When I was serving as a pastor in Vermont, ministry often felt harder than when I served in other places. But knowing that I was not alone helped me get through many challenges. When our church needed to paint our steeple, volunteers, and funds, came from many other churches to help us complete the project. And when a church planter across the state needed extra hands for a ministry project, we often took a van full of people from our church to provide those helping hands. When we work together as New England Baptists, we can see Christ-followers multiplied in great ways across our region.
While the concept of working together could be implemented without any formal plan, just imagine what might be accomplished if we banded together in an organized way to help with specific needs across our region.
This is the idea behind the New England Mission Emphasis (formerly called the Beulah Peoples Offering). The emphasis focuses on five New England projects with the potential to impact lives throughout the region. Each of these projects is unique and strategic. And the churches the projects represent need our help. They need us to stand with them in their hour of need and they need us to do it in an organized and focused way.
Those needs are:
Roof repairs for an inner-city house that provides a stable environment for woman who are new Christians and are coming out of difficult, unstable circumstances.
Ministry supplies for a church of Brazilian immigrants that is starting an English service to stop the second generation from becoming spiritually disconnected.
Resources for volunteers to organize a Vermont-wide youth discipleship weekend for teens – many of whom lack Christian friends because their churches are so small.
Tools to outfit an empty Disaster Relief trailer.
Money to help New England pastors and missionaries facing urgent emergency situations.
Would your church choose one or two Sundays to pray for and give to these projects?
To help with awareness, we’ve created a prayer card. (Contact us if you would like more.)
We’ve also put together online resources, including videos and children’s activities. You can find them at www.bnce.net/neme. You’ll also find a list of ideas to help you start brainstorming possible ways to use the resources.
If your church doesn’t take special offerings, we encourage you to make a gift from your budget, then use the resources to promote prayer and to show your congregation how God is using their tithes and offerings for His Kingdom.
Thank you for your passion to see the Gospel transform lives in New England!
Dr. Terry W. Dorsett serves as the executive director of the Baptist Convention of New England.