“All believers are prayerfully SENT across the street and across the world, to SHOW the love of Christ through actions that reveal the nature of God, always seeking to SHARE His story of salvation for all people.”
God is involving you in His work! That is an exciting reality that our church is discovering. In both local and global missions, we are discovering God’s call to serve Him in numbers of different ways. This page is a resource page for those who are not yet members of the church but are interested in how our church is serving in missions. It is also a place for our own church family to see just how many different ways we are currently serving in missions – both locally and globally.
What is our Missions Purpose at BFBC?
Our purpose in missions is captured in three words: Sent, Show, and Share. This simple purpose statement for our missions efforts was developed in 2018 after an extensive time of studying God’s Word regarding the sending responsibility of the local church. In a complete explanation, here is what we mean by these three words:
We acknowledge that the call to missions is for every individual believer and can only be fulfilled by going or by sending. There are three types of missionary Christians: goers, senders, and the disobedient. (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Acts 13:1-3; 2 Cor. 5:20; Col. 4:5-6; 1 Peter 2:9)
We recognize that missions always involves our being sent out of the church with the aim of showing Christ and sharing the hope of salvation in Christ alone. Following the example of the early church in the New Testament, we will keep Gospel proclamation at the forefront of our missions calling. We will prayerfully develop sent ones to always pursue the next step of obedience whether in volunteer or vocational missions. We will equip them to live a lifestyle of missions that goes beyond events or trips. We will seek to always be prepared for the opportunities God opens for us. (1 Chron. 16:24; Ps. 96:3; Isa. 6; Matt. 10:1-15; Mark 3:14, 6:7, 16:20; John 17:18, 20:21; Acts 13:1-4, 47; Rom. 10:14; 1 Peter 3:15)
ACROSS THE STREET AND ACROSS THE WORLD
We will refuse to look inward while there still remain thousands of people groups who have not yet heard the name of Jesus Christ and while there are population centers without a sustaining Gospel presence. We will go across the street and across the globe with the news of Jesus Christ. Whenever possible, we will work alongside mission partners with the priority of equipping of the saints for the work of ministry. We will never do for someone what they could be equipped to do themselves. In our partnerships, we will prioritize work with our North American Mission Board and International Mission Board missionaries. (Ps. 96:1-3; Matt. 24:14; Mark 6; Mark 13:10; Luke 10:1; Acts 13:2; 2 Cor. 8:23; Philippians 1:3-5, 2:1-4; Rev. 7:9-10)
TO SHOW THE LOVE OF CHRIST THROUGH ACTIONS THAT REVEAL THE NATURE OF GOD
In observance of the consistent themes of reconciliation, compassion, and justice found throughout the Old and New Testament, we will show the love of Christ through actions that reveal His nature. We will seek to love our neighbor as ourselves in our immediate context and those in distant places. Our actions are not the end goal but for the purpose of building bridges for the Gospel. Recognizing that our efforts in helping can actually hurt, we will always seek to be learners as to how best to build bridges through our actions. (Isaiah 58; Micah 6:8; Luke 10:27; John 13:34; Eph. 5:1; Col 3:12-14; James 2:8; 1 John 4:21)
ALWAYS SEEKING TO SHARE HIS STORY OF SALVATION FOR ALL PEOPLE
We will seek to discover where the Gospel is not being proclaimed both locally and globally and pursue opportunities to make Christ known. We will obediently leave the ninety-nine to seek out the one who is lost. Whether serving on a mission team or living missionally in our home context, we will always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is within us. (Luke 15:4; Acts 17:16-17; Rom. 10:14-15; Rom. 15:18-21; 2 Cor. 5:10-11; 1 Peter 3:15)
Berea First Baptist Church – Mission House
Our Mission House began as a churchwide project in November 2017. The project was fully funded through donations to our Thanksgiving Offering. The home adjacent to our parking area has belonged to the church for years and we recognized an opportunity to serve those who have responded to the call of missions. Through the generous donation of the time and talents of our project coordinators, we were able to fully renovate the home and it is now ready to receive those coming home on furlough from both international and national missions.
How can you get involved in missions at BFBC?
The focus and heart of missions should always be to share the Gospel with those who do not have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Some of our missions ministries are viewed as bridge building ministries paving the way for Gospel sharing opportunities. Other ministries have evangelism as the primary purpose. Both are crucial aspects of an effective missions ministry. For example, as our Reaching Center provides for the needs of our community (bridge building), they then have the opportunity to sit down to share Christ with our guests and minister to their needs. Without their efforts in serving, the opportunity to share the Gospel might not exist. The Gospel is always the motivation for missions.
Local Missions Opportunities
We have several local missions opportunities listed below. As was mentioned above, our Reaching Center is our Food & Clothing Ministry (Tuesday mornings). You can assist with stocking, packing on Tuesdays, or speaking with our guests as they arrive. We also serve a local community through our “Berea House” after-school program (Wednesday afternoons) – in partnership with Heller Service Corps of Furman University.
Our church sponsors the Good News Club at Armstrong Elementary. We depend on a great team of trained and screened volunteers to make this possible each week. We would love for you to join the team! Our Children’s Minister can speak with you more about the training process and where you can assist in this missions ministry.
The Backpack Buddy Program
Our Backpack Buddy Program is a partnership with Greenville County Schools to provide basic weekend foods for needy families. These bags feature foods like cereal, grits, peanut butter/jelly, nutri grain/granola bars, pop top soups, and raviolis, oatmeal, fruit cups, mac & cheese, pop tarts, crackers, 100% fruit juice boxes. These bags are provided and packed by our church members.
If you would like to sponsor a school-year of filled bags for a child, please contact our church office to receive more information.
Our “Reaching Center” is our food & clothing pantry ministry. This ministry began as an outreach ministry of one of our Bible Study groups. Realizing there was a great need and due to the availability of facilities, this ministry began many years ago. It is completely staffed by volunteers and the items in the center come from our church family and community. Our guests are able to receive assistance once a month. Guests are interviewed, receive info about our church and the message of salvation, and then receive their needed supplies. We are grateful for volunteers who make this ministry happen every Tuesday morning.
Hands of Kindness Children’s Ministry: Uganda
Our church partners with Hands of Kindness Children’s Ministry to impact children through adults living in Uganda. Our trips feature backyard Bible clubs, Vision and Medical Clinics, Construction Projects, Pastor Training, and Outreach/Evangelism. Our goal is to offer this as an annual trip each July/August. Our next trip is scheduled for July/August 2016 and our team is coming together now. To find out more info about this international partnership, see our Associate Pastor or email him at THIS LINK. He can share more information with you so that you can begin praying about this privilege of serving alongside fellow Christians in Uganda.
International Mission Trips
Our church is blessed to partner with international ministries, pastors, and missionaries serving all around the globe. Our partnerships allow us to love the people of so many parts of the world through the existing work of missionaries and local leaders. We are fortunate to have missions connections like our North American Mission Board (our partner for Puerto Rico), the International Mission Board (our connection for several locations), and Carpenters for Christ. Our trips occur at various times of the year are typically open to all adults and students who are in their 11th – 12th grade school year. Parents may take their children 13yrs old and up along with them on the trips.
Good News Club
Have you ever heard the discouraging word that prayer is no longer a part of the school year? The Good News is that prayer still happens each week at school! It’s through an after-school program called The Good News Club. Our church is fortunate to sponsor a club at Armstrong Elementary throughout the school year on Monday afternoons. Following your training with Child Evangelism Fellowship, you can join this great team of workers who love kids through this club.
This team could really be called the Kentucky/Virginia/Tennessee Team since their work is on the border of all three states! For many years, our volunteers have traveled to Kentucky to love the children and adults of our partner churches. We have watched many of the young children grow up as we have served and taught there. This summer missions opportunity is for all ages!