Greater Boston Vision Trip
September 26-October 1
HISTORY and CURRENT:
Since 2005, BOM has sent mission teams to the New England area. The purpose is to assist pastors, church planters, and other leaders in reaching their communities for Christ. This has involved a wide-range of opportunities such as evangelistic outreach, children’s ministry, sports clinics, block parties, prayer walks, leadership training, and all forms of construction. Initially, most of this activity took place in Vermont, with some opportunity in New Hampshire and Maine. Recently, the Baptist Convention of New England (BCNE) has asked for assistance in working with leaders in the Greater Boston area, primarily focusing on the ethnic churches that are so strategic to what God is doing there.
WHY GREATER BOSTON and WHY ETHNIC CHURCHES?:
Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and, with a population of nearly 695,000, is the largest city in the six New England states. After New York City, Boston is the second-most multiethnic city on the east coast. According to DataUSA, nearly 37% of the households in Boston speak a foreign language at home as their primary language! Anglos make up just 45% of the population. African Americans make up 22.2%. Hispanics make up 13%. Nearly 10% of Bostonians are Asian, primarily Chinese. These demographics highlight the importance of planting and nurturing ethnic churches in Boston. Many partnering churches come to Boston to assist the ministry of primarily Anglo churches. But, in order to truly reach this strategic city for Christ the need to nurture churches within the many ethnic groups is paramount. God has opened the door for North Carolina Baptists to play a part. We need dedicated partners!
THE VISION TRIP:
A team, comprised of up to 3 leaders from three different Baptist Associations who are prayerfully open to the possibility of cultivating a long-term (3 years or more) partnership, will travel to Massachusetts. There, they will meet leadership, see and hear what God is already doing in the area, and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit as to how they may come alongside these congregations for support, encouragement, and mutually-agreed upon mission endeavors. Dates of the vision trip are Monday, September 26-Friday September 30, 2022.
The team will travel to Northborough, MA on Monday, September 26 and will stay at the Luther Rice Lodge, which is operated by the BCNE. Schedule will include: 1) daytrips to local churches and ministries on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in small groups to meet and talk with pastors; 2) suppers with Haitian, Brazilian, and Hispanic pastors and their wives on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights 3) discussion with BCNE leadership as to the need and strategic ways NC partners can best help; 4) daily discussion, debrief, and a plan of action as to how a partnership relationship can be set up. The team will depart for North Carolina on Friday, September 30.
Costs will include travel to Boston, lodging, meals, and some local transportation costs. Baptists on Mission can arrange travel to Logan International, and airport pickup, for those who wish to fly. If some choose to drive, that is certainly an option as well. Housing options are available mid-way (Harrisburg, PA) if desired. Lodging at the Rice Lodge will be $25 per person per night. Breakfast will be prepared at the Rice Lodge, team members will buy lunch out in the field each day, and supper will be enjoyed in fellowship with pastors and their wives each night.