GC office hopes churches work together
BR staff
November 17, 2010

GC office hopes churches work together

GC office hopes churches work together
BR staff
November 17, 2010

Pastors serving on the

frontlines need help from North Carolina Baptists.

“We are plan A and there is

no plan B,” said Mike Sowers, senior consultant in the Baptist State

Convention’s (BSC) Office of Great Commission Partnerships (GCP).

Sowers shared an update Nov.

9 with BSC messengers to the annual meeting.

There are 6.2 billion people

in the world without a personal relationship with Christ. North Carolina

measures 5.6 million lost.

Sowers credited each person

with the problem. The GCP office works with Metro New York Baptist Association

(MNYBA), Boston, Toronto, and starting in 2011, Moldova. N.C. Baptist leaders

trekked to New York earlier this year to begin to cast a vision for the

partnership between BSC and MNYBA.

More than 400 volunteers

have gone to help existing ministries and to develop technological resources.

Proceeds from the sale of Ethnicity, a book published in New York, will go

towards church planting in New York. The book profiles 82 of New York’s most

unreached people groups. In North America, there are 258 million lost people.

Sowers said that in Boston

there are 4.5 million residents and less than 2.5 percent know Jesus as Savior.

North Carolina plans to strengthen its ability to train, send and support

missionaries here and in each of its partnership areas. Focusing on metro

Toronto narrows the partnership with Canada quite considerably. But Sowers said

this will allow workers to focus on a target area.

To help churches, Sowers

said the office is developing global impact networks. “For many small churches

they can’t do this alone,” Sowers said.

Another key is “equipping

our young leaders,” he said. “The eternity of 6.2 billion people is at stake.”