Anytime I get to speak in a church about BCM of the High Country, I alway make sure to mention our partnerships with local churches. I have realized that while it may be easy for me to see the various relationships we have through our ministry with a diverse body of local Baptist churches, it would be much harder for an individual or for a single church to be aware of those same partnerships. BCM of the High Country wouldn’t exist without our local churches (whether they are on the mountain or off the mountain). We do not exist for ourselves – we exist to be the missionary arm of the local church on a desperately unreached college campus. We know that it is incredibly difficult for a local church to minister effectively to its membership, its local community, AND to navigate the complexity of reaching a college campus so we function as a missions outpost directly on campus in the middle of student life.
I for one, love what I get to do! The downside of our ministry is that we can easily and unintentionally float off the radar of the local church. Drifting is a danger that we carefully guard against, and part of our strategy is to try to tell our story more effectively and consistently. This month I’m highlighting our local church partnerships. I want to honor the folks who make BCM of the High Country possible, and I want to illustrate the reality that there is more than one way to partner with us. One size indeed does NOT fit all! This summer I will be providing a detailed list of ways to connect with students through BCM. I would be happy to provide that document for you. Just send me a quick email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know that you’d like to receive it!
Our Current Church Partnerships:
Brushy Fork Baptist Church – provides a meal each semester – part of Church & Chow Road Trip (Progressive Dinner for freshmen)
Dudley Shoals Baptist Church (Granite Falls, NC) – monthly financial support
First Baptist Church of Blowing Rock – provides a meal each semester – monthly financial support – Church & Chow stop
First Baptist Church of Boone – monthly financial support – Church & Chow stop – they allow us to use their facilities for worship
The Heart – provides the entire meal for the cookout at our outdoor first night of worship – monthly financial support
Laurel Springs Baptist Church – provides a meal each semester – hosted a “We Love ASU Day” and invited me to speak about BCM during the Sunday service and took up an offering for BCM – provides vans and drivers to take international students to Wal-Mart when they arrive at ASU – hosts our Leadership Mini-Retreat event and provides a meal – Church & Chow stop
Meat Camp Baptist Church – provides a meal each semester – monthly financial support
Mount Vernon Baptist Church – provides a meal or two each semester – monthly financial support – special financial offering for student summer missions – Church & Chow stop – international student adoptions
Oak Grove Baptist Church – provides a meal each semester – Church & Chow stop
Perkinsville Baptist Church – monthly financial support – provides a meal or two each semester – allows us to use facility space for some events – Church & Chow stop – international student adoptions
South Fork Baptist Church – international student adoption
Three Forks Baptist Church – provides a meal each semester – monthly financial support – sponsors “Welcome to America” cookout for international students – international student adoption
Trinity Baptist Church – provides a meal each semester – Church & Chow stop