The mission of the Small Attendance Church Ministry is to strengthen pastors and the Small Attendance Church they lead.
SAC Ministry Advisory Council
2016 marks the launch of the SAC Ministry Advisory Council of Bi-Vocational Pastors comprised of pastors from different regions of the state! The advisory council will provide bi-vocational and SAC pastors the opportunity to not only fellowship with their peers, but to develop strategies for encouraging, equipping, and engaging other Bi-vocational and SAC pastors in the state of Oklahoma.
Implementing a Biblical Vision in the Church
The purpose of this total church seminar is to assist the pastor and the church’s vision team in guiding the church to develop Great Commission strategies which would lead the church to be intentionally evangelistic in their communities, missional in the world, and stronger in their commitment to the Cooperative Program. This two-day seminar will culminate with short-term and long-term action plans presented to the church membership for prayerful consideration. Once adopted by the church, the action plans will serve as a guide for the church in the coming months and years.
The Power of the Cross Revival
An effective way to “breathe life” into a church and to proclaim the Gospel to the unchurched is the revival meeting. The SAC Strategist will guide the pastor and other volunteers from the church through the process of preparation for revival. This usually begins 60 days before the planned revival meeting. If the pastor desires, the SAC ministry will assist the church in enlisting a preaching evangelist and a music evangelist to come and serve the church. Each church participating is expected to make a commitment to do everything possible to make this revival a success.
The Robert Haskins School of Christian Ministry
The Robert Haskins School of Christian Ministry is a non-degree online education program that brings affordable ministry training tailored to your ministry needs. The RHSCM teaches the minister practical ministry skills, as well as, encourages the minister’s personal spiritual formation. Classes include, but are not limited to, preaching, pastoral ministry, evangelism, prayer, and biblical spirituality. Each minister who enrolls in the school is assigned an experienced mentor/coach who understands the needs of the minister in the specific context of his ministry. The goal of the RHSCM is to ultimately equip the pastor with the skills needed to lead the church he serves to be a Great Commission church.
I regularly have the privilege of preaching in our smaller in attendance churches. I often tell these churches that they need not feel alone because they are the majority size among Oklahoma Baptist churches. Indeed, the smaller in attendance church is vital to our ability to impact our state with the Gospel and to see followers of Christ discipled.
Churches like yours are the heart of Oklahoma Baptists and are the focus of much of the resources and ministry of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO). This booklet is designed to place in your hands a resource that will assist you in finding the help you need to lead your church to be on mission for Christ. We want you to be able to easily find BGCO staff members who can help you serve more effectively, and we want to make connecting with the BGCO and its staff a very easy step for you.
The BGCO’s greatest privilege and desire is to assist and extend the ministry of your church. Our ministry focus is to serve you. To quote Scripture, “You have not but because you ask not.” The only reason we have not served you or your church is because we have not been asked.
I am so pleased that Dr. Phil Jones is the BGCO point man for smaller in attendance churches. He understands your challenges and desires to serve you. Please call on him.
Our prayer is that this guide will assist you to know who and what is available from the BGCO to impact your church’s ministry.
Yours in Christ,
Anthony L. Jordan