The Baptist State Convention (BSC) has launched an effort to help church planters make disciples.
The endeavor, called “New Wineskins,” started in August 2008. It includes a web site, a monthly e-mail magazine, podcasts and conference calls. BSC officials say on the web site that while “church plants can have varied theology and methodology,” discipleship remains vital in all.
Rick Hughes, senior consultant for discipleship, helps church planters as they try to be disciples and to make disciples.
“Jesus said, ‘Come follow me,’” Hughes said. “We talk about what that looks like.”
New Wineskins events often feature former successful church planters who continue to work with new churches across the nation.
These interviews give church planters the opportunity for feedback and extended discussion.
Hughes said in a BSC news release that New Wineskins tries to assist church planters by providing them resources which will help them love God and one another while their churches are young.
“Rather than providing these pastors with gimmicks or tricks, we sought to provide them with sound reading and opportunities to interact with one another in ways that would deeply root them in the Bible’s requirements for them as pastors and for their churches,” he said.
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