Baptist Church Planters
Steve & Kristen are Associate Church Revitalizers with Baptist Church Planters.
To learn more about BCP, you can view the video from President Jon Jenks or visit their website: bcpusa.org.
Through the grace of God and His word, the redemptive works of Christ, and the sanctifying efforts of the Holy Spirit,
we encourage and equip the body of Christ in order to ensure its members, both near and far,
are enduring in the lifelong work of glorifying God and discipling faithful men and women
who will be entrusted to continue this work until our Lord and Savior returns.
The Impact of Local Church Discipleship
In partnership with Baptist Church Planters, we (Faith Baptist Tabernacle) developed a model for discipleship at our church that meets the needs of all church members - regardless of their spiritual maturity. Our desire is to meet them where they are and help them to grow in their walk with Christ.
As our church matured, we began to look outside our local body and began partnering with sister churches to strengthen them. This led to Steve & Kristen considering vocational ministry to continue this work. Partnering with Baptist Church Planters, our desire is to help sister churches disciple their members in order to grow in spiritual maturity and multiplication and in turn help other sister churches and plant churches.
Our Model for Discipleship
Our church adopted and implemented the following model for helping our members grow in spiritual maturity. We desire to help sister churches develop and implement similar models of intentional discipleship.
Leadership Journey & The Grove Study - The purpose of these studies is to disciple God’s children into spiritual leaders by drawing them close to God. God will then guide them to cause the same in others and by this accomplish Christ’s gospel mission through His church. Men take Leadership Journey and women take The Grove Study.
Teacher Journey Training - This journey is a springboard for teacher and student in robust and relational discipleship. The students taking the course will learn to filter and forward their teaching through a biblical grid by which they will engage another to do the same.
The goal of these studies is to take a church member who has shown some spiritual desire and some ability to do personal solo time, serve, and care for others and be sure they have what they need to serve well and get ready for taking Teacher Journey Training, Leadership Journey, or The Grove Study. It helps them as they serve and pushes them with greater commitment in homework and personal spiritual expression and witness.
The goal of this study is to get people moving in their spiritual development from being “lost” to being a member who is serving. After taking one or two of these studies they should:
understand the gospel in a personal way.
know that they should be meeting with Jesus every day.
be coming to church and a midsized church group regularly and able to pray and do some homework.
value connecting with people and may be beginning to express thanksgiving, adoration, and prayer in public in a small group.
understand that there is a next level of training to take and should be ready to join the church and be starting to serve and care for others before taking this next step