Missions Philosophy

 

Missions at Second Baptist 

The Missions Committee at 2BC exists to seek out and engage in partnerships for missions and ministry for the Second Baptist faith community. We begin with the notion that the gospel still speaks to the deep need of people to have a personal relationship with God and that we must rely on the power of God and the Holy Spirit and not ourselves. We understand that as a faith community we are part of the larger dream of God and so forming partnerships keeps us in greater community as we seek to meet God at work in the world. As we consider these partnerships we desire to: 

  •  Promote Relationship 
  •  Use the asset-based model 
  •  Make our motivation clear and transparent 
  •  Anticipate mutual growth. 
  •  Provide Long term sustainability 
   

 


     

In addition, we consider how the following might be reflected in the partnership: 

Relationship

…we approach our partnership in a holistic way…we will learn and incorporate genuine expressions of concern and trust. 

Reconciliation

…we trust the Biblical mandate to be “reconciled to each other” and will seek and consider good ways for that to happen during the partnership. 

Respect

… partnerships can be cluttered after all we are human …we handle changes, unfulfilled expectations, cultural differences, or disappointments with a Christ like attitude. 

Reciprocity

…our partners are invited to spend time with us. Our greatest asset is each other and what God has called us to do together.

 

You also might hear these kinds of phrases used at 2BC as we talk about our partnerships:

 “Relationship decision making”

…consensus, we will go the extra mile to not act unilaterally.

 “We send people to people not people to places”

…even in projects and joint ventures strengthening our relationships remain foremost.

“Knowledgeable prayers”

…we want to pray as intelligently for our partners as possible. This includes knowing individuals, situations, hurts, hopes and dreams.

“Good partnerships mean we don’t have to give up who we are as a faith community”

…we don’t have to apologize for being Christian but we do respect others rights to choose for themselves. We will anticipate mutual respect.