My Brothers,

 

I want to thank you for being at the first meeting of Kingdom Together.  It was an exciting first step to establishing partnerships.  A special thanks to Pastor Roger Rodriguez for allowing us to meet at Segunda Iglesia Baptista.  David Barrett, pastor of Faith Fellowship of Ft. Bend and Joe Arms, pastor of Believers Fellowship of Spring/Magnolia did a great job of facilitating discussion.  Wayne Watkins took some bullet point highlights notes that I am giving to you to help you establish a mental reminder from the meeting.  The participation in discussion was great and I am excited that there was a determined anticipation about setting the next meeting.  We talked about meeting May 10th , but we realized that this would be the Monday before our May 12th INTERSECTION meeting. We want to encourage everyone to participate in the INTERSECTION meeting, with that we need to move the Kingdom Together meeting to May 17th, 5:00pm.  We will secure a location and let you know.  

 

Building THE Kingdom Together

 

Perry Eaton

Associate Director of Missions

San Felipe Baptist Association

 

 

 

Here are a few bullet points to ponder for our next meeting and I'm sharing a copy of an email from Joe Arms.

 

·      Pray for those on your attendance sheet

·      Think about what your church can bring to a partnership

·      What are needs you church has

 

 

RE: Kingdom Together Meeting March 22, 2021

 

Perry, 

 

just a few thoughts following last night’s gathering.  What a blessing it was.  Thanks to you, Sam and SFBA for hosting it. I was blessed to be a part of it.  I was blessed to see all those pastors wanting to reach outside their own personal ministry arenas. I was blessed to see the broad cultural differences among the pastors but to see them all embrace that which we all hold in common, the Lord Jesus and our call to reach the world. I was blessed by the interaction of everyone who attended.

As shared in the meeting, Kingdom Together can cover a very wide spectrum of ministries and opportunities for churches to work hand in hand.  The list of possible ideas can get real wide, real fast.

 

It might be good before the next meeting to have those in attendance to prayerfully consider what opportunities / ministries, they are looking to be involved in. Then it would be good for each pastor to list what type of opportunities / ministries that their church could offer to others to be involved in.

For instance:

Looking for the opportunity to:

  1. I would love a prayer partnership with a church for a year. That could be defined with whatever church would choose to partner with us.  We could share prayer needs, have a couple of joint fellowship prayer meetings, etc.

  2. Also, I would not mind a counseling/mentoring role for younger or newer pastors.

Making the following opportunities available:

1 - Our church is also involved in missions in Belize and could offer some churches an opportunity to partner with some churches in that part of the world and many levels.

 

This is just my take away.  I am certain that after a little more prayer and thoughtfulness, that God will bring other things to our hearts and minds.  Hope it helps in some degree.

 

Joe Arms

Senior Pastor

Believers Fellowship Baptist

281-350-9673

W: bfchurch.com

E: PastorJoe@bfchurch.com |facebook.com/bfchurch.tx

 

Highlights from meeting: Notes from Wayne:

 

 

 

Kingdom Together

March 22, 2021

Segunda Baptist Church

 

Introductions:

Perry-welcome and thanks

This is just the beginning step in trying to help churches formulate partnerships.

SFBA goal is to try and help facilitate this process.

 

With the autonomy of the local church every partnership will be a little different.

But the goal is to build the kingdom.

 

Scriptures that speak to Kingdom work together

1 Corinthians 1:10

Philippians 2:2-4

John 12:24-25

John 17

3 John 5

 

The theology of churches helping churches

What ought to be – Same confession, same commission

Commission came before the church

What will be – Share the same future

 

What is-----

 

What can be-----

 

Sharing buildings

Shared ministries/Men’s retreat/Mission endeavors

Sharing wisdom/knowledge

Sharing people/resources/information

 

Joe Arms---

Involved with 5 churches for 2 to 3 years at a time

Mission efforts

 

Parameters are important

Determine what the Lord would have you do

Simple is always best – KISS principle

Doctrine compatibility is important-what areas are essential, what are flexible?

Unity is important

Don’t sacrifice truth on the altar of unity

Diversity vs conformity – everyone doesn’t have to be alike

Prayer/prayer partnerships

 

Clear definitions beyond doctrine

What we won’t do together

Proximity can be a challenge- churches too close can result in “sheep rustling”

Micro management never works

Fellowship and ministry together

 

Internal problems begin when the church is not focused on external ministry

Integrity is important

John 17 – walking as one

 

Warning---be clear

 

Discussion----

Use STARR network

Pray for other churches

Celebrate with the churches

Question- How has personality, temperament played into partnerships

            You sense the peace that God puts it together

Have humility in the process

Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you

Pay attention to when the door is opening

Find out where God is at work and get in on it

 

Next Steps-

We know we should

We know we can

What’s next

 

Think about what you need in your church or ministry

 

David Barrett – Adult Ministry Intern

Norberto   - Music leadership

Ken Collins – Children’s Ministry leadership

Skip    - Young people

George   - Children’s ministry leadership, Men’s ministry leader

Patrick Stewart – Need a cow, a place to meet for worship, plant a church called home

LaDavid   - Alpha is about training churches to reach the community and develop their trust

Joe – Everyone needs prayer

 

Perry-

Pray

Meet together again, May 17th