Southeastern’s Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies has a snazzy new website, full of content on upcoming SEBTS mission trips, prayer points for current missionaries and church planters, and other great resources. Check out the new look here. Visit regularly in order to keep up to date with the missions efforts of SEBTS faculty and students.
Every Wednesday we highlight the work of Southeastern’s Center for Great Commission Studies. Recently, Keelan Cook wrote about the efforts of a TN church to fight Ebola through church planting.
Here’s an excerpt:
Several years ago, First Baptist Church in Humbolt, TN adopted the Susu people group in West Africa. The Susu are an unreached people group and staunchly Muslim. The spiritual soil is hard indeed. However, through obedience to the Great Commission, God has used this church to do miracles in West Africa.
The following update briefly discusses their missions strategy and its effectiveness. In addition, the villages where they worked to plant church are the same villages reeling with Ebola. Yet, God is working miracles in his church in this area. Read and see what it looks like for a church to roll up their sleeves and get involved in a specific area.
As we do every Wednesday morning, today we highlight the work of the Center for Great Commission Studies at Southeastern. Recently, the CGCS folks published a series on evangelism and church planting. Below is an excerpt from part 4 in that series.
If church planting is an effective method of evangelism, then we need to give attention to strengthening our church planting efforts. In 2007, the Center for Missional Research produced the “Church Plant Survivability and Health Study,” assessing the factors contributing to growth and survivability of SBC plants. One of the study’s central criteria is baptism numbers. Factors associated with higher baptisms included: conducting new member’s classes, having members sign a church covenant, and lead planters being assessed prior to planting.