November 16, 2022
What Does Church Planting Have To Do With The Great Commission?
Elder Letter by Mike Laughrun
At TCBC, we talk a lot about the Great Commission. And rightly so. For this year’s Neighbors and Nations (happening right now), we’re focusing on Church Planting.
But what does Church Planting have to do with the Great Commission?
Church planting directly helps us fulfill the Great Commission. For instance, we cannot do all that Jesus has commanded us to do without a local church! Whether that’s to help each other, teach each other, or serve each other. God’s plan all along has been for us to live life together. And when the early believers were persecuted and their lives were disrupted, they responded by planting churches (Acts 11). That in turn paved the way for more people to come to know Jesus.
And while we look around and see many churches in our country, unfortunately, there are not many strong, biblical churches.
And so we strive to plant churches because healthy local churches are vital. Lost people are reached by local churches. Believers are equipped in local churches. Communities are impacted by local churches. And finally, nations are reached from local churches.
How does TCBC pursue Church Planting?
First, we support new Church Plants. This includes prayer support and advice and, often, limited funding. Second, we partner with new Church Plants. This is similar to the above, but on a deeper level. We often send GO Trips/Seasons to these plants. And they visit and help us, as well. Third, we parent new Church Plants. This includes discovering and developing church planters and teams to be deployed locally, nationally and globally. And finally, we cooperate with the thousands of other SBC churches as a part of Send Network (the church planting arm of the North American Mission Board).
To learn more about why church planting is important to us at TCBC, check out this video .
Next year there will be several opportunities to serve alongside our church planting partners around the world. Make plans to be a part of our WE GO 2023 Luncheon on Sunday Nov. 20th! RSVP for that here.
Let’s make Jesus known among our neighbors and the nations,
Elder / Teaching Pastor
Mike Laughrun has served as Lead Pastor at Tri-Cities Baptist Church since January of 2011. He and his wife Jennifer have been married since 1995 and have five children.