Key Heights Baptist Church in Perryton participates in Hope Commitment Day

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Reports keep rolling in about churches who participated in the Texas Hope 2010 Commitment Day on Jan. 11. Wandering the internet, I found Terry Williams’ new blog, Texas Tundra. You can read about Terry’s Commitment Day experience by clicking here. I found it great reading. It really gave me an insight into Terry’s heart for ministry and for his church, Key Heights Baptist Church in Perryton.

This is the part of his post that I loved most:

God led me to preach out of 2 Kings 7:3-11, and issue to our church a challenge to get back to the the task of the Great Commission.  I challenged them to commit to work at having 40 baptisms by May 2010.  If this happens, it will double our congregation’s normal attendance.  God worked in our hearts and about 3/4 of the congregation came forward to make the commitment to share the gospel with those around them.

Needless to say, this sappy preacher weeped tears of joy and thanksgiving on how the congregation responded to the call.  I’m excited as we go forward and how God will open doors for us to share Jesus Christ and Him Crucified! 

Terry, this sounds like a wonderful goal and vision for your church. Texas Baptists across the state will be praying for your congregation.

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15 Responses to “Key Heights Baptist Church in Perryton participates in Hope Commitment Day”

  1. David Troublefield Says:

    To see 40 baptisms in 16 months (64 weeks–by May 2010): randomly enroll in Key Heights’ Sunday School at least 160 people from among Perryton’s residents not now an active part of any Sunday Bible study group. Typically, one-half of those folks will be unsaved–and typically one-half of them will be saved and baptized during the 12 months following their enrollment in Sunday School as they are regularly exposed to the gospel and Christians telling/living it.

    To keep those 40 people baptized: start 10 new Sunday School classes done right every week. If not, be ready to participate in “Texas Hope 2015” as probably nothing much will have changed in Perryton.

    For much more information about how to do this: phone the BGCT’s Phil Miller and his Bible Study Section staff today before too much time elapses and its too late to see 40 reached and kept for Christ by May 2010 (214.828.5213).

    As I’ve told Dr. Everett recently: from the perspective of a Minister of Education (not a Senior Pastor or former one), it isn’t only reaching people for Jesus Christ but also keeping those people reached that Texas Baptist churches want/need to see. If our Sunday Schools aren’t healthy enough spiritually and organizationally, our “Texas Hope 2010” efforts may be in vain. Get ready for company at the same time you’re inviting that company to Christ! Again: phone Phil (already paying for his help).

    David Troublefield
    Minister of Education
    Lamar Baptist Church
    Wichita Falls, TX
    david@lbcwf.org

  2. David Troublefield Says:

    From the recent article “Coaching a Winning Team: Being a Sunday School Pastor,” by Dr. Tim Smith of the Georgia Baptist Convention at the request of LifeWay:

    “. . . I believe that the pastor is the second most important influencing factor on a growing church. The first, of course, would be the presence of God . . .

    “. . . I am amazed at the number of pastors that are not influencing the Sunday School. As I have talked with pastors I’ve discovered that the reason for their lack of leadership is not desire but rather knowledge and skill. Most of our pastors did not grow up in strong Sunday School churches. They have spent their college and seminary education in theology or Bible classes, not that those are not important. They simply have not been exposed to basic principles and practices of doing the ministry of church through the Sunday School . . .” (available at: http://www.lifeway.com/lwc/article_main_page/0%2C1703%2CA%25253D168725%252526M%25253D200839%2C00.html)

    Texas Hope 2010 is a good thing. But the six tasks assigned to the ministry of Sunday School in the typical SBC church accomplish the same–and more!–when regularly encouraged and carried out; those 6 tasks are:

    1. REACH PEOPLE FOR BIBLE STUDY (same people, new people, always);
    2. TEACH PEOPLE THE BIBLE (not the quarterly, but the Bible);
    3. WITNESS TO PEOPLE ABOUT CHRIST, AND LEAD PEOPLE TO CHURCH MEMBERSHIP (folks can get saved in Sunday School–and as a result of it);
    4. MINISTER TO PEOPLE IN NEED (members and non-members);
    5. LEAD PEOPLE TO WORSHIP (corporate and personal);
    6. SUPPORT AND UNDERGIRD THE WORK OF THE CHURCH AND DENOMINATION (Sunday School is one of many important ministries).

    No other ministry in the local church has assigned to it these same 6 tasks–so that, if the ministry of Sunday School doesn’t accomplish each of them, then they will NOT be accomplished in/by the local church and our congregations will/do suffer. The senior pastors among us who don’t understand this–and those who aren’t actively supporting Sunday School as the #1 ministry of their churches–are the pastors that Dr. Smith has written about in his article.

    Again: phone Phil and his staff (already paying for his help, and those staff members already know all of this information)–and don’t wait too late, as 2010 is only 49 weeks away! ;~]

    David Troublefield
    Minister of Education
    Lamar Baptist Church
    Wichita Falls, TX
    david@lbcwf.org

  3. David Troublefield Says:

    John:

    When you get the chance, please ask Phil Miller to chime in here–this would be a really good point to hear from the BGCT’s Bible Study Section in regard to the support it has been asked to give to “Texas Hope 2010” for the local churches composing the convention.

    Thanks!

    David Troublefield
    Minister of Education
    Lamar Baptist Church
    Wichita Falls, TX
    david@lbcwf.org

  4. Terry Says:

    David,
    I totally agree that discipleship of those we reach will be vital. I’m working on that in our church. It is important that we follow the Great Commission in it’s totality.

    Blessings,
    Terry Williams
    Key Heights, Perryton

  5. Terry Says:

    John,
    Thanks for highlighting our church. Believe it or not it is already making the rounds in our church and it is exciting them more. I guess I need to be careful what I put on the internet, lol.

    Blessings,
    Terry Williams

  6. David Troublefield Says:

    Terry:

    Congrats for the success seen thus far under your leadership!

    Let the training of disciples at Key Heights begin with those serving in the congregation’s ministry of Sunday School. The church has no more important ministry–Sunday School (or synonymous term for small groups with same church-growth tasks assigned) is THE vehicle which will carry your congregation through this century and into the next (with apologies to you for your good preaching during the worship services ;~] ).

    For more from outside the BGCT, an EXCELLENT resource: http://www.ncbaptist.org/fileadmin/ncbaptist.org_graphics/Cong_Srvs/Docs/Discipleship/DiscipleMakersManual_final.pdf

    From within the BGCT (already PAID for): http://www.bgct.org/texasbaptists/Page.aspx?pid=2882&srcid=2902

    Stay warm up north!

    David Troublefield
    Minister of Education
    Lamar Baptist Church
    Wichita Falls, TX
    david@lbcwf.org

  7. John Says:

    Terry, it was my pleasure to share your post. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I hope it inspires other congregations.

  8. Phil Miller Says:

    Terry,
    I’m so excited to read this great story about your church. I enjoyed being at Key Heights several months back, spending that Sunday with you and your church family. Sounds like you are off to a great start and anticipating great things from the Lord in the months ahead. If I, or any of our Bible Study/Discipleship staff can be of service to you in this effort, please contact me.
    Blessings,
    Phil Miller
    Director, Bible Study/Discipleship

  9. Phil Miller Says:

    David,
    Thank you for the comments you have shared encouraging Texas Baptists to contact our Bible Study/Discipleship staff concerning their Sunday School/Bible Study needs. We have 6 staff members who are continually on the road – providing on-site consulations, customized training events, and other responses to our churches.
    In addition to sharing my email (which is already paid for also) phil.miller@bgct.org, I would encourage churches to call me on either my office phone (214.828.5213) or my cell phone (214.533.2506). And yes, Texas Baptists have already paid for those as well. 😉
    David, I appreciate your good work in Wichita Falls. Always enjoy visiting with you when the opportunity presents itself.
    Blessings,
    Phil Miller
    Director, Bible Study/Discipleship
    BGCT

  10. David Troublefield Says:

    Phil:

    I’m glad your staff is staying busy–and hopefully at the request of many congregations wanting to improve themselves and their ministries this year. And, because your ministry and resources ARE being paid for by Texas Baptists, I–for one–intend to keep pointing others to them and the use of them! Why pay for tools never used?

    You may have realized as I have: if Arthur Flake were to step into many of our churches on a Sunday morning and say, “OK; show me your Sunday School,” he’d probably take exception to what we pointed to in turn replying, “There it is, Bro. Arthur!” Sunday School done right always reaches people for Bible study and fulfills its five other tasks; the State of Texas clearly needs for us to do so. Texas Hope 2010 really won’t be so successful if the individuals reached for Christ aren’t also kept for Him via healthy small groups.

    Don’t be a stranger to the blogsite, OK? We need what you and your staff can offer here!

    David Troublefield
    Minister of Education
    Lamar Baptist Church
    Wichita Falls, TX
    david@lbcwf.org

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