GCBA Vision Statement
We are the Gulf Coast Baptist Association: working together to make disciples, develop leaders and start churches locally and globally.
We see those in ministry across our county as one family. As such, we take seriously our role to support, encourage, develop, and care for those on the front line of service. We rebel against the association being a loose confederation of separate entities, and embrace the idea that autonomous churches can also be a united people focused on The Kingdom rather than a kingdom. We believe churches work best when they work in concert with one another, not independently or in competition with one another.
We believe discipleship is leaders developing new leaders to be sent out and not held back. We identify those whom God is calling to leadership, train them to work according to their calling, and mentor and coach them so they can be deployed to the field. Wherever their field is, we relish opportunities to care for them as much as if they were living next door.
We believe that until every person has found a church home, we need to plant more churches. We believe in using any and all innovative means to accomplish this task while staying true to the teachings of Jesus. We believe in multiple approaches, languages, cultures, styles, and locations. We believe in focusing on the field, just as Christ called for chasing after the 1 rather than being satisfied with the 99 at home.
We see Brazoria County as our most immediate charge and a front door to the entire world. Neither is more important. Therefore we will go to any place or people group in the world to which God calls us, using the best practices here and abroad to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. As people of the world cross borders and oceans, culturally contextualized ministries will only become more important in the future. We believe the bride of Christ transcends boundaries, and we affirm the idea of GlobaLocal among our highest values.
Goal: Communities that cooperate to obey the Great Commission
1. Develop communities of leaders who cooperate around the GlobalLocal mission (Create Environment).
- Organize in regional groups (bi-vocational, ethnic, affinity).
- Organize in project groups (unreached people, church starting, etc.).
- Conduct orientation of new and existing leaders.
- Make cooperation a part of the orientation for new leaders to GCBA.
- Intentionally include new people (Mentorship).
2. Discover and communicate the needs and opportunities to individuals through the communities (Communicate News).
- Hold regular meetings of these communities around meals and at other times.
- Use numerous new ways to communicate (Online communities, messaging, Facebook, Twitter, texting, and other means).
- Use GCBA TEAM meetings to communicate information on the activities of the different groups.
3. Provide consistent and effective effort to mobilize and motivate people to be communities that cooperate, forming a “Band of Brothers.”
- Use GCBA TEAM meetings for motivation and inspiration.
- Include as many into the fellowship as we can—no “Loner pastors.”
- Discuss projects and opportunities with the intention of including others.
Goal: New leaders that are sent out and not held back.
What kind of leaders do we need? Leaders that will:
- Participate in GlobaLocal missional activities.
- Participate in church starting as pastors, launch team, mission teams and advocates in existing churches.
- Develop other leaders.
1. Train existing pastors on how to identify and mentor potential leaders.
- Develop curriculum and offer training in community groups.
- Develop training in four key areas:
- Pastoral care.
- Discipleship processes.
2. Train potential leaders.
- Provide a variety of training opportunities:
- Immersion training for missional leaders.
- Cluster of pastors and leaders to expose them to missional principles.
- Residency/internship for church planting.
- Classes on Christian doctrine and vocational skills.
- Mentorship and coaching.
3. Conduct ongoing training for existing leaders.
Goal: GlobaLocal church plants, wherever God leads.
1. Know the need through up-to-date research.
- Know Brazoria County.
- Know beyond.
- Know and research:
- Population centers with forward look to county growth.
- Spiritual conditions.
- People groups.
2. Develop a pipeline.
- Define the characteristics of a church planter.
- Look for God to raise up church planters in the churches as leaders are developed.
- Accept church planter candidates from within GCBA.
- Recruit church planter candidates to plant within GCBA.
- Assess church planter candidates according to:
- Character—Is he godly? (Integrity and discipline)
- Calling—Is he called? (Internal call and external call)
- Competencies—Can he do it? (Experience and skill set)
- Chemistry—How does he lead? (DISC profile/leadership style)
3. Train the leader in:
- Pastoral development.
- Leadership development.
- Strategic planning.
- Launch team development.
- Finances and fundraising.
4. Support the new church through:
Goal: Committed pastors, leaders, and churches around the GlobaLocal vision of disciple making.
1. Create awareness and understanding amongall GCBA churches and leaders oftheGlobaLocal philosophy.
- Expose GCBA churches and leaders to the scope of the GlobaLocal philosophy.
- Conduct orientation for new pastors and leaders.
- Reach out to existing pastors and mission teams.
2. Create a GlobaLocal mindset within all GCBA churches and leaders.
- Intentionally commit GCBA resources to train leaders.
3. Create environments so that GCBA churches and leaders can live and grow as GlobaLocal churches and leaders.
- Intentionally focus GCBA activities to:
- Identify opportunities to be on mission (Develop sending churches).
- Facilitate cooperative efforts among churches (Churches working together in accomplishing the mission).
- Encourage accountability to stay on mission.
- Remind and reinforce GlobaLocal mindsets and methodologies among GCBA churches.