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3 Key Areas for the Church Volunteer

Churches struggle with recruiting and retaining volunteers.  While it is challenging enough to recruit a sufficient amount of people to meet the needs, there is another problem that comes when you get them: What expectations do you have of the church’s volunteers?   I’m not talking about what time they show up and what job they perform.  I’m talking about the role that character and integrity plays as they representJesus and the church. If you struggle with recruiting enough volunteers,…

Jesus Set an Example for us as a Servant

This past Sunday in our Gospel Groups we looked at John 13.  Jesus is hours away from His crucifixion, and He takes up the position of a servant at the Passover meal.  The Master and Teacher should not be the one to wash the disciples feet.  However, Jesus puts a towel around his waist and fills a basin with water.  He then wipes the dust and dirt from the feet of the men who have walked with Him for the last three years. …

Preparing a Church Budget

Our church leadership is currently walking through the budget preparation time.  Since there are many new folks around here, I wanted you to know our mindset as we prepare the budget for the upcoming year.  Before you receive it, a substantial amount of time and a significant amount of people have prayed, talked, and worked hard to prepare it.  So, this post is a way to allow you to understand the process. While there are many logistical tasks to be…

Connect with Indian Upstate Fellowship

At Rocky Creek, we believe that Jesus is building a multi-ethnic Church that will one day come together from all tribes, nations, and tongues. That’s why we take seriously the call to share the whole gospel with all people. While we have local and global mission partnerships literally all over the world, some of our partnerships meet on our campus. In addition to English and Spanish worship services, we also host a church that reaches out to the Indian community…

October Serve Month – – UPDATED

October is Serve Month at Rocky Creek. The list has been updated again, past events have been removed.  After you sign up, you will receive more details about that particular event. Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” Luke 5:5 The disciples were obedient to Jesus command to put their net out, even though they were experienced fishermen.  God blessed them tremendously through their…

Matthew 26:36-68 for Gospel Groups September 24-30

Read the passages this week and think about these questions Matthew 26:36-68 Mark 14:32-65 Luke 22:40-54 John 18:2-12   Why is Jesus grieved and deeply distressed (Mt 26:37-38)? Contrast the prayers of Jesus with those of the disciples (James, John, Peter) How would you characterize your prayer life? How often do we fight in the physical realm, not the spiritual? What OT prophecies can you recall that point to a future Messiah for Israel? If false charges were brought against…

The Importance of Context

When it comes to reading Scripture, context is key.   Too much of our current biblical study focuses on isolated verses and neglects the context of which the verses were originally written. As we study Scripture, we must acknowledge the reader’s context and identify the author’s context. Download Handout – Session 3 – The Importance of Context The Reader’s Context Preconceived Notions Preunderstanding is the dangerous collection of preconceived notions that we bring to the text before actually studying the text…

Three Churches In One

Strengthening Churches “What a beautiful historic church!” That may be the first comment of a visitor to Charleston who sees Citadel Square Baptist Church. In 1854 the members of First Baptist Church saw the need for a church out on the edge of the city and planted Citadel Square on Meeting Street. No longer on the “edge” but in the heart of Charleston, the church has had a vital ministry for more than 160 years. Pastor David Walker leads this…

Missions Prayer Newsletter Sept 17-23

This week, September 17-23 we would like for you to pray for these two Mission Partners. You can download the whole September Missions Prayer Newsletter here: September 2017 Sylvester Savage II – Band of Brothers & Sisters, Greenville, SC – bandofbrothers@rocketmail.com Prayers: Join us in praying for mentors for our clients. Pray for the direction and leadership of the board of our ministry. Pray for success for the RC Missions Celebration (more work goes into this than just praying) God Story:…

The Word Reading Plan [Week 5]

The Word Bible reading plan is a chronological 100-day guide that focuses on 50 pivotal Old Testament readings and 50 pivotal New Testament readings.  As we go through “The Word” series, our Sunday sermons will focus on the passage for that day.  During the week, our church will be reading through the rest of the passages to gain a fuller understanding of the grand narrative of Scripture. In addition, we have a Bible study for adults and students on Wednesdays…

Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Fires… Broken Homes and Broken Lives

Disaster Relief / RebuildSC Earlier this summer, Rocky Creek sent a small team of four men to Nichols, SC to work at Nichols Baptist Church, which had been damaged by flooding in October 2016.  Nearly all of the 261 homes in the town were left uninhabitable.  Our team helped the church repair it’s sanctuary and soon the church will be hosting teams that come to work on houses in the area. With Hurricane Harvey having just blasted Texas and Louisiana,…

My Brothers, the Overcomers

The Overcomers were one of the main reasons our family felt drawn to Rocky Creek. If you don’t know who the Overcomers are, they are a 27-week, addiction recovery program with a twelve-step, Christian-based curriculum. The program offers group and individual counseling, Bible study, devotional services, classroom instruction, and seminars. Rocky Creek has a partnership with the Overcomers (a Miracle Hill Ministry).  As a part of their recovery, the men attend Rocky Creek for worship and for our Equip courses on…

What Good Is A Dying Church Anyway?

STARTING: REPLANTING A CHURCH What happens when a church’s membership becomes too small? The people want to do great things for the Lord, but not enough money or hands are available to accomplish those worthy goals. This was the dilemma for Oak Grove Church in Spartanburg in 2015. They were down to 40 members, most of whom were senior adults. Finding themselves without a pastor, they called church planting strategist James Nugent to serve as interim. Not far away, Hub…

Changing Lives Through Baptist Collegiate Ministries

Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) across South Carolina saw a collective 337 students give their lives to Christ during this past school year. According to Collegiate Ministry Group Director Ken Owens, of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, these 17 ministries (17 different campus BCM groups) have been intentional in their focus on evangelism and outreach; and they are seeing tremendous campus response. “We are being intentional to share the hope of the gospel with every life on…

Tackling Poverty by Helping Children Read

SHARING: HEART4SCHOOLS Homelessness, poverty, imprisonment: these are big issues that affect people in South Carolina. How can these be eliminated? These big problems are often the result of a lack of education. If a child cannot read, he is at-risk to become a statistic as an adult. Research has shown, however, that getting a child on reading level by third grade is often an indication of success. South Carolina Baptist churches are reaching out to schools in their communities to…

Church Planting in the Upstate

Reconcile Community Church reaching into West Greenville, SC Several years ago the North American Mission Board decided to channel its funds for church planting into several of the most spiritually lost areas where there were decidedly too few churches to be able to make an impact.  These are called SEND Cities, and Rocky Creek is currently participating with two SEND City Church Plants in the Boston, Massachusetts area. However, here in South Carolina, even though there are many churches around,…