and Ministry Centers: The Broad Street Ministry Center needs more volunteers. Volunteer training is available, please contact Kaye Morris if you are interested in volunteering. The Augusta Mission Center transition team has been hard at work. If you desire to help with a yard sale for the community of Glenn Hills contact Johnny Mack (706) 312-4479. Also, if you desire to donate items you can call him to make arrangements to receive items. A date for the yard sale will be forthcoming.
Cross Cultural Commission: The next meeting is September 3 at The Baptist Center. Our next major event will be a Thanksgiving meal, shared on November 21, for the community surrounding The Augusta Mission Center. Contact Billy Atkins at Fleming Baptist Church for more details.
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