Peachtree’s missions mindset pushes CP
Mike Creswell, BSC Communications
August 17, 2011

Peachtree’s missions mindset pushes CP

Peachtree’s missions mindset pushes CP
Mike Creswell, BSC Communications
August 17, 2011

MURPHY — It would surprise some people how Peachtree

Memorial Baptist

Church is part of a worldwide

missions program.

After all, the church’s modern building with a steep-sloped

roof sits alongside Highway 141 several miles out of Murphy, in the community

of Peachtree, surrounded by the mountains and rolling hills of Cherokee


This is the far west of our state. From Peachtree Memorial,

it’s three times as far to Raleigh

as it is to Atlanta, Ga.,

or Knoxville, Tenn.

BSC photo by Mike Creswell

Pastor Chester Jones has led his Murphy congregation to give 10 percent of its offerings to the Cooperative Program.

But with missions eyes, Peachtree Memorial’s 500 members can

see far beyond the local mountains to places like eastern North

Carolina, New York City,

China and Argentina.

It is a vision for missions and a sensitivity to missions,

that drive the church’s giving, not just tradition, says Pastor Chester Jones.

However, missions does have a long tradition in Cherokee

County, he pointed out.

He recalled how Baptist ministers Evan Jones and Hymphrey

Posey ministered to the Cherokees in the early 1800s through a mission school.

Jones translated the New Testament into the Cherokee language.

“We’re a missions-oriented group of believers. Our people

have been faithful. We have believed that we can do more together than any of

us can do individually. We feel like we cover a broader spectrum of

dollars through the Cooperative Program than any other source or means,” Jones


“Consistently, this has been a missions-minded church for

many, many years and our goal for the past 10 years has been to give through

the Cooperative Program 10 percent of our offering plate dollar and we’ve done

that almost every year. Two years we gave 12 percent,” he added.

One recent year the members felt they had to address a local

situation that called for money, but the next year they moved back to 10

percent of their budget for the Cooperative Program.

“We do believe in the Cooperative Program,” Jones said.

Through their Cooperative Program giving, the church

supports a wide range of ministries across North Carolina, that includes

starting 125 new churches in 2010; the Baptist Children’s Homes of North

Carolina; Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute; a youth program that reached more

than 7,000 young people this year; evangelism and church growth ministry,

prayer ministry, women’s ministry, partnership missions and many kinds of

pastor and church staff support; plus helping send missionaries across North

America and around the world, and furthering education at six Southern Baptist

seminaries including Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest.