Partnership Missions

As Baptists, we believe Jesus gave the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) to the Church.  Article XI of the Baptist Faith and Message explains this conviction as follows:

"It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man’s spirit by God’s Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. Missionary effort on the part of all rests thus upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations."

Article XIV further explains how churches cooperate together in this task:

"Christ’s people should, as occasion requires, organize such associations and conventions as may best secure cooperation for the great objects of the Kingdom of God. Such organizations have no authority over one another or over the churches. They are voluntary and advisory bodies designed to elicit, combine, and direct the energies of our people in the most effective manner. Members of New Testament churches should cooperate with one another in carrying forward the missionary, educational, and benevolent ministries for the extension of Christ’s Kingdom."

For these reasons, the association encourages our churches to partner together in their missionary activity. This is best done by first "eliciting" from our churches the mission partnerships in which they are actively engaged. To facilitate this, we are asking our churches to make known to us any partnerships they currently have and the contact person for each; specifically, these would be partnerships in which they are open to "combining" with other churches so as to "direct the energies of our people in the most effective manner." You can help us by providing the information on this online form:  Church Partnership

The following represent currently known partnerships among our churches. We will add to this list as we receive additional opportunities for partnerships:

1) Alberta, Canada, which has two NAMB SEND Cities. Lynwood Baptist Church of Cape Girardeau is the Lead church for Calgary and Kevin Coffee is the contact. Fruitland Community Church of Jackson is the Lead church for Edmondton and Laura Norman is the contact. 

2) Filipino People worldwide is a broader partnership among the nine associations of southeast Missouri with Charleston Baptist Association serving as the Lead association and Roger Graham is the contact person. Currently there are opportunities in Phoenix, New York City, Houston, Calgary, and Edmondton. Additionally, there are teams for 16-18 year old high school students and college students to spend several weeks in the Philippines during the summer.

3) Eastern Montana. First Baptist Church of Millersville led out in this partnership. Currently the following trips have been planned:
     a) February 16-20. Our Director of Missions will be co-leading a workshop on “Creating Disciple-making Systems” for the churches. 
     b) There are a variety of partnership opportunities among the churches in the eastern half of Montana. Contact the Director of Missions to learn how your church can be a part of reaching eastern Montana with the gospel!



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