Proposal for Discovery to Join the
North American Baptists
At our meeting on Sunday we announced that the elder/pastor team has long been praying and thinking about aligning our church with the North American Baptist Conference of Churches. The NAB is a small conference/network of Baptist churches very much like Discovery in doctrine and practice. In fact, we already support NAB missionaries Bud and Lois Fuchs and the Timothy Pastoral Apprenticeship (TPA) which was birthed out of NAB Churches in this region.
We believe that formal alignment with a network of like-minded churches would be a good thing because:
- It demonstrates to the world that we believe in cooperative ministry with other Christians
- It helps communicates to the world some of our doctrinal distinctives
- It creates opportunities to benefit from the ministry of other like minded churches AND be a benefit to the ministries of other like-minded churches
- It gives our leaders formal access to a host of resources and personnel that exist to support and train ministry leaders
These are just a few of the reasons.
We are asking the congregation to spend June through October of this year praying about this possibility. Click Here to view a document that details more of the reasons behind our desire as elders to take this step. We hope that five to six months is ample time for us to pray about and discuss this decision and we trust that you will raise any questions that you might have in that time.
Please read the full document HERE or pick one up at the Welcome Desk this Sunday. We will keep this item on the agenda for the next Prayer, Praise and Update meeting in July and also the one in September. In between those meetings feel free to reach out any time with questions.