APRIL 2017 NEWS HIGHLIGHTS
The Quest 18 team met to debrief their experiences after returning from four ministry locations and to discuss how to apply what they have learned through Quest to their Christian walk.
The team of eight adult youth leaders that makes up Journey 4 met for an overnight retreat, including worship with a BCNE Brazilian Congregation, the Lovely Church, in preparation for their upcoming trip to Rio de Janeiro.
Several pastors and leaders from Tennessee, a BCNE convention partner, came to New England on two separate vision trips. The first trip included visiting and encourage seven pastors and planters in central and southwestern Connecticut in view of forming supportive partnerships, while the second involved an immersion experience with an inner city church plant in Hartford.
Disaster Relief New England held their second spring training on April 8 at New Covenant Baptist Church, North Berwick, ME, with more than 40 in attendance. Numerous courses were offered, such as Basics of DR, Sharing Faith in Disaster, Damage Assessment, Flood Recovery and Chain Saw Recovery. The Recovery courses did practical exercises including tear out and mold mitigation at the church.
The Worship Center in Hebron, Conn., hosted a Kids Ministry Forum on April 22. Children's ministry workers from the Worship Center and First Baptist, Manchester joined together to be encouraged and equipped. Facilitators Janiss Fowler from Connecticut and Sandy Coelho from the BCNE presented sessions about the characteristics of preschoolers and children along with how to share the Gospel with children.
The BCNE supported the annual Haitian evangelism conference led by Grace and Faith Christian Church and pastor Emmanuel Fontaine. About 100 attendees representing ten churches came to hear presentations from speakers such as Rev. Paul Daniel, Sam Taylor of GBBA and Rev. Doug Tummey from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The theme of the conference was "Sent so the good news may be heard" based on John 20:21 and Rom. 10:14-15. The conference was hosted at Grace and Faith's new location in Melrose, Mass.
Evangelist Phil Waldrep, who has supported New England Baptist work for many years, hosted a seminar at the BCNE. He spent three hours instructing pastors and leaders in how to create an evangelistic atmosphere in the church and a plan for reaching people. Eighty people registered for the conference, which was held at the BCNE.
In the month of April about 20 leaders were trained to equip church planters and those involved in church planting in healthy growth and development. Thirty individuals were trained to assess candidate couples for their readiness and giftedness in church planting.