The Janie Chapman Missions Offering is a vital tool to help fund Missions in and through South Carolina. Every year in September, SC Baptist Churches are asked to pray for SC Missions and consider giving to this special offering.
Each of the posts about the Janie Chapman Missions Offering will share some aspect of how the Janie Chapman funds are used. As you read over these posts consider how God is working in and through SC Baptists, and how you can be a part of that.
This coming Sunday, September 15, Rocky Creek will collect our offering for Janie Chapman. Over the past several years, RC has collected an average of about $2000. As you pray, consider if $2000 is enough for RC to give.
STRENGTHEN – PAVE THE WAY BY STRENGTHENING STRUGGLING BUT STRATEGIC CHURCHES
James Nugent is an SCBC strategist working with the convention’s START network, who assists at-risk churches by guiding them through honest conversations and decision-making, so that they can become more effective gospel influences in the community. Sometimes those congregations plant a church, or restart as a new church in the same location. Others may be led to join with another church, to start a completely new church at an existing church location. Bottom line, Nugent wants churches that find themselves facing an uncertain future to know that there are options.
“Right now in our state, many churches are on the edge of closing their doors. Restarting is an important option, because it can give a struggling congregation new life so that it can continue the Great Commission in its community. The mission of at-risk churches is more important than ever, as many people are moving to South Carolina creating increasing opportunities for making disciples. We need to utilize every means possible to bring health to our struggling churches; sometimes that means restarting them through a merger with a church plant. Combining the missionary DNA of a young church with the resources of an existing congregation can be a powerful combination for making disciples for generations to come,” explains James Nugent. The Janie Chapman offering helps to provide START training for leaders, and funds to help struggling churches to understand their options.