VIDEO: Mission Team Training

When you come and serve the church planters of New England and Greater-Boston, you become part of God’s story in one of the most influential and least-reached places in North America.

And to be most effective in the field, teams need to prepare.

This training video takes you right into the thoughts and needs of the planters, and those they are trying to serve.

If you are already coming to serve a plant in New England or Boston, we pray this training serves you well. Use it in your first team meeting or even in your informational meetings.

And if you are still just thinking about whether God would use you to bring a team up here, we pray this video will help you get to a firm decision, whatever that decision is.

We have hundreds of teams coming throughout the year. They are a tremendous help to our work here. Get involved. Contact Joe Souza – Boston Church Planting – (617) 259-4638.

Missionary Couple Comes to Serve Boston Planters, Teams

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Scott and Lori Jabloski are short-term missionaries in Boston… kinda.

Moving from the Atlanta area to Revere, MA in early June, 2014, the Jablonskis have come for at least the summer to serve church planters by coordinating and assisting with mission teams and events.

And they didn’t waste any time. The week they arrived, they ran point on the Boston Church Planting family picnic in Winthrop with a mission team of 70+ from First Baptist Church Prattville, AL. The next day, the Jablonskis were back at it, setting up for the same team to lead worship for an outdoor Sunday service in Malden, MA.

First to arrive and last to leave. Nothing new for Scott and Lori.

“That’s just how we roll,” said Scott, 40.

It is a new season of ministry. After 19+ years in youth ministry in the local church, the Jablonskis are officially MSC Missionaries with the North American Mission Board, which means 100 percent of their support is raised through partnerships with faithful friends, families, and churches.

If you are a Boston church planter and you have not connected with the Jablonskis please email or call Scott at (404) 788-1240

The following is taken from their profile page on NAMB.net:

Partnering together to equip and encourage Church Planters of Boston!1023666_203144453886

Over the past year, God has continued to burden our hearts for the lost in Boston. It is overwhelming as you consider that less than 3% of people in Boston are evangelical. Currently there are 42 church planters trying to reach over 3.9 million in the greater Boston area. These church planters face many hardships – relocating their families to a new area, engaging a difficult culture, and trying to building a church from the ground up, all the while working a full-time job. So this summer, Lori and I will be traveling up to Boston to work alongside these planters. We are excited about the opportunity to encourage, equip and help with logistics. We invite you to join us in three specific ways:

1. We need prayer partners. Ministry is difficult and spiritual warfare is real. God is moving mightily in Boston. We need people to lift Lori and I up while we are on the ground, as well as lifting up the church planters in prayer. 

2. We need people/teams to come and serve. There is so much to be done in Boston and countless opportunities to serve. Contact me about opportunities.

3. We need financial partners. It is very expensive to live and work in Boston. Housing is one of the biggest expenses. Besides, we will be keeping our apartment in Atlanta. Thankfully Scott’s boss has been gracious enough to give him 8 weeks off to go and serve. However this means we will not have his income during the summer. Please consider how you can help invest into these planters, Boston and eternity. 

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like further information about Boston. Scott’s email is pastorjabo@gmail.com. 

Also you can follow Scott’s blog about Boston. Here is the link: pastorjabo.blogspot.com

“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Luke 10:2 

Vision Tour Dates for 2014: April 29, September 30

Vision tours are among the greatest ways we have seen God connecting people to church planters and our city. They are informative, fun and often sobering times for pastors and leaders who come from afar to get a sense for the lostness and need for the gospel here. They are great times for our planters to share their stories and meet new firends; friends who can have a lasting impact through prayer, service and support.

We are excited to be hosting at least two such tours this year:

  • April 29-30, 2014
  • September 30-October 1, 2014 [clear /]

Contact our NAMB City Coordinator, Curtis Cook, for information about getting involved.

 

Vision tours create win-win for Christ in Boston

Myke Wilkerson, Brandon and Miryam Allison from Truevine Church in Revere, MA address potential partners yesterday in Cambridge, MA

CAMBRIDGE, MA – They would not have met otherwise. Tonight, they are eating cannolis together at the famous Mike’s Pastries in the North End of Boston’s downtown.

Sometimes that is what it takes for a pastor in Texas to really understand what church planting in Boston is like. Other leaders came from other states too. Five men in all, they came for a two-day vision tour September 17 and 18 to meet with almost a dozen planters from the Greater-Boston area.

“It is great to be able to come and just get our feet on the ground,” said one pastor, this one from Tennessee.

They were all in Boston for the event hosted by Curtis Cook and Joe Souza. Both are pastors in Boston. Both serve also as North American Mission Board ambassadors. Cook, of Hope Fellowship in Cambridge where the event was held, is officially Boston’ s SEND NA City Coordinator, while Souza, from Celebration Church in Saugus, is Boston’s Lead Church Planting Catalyst. These are the men charged and called to assist church planters both coming to Boston, and maybe just as importantly staying in Boston.

“Our new church failure rate over the last five years has been zero percent,” Souza said, as he addressed the group.

The emphasis is on long-term partnerships. And praise the Lord, through Cook’s efforts and with some help from other state conventions, the second of two visions tours this year was a blessing to all those involved.

“I am excited to be here,” said a pastor from North Carolina.  “We are here to ask God how our church can be on mission specifically in this place.”

They met in the church. They rode on the T together, and had dinner together in Boston. Altogether, it was just maybe six or eight hours. But the new relationship can last a lifetime, and impact lives for the kingdom exponentially.

“Long-term partnerships are the key,” Souza said. “We cannot rely on NAMB funding to get these guys to that five-year mark. It has to be a combination of a maturing congregation, NAMB support and mainly outside partners who can help carry the load.

“I am praying all the time for more and more solid partnerships. And praise the Lord, through these vision tours and other ways, we are seeing real fruit.”

 

End-of-the-Year Party a huge blessing

Boston Church Planting End-of-the-year Party 2012 from Boe Ellis on Vimeo.

WATERTOWN, MA – Church planting in Boston is a family affair. Praise the Lord the family is growing, as more then 200 planters, wives and kids were in attendance for the third-annual Boston Church Planting  End-of-the-Year Party on November 30, 2012 in Watertown.

“This is what we are all about,” said pastor / planter Tom Cabral from Fall River, MA. “We drove like an hour and a half to be here. It’s great to be with the guys. It’s great for our wives to get together. And it’s great for the kids.”

It was a great time for everyone involved. The kids all received early Christmas presents compliments of Steve Nerger and the Baptist Convention of New England. And the pastors, apprentices, staff members and their wives, compliments of Micah Millican and the North American Mission Board, all received gift cards as just a small token of gratitude for their steadfast work in one of the least reached areas in North America.

Yet, for all the great food, fellowship, great music and gifts. nothing compares with family. Boston Church Planters have got each other’s backs, and their families’ too.

“This is just something we feel we should do,” said Joe Souza, NAMB Lead Catalyst for the area. “We want our planters to know if you come to Boston, you will never be alone. And Christmas is just the perfect time to love on our guys, their wives, their families and their kids. It’s just awesome what God is doing here in Boston.

“Three years ago, we may have had 25 people at this event. And just look at the way God is growing our family. I am very, very humbled and amazed by the whole thing.”

Amazing indeed. As the kids were grabbing for toys it was Souza, Master of Ceremonies, introducing the band from his own Celebration Church in Saugus, MA. And earlier it was Souza’s wife Patricia, and his sister Anna, with the help of Bree Cobb from the BCNE, serving up all the food. Still earlier, all of their kids got in on the action putting out tablecloths and setting up.

And to think just nine years ago the Souzas were not even in Boston. Neither were most of the families present at the dinner. Souza made light of this fact recognizing the “grandfather” in the room, Curtis Cook, lead planter from Hope Fellowship which was planted  in Cambridge, MA in 2003. Other old-timers included James Thomasson who planted in Taunton, MA in 2006.

Since that time no fewer than two dozen planters from all over the world have answered God’s call to come and plant in Boston. And they are starting now to raise up and send out planters from multiple church planting centers.

So, as the Boston Church Planting family celebrated the end of 2012, it was also preparing to welcome in 2013, a year in which it has already more than 20 planters in the pipeline; planters like Shane Colwell who with his wife Amy arrived in Greater Boston just two weeks ago to plant in Worcester, MA; or planters like Brandon Allison who with his wife Miriam and a team from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, TX arrived just three months ago to plant a church in Revere.

They come – all of them – to proclaim what has been called by many the greatest miracle of all, that the Son of God would come and live among them.

And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased! (Luke 2:10-14)

“What a blessing,” Souza commented after the party. “It’s great that it’s over and we don’t have to have a heart attack anymore. But, it’s greater that everybody had a good time, and they know how much we really love them and thank them for their work for the Kingdom.”

Faith Day at Fenway – coming September 9 (RSVP by Sept 1)

Faith Day at Fenway

Sunday, September 9, 2012, 5:30 p.m.

Baseball Chapel would like to invite you to Fenway Park on Sunday September 9, 2012 for Faith Day, a free event where people of faith can join together and enjoy music and fellowship.

The event will feature testimonials by Adrian Gonzalez, Mark Melancon, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and others.

The event will begin shortly after the conclusion of the Red Sox game (approximately 5:30pm), when Gate D (corner of Yawkey Way and Van Ness), will open to welcome guests.

Please RSVP by Sept 1 by emailing FAITHDAY@REDSOX.COM [clear /]

Contact:

Bland Mason
Email: bland@coahchurch.org

Christ’s Harvest 2012: BCNE to host evangelism conference

When: Fri.-Sat., March 2-3, 2012

Where: Grace Baptist Church (353 River Rd, Hudson)

How Much: Cot is $35.00. Pre-Conference Luncheon with Dr. Troy Bush is an additional $10.00.

Meals: Friday dinner, Saturday lunch included.

Register: Register Online, or call (508) 393-6013, or email RECEPTION@BCNE.NET

Hotel: Goup rate is $119 at either hotel below:

Holiday Inn Express
Coolidge Street
Hudson, Massachusetts, USA 01749
http:www.expressmarlboro.com/

Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites
265 Lakeside Avenue
Marlboro, Massachusetts, USA 01752
http:holidayinn.com

About: This conference is designed for pastors, church planters and church leaders in order to inform, inspire and bring refreshment to ministry. As with past Evangelism Conferences, the theme centers on one of the elements of our Laws of the Harvest Evangelism Strategy for churches. This year, we will highlight Harvest Gathering.Harvest is the culmination of the process. Harvest time involves the effective partnering of those who have sown with those who now reap those ready to worship God through His Son Jesus Christ. How intentional is your church harvesting and following up the harvest so the cycle continues?

Boston CP event at Liberty University February 28

Save the date. Boston Church Planting will be representing in Lynchburg, VA later this month at Liberty University during its Church Planting Emphasis Week.

Event: ** Free food and time to hang with students **

When: Tuesday February 28, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Religion Hall 116

Who: James Thomasson from Taunton will be traveling in fact to Josh Wyatt’s alma mater. Josh will be representing and promoting from Boston.

Why: Our purpose in Lynchburg, VA, and at all the seminaries or anywhere else we travel is to promote church planting in Boston for the glory of Christ; to share the need for the gospel in our area and to encourage students and future church planters to pray and to come!

Flyer: [ Click here to download .pdf ] Thank you for promoting this event to anyone you know in that part of the country.

Contact Boe Ellis for info: info@bostonchurchplanting.com, (9 1 9) 6 7 1 – 9 8 7 1.