By Troy Rust
Associational mission strategist, Holston Baptist Association, Johnson City
Like every Baptist association, most of our churches stood in need of revitalization when I arrived a year ago.
As I began to think through the requirements of revitalization, I was reminded that revitalization is the product of revival. When God’s people return to the love they had at first for Jesus, churches will focus once again on the work of the Great Commission.
I couldn’t help but remember the World Missions Conference of days gone by, and how I could recall decades later the testimonies the missionaries shared. Realizing that unhealthy churches often focus very little on the things that count for eternity, I saw that we needed to put “turn-key” missions opportunities before the churches of our association.
While we don’t want churches to ignore their immediate contexts, we know that God often uses missions opportunities to reignite a church’s passion and vision to reach its own area. Our goal was two-fold: to revitalize partnership missions in our churches and to connect local, regional, national and international missions and ministries to a potential volunteer army. [Read more…]