GBBA Pipeline February 9, 2012

Greater Boston Baptist Association
February 9, 2012

Antioch Baptist Church

invites you to attend!

Frank Page

Dr. Frank Page, Pastor of First Baptist Church Taylors and President of the Southern Baptist Convention will speak at the 21st church anniversary of Antioch Baptist Church on the Lord’s Day,  

March 11th  

at 1:30 p.m. in Watertown, MA

(111 Mt. Auburn St.).

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Ethnic Fellowship for Pastor’s Interested in Church Planting


Paul Kim retirement


Pastor Paul Kim will host this first fellowship at his home (254 Concord Avenue in Cambridge) at 8 a.m. with breakfast – on Saturday, March 17, 2012. The group is limited to 12 ethnic pastors at each fellowship. It is a monthly event starting with the 3rd Saturday in March and the 3rd Saturday each month thereafter.  Each pastor will take a turn at hosting the fellowship in their home.   


The focus will be on the Church Planting Movement in the GBBA and how we can network together. The pastor’s vision and his leadership is the key to Church Planting. Pastor Kim believes it will begin in Boston and it is up to us to challenge other associations in SBC to do likewise.


In December all participating ethnic pastors and their family members will celebrate at a church with a Christmas party with ethnic foods!

If you would like to participate or have more questions about this Fellowship please contact Pastor Kim at:  617-877-1930 or e-mail:  

Disaster Relief Training   

Friday – Saturday   Disaster Relief

February 17-18, 2012 


LOCATION for the Boston area:   

Community Christian Center

45 Pauline St   

Winthrop, MA 02152-2943  


FEES: There is a $15 fee for credentials in the Basic Disaster Relief course. Each SBC Disaster Relief Servant Volunteer has to have a valid background check as part of their certification. There are also uniform pieces (hat and shirt) available for sale. 

Friday evening 6pm to 9pm and Saturday 8:30am to 4:00pm

Please let us know you are coming by registering at this link so we can prepare.

Trainings will be done in the following:
  • Basic Training to be a SBC D.R. servant
  • Mud-Out Recovery
  • Feeding
  • Assessment
  • Possibly: Chain-Saw Recovery

Evangelism Conference

Join the BCNE’s Evangelism Conference on…


March 2-3, 2012

At Grace Baptist Church

353 River Rd Hudson, MA 01749-2627 

The Registration Deadline is Feb. 10, 2012 (In order to get the $5 discount). In order to register, you will need to do two things:


1.   1.Register Online for the Conference with the BCNE.   

  • BCNE early bird registration fee ends on 2/6/12 for $30.00 afterwards until the conference price goes up to $35.00.
  • The Pre-Conference Luncheon with Dr. Troy Bush will be an additional cost $10.00 for those attending
  • If you do not have a username and password in order to register at our site, you will need to create one. You can also contact the BCNE directly for help or registration (508-393-6013, RECEPTION@BCNE.NET  or ext. 0)
2. Make  Reservations for a hotel room directly with a local hotel. Be sure to ask for the group rate for our event that we’re getting with either hotel which is $115 + tax = $119. 

We have many rooms blocked at both of these hotels under the title of Evangelism Conference.    

Holiday Inn Express
Coolidge Street
Hudson, Massachusetts, USA 01749

Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites
265 Lakeside Avenue
Marlboro, Massachusetts, USA 01752


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?     



Dear Pastors,

This year NAMB is continuing with the plan to “Reach Across America” with the Gospel of Jesus.  We can participate here in the GBBA and be a part of that outreach.


If you as The Pastor will commit to:

1. Teach your people to prayer walk your community. (Randy       Sprinkle is available from BCNE for any help needed)

2. Train your people on Evangelism,  (Training help is available)

3. Pass out your invitations and door hangers.


You can go to the BCNE Website under Evangelism, sign up and BCNE will make $250 available to you to start your outreach programs for the Spring. These funds can be used for any outreach program for Evangelism, flyers, printing, movie showing, block parties, etc


There will be so much going on this year from NAMB & BCNE  for evangelism through events.  There is a great amount of help being offered that is geared to help you in church growth.  All this information can be found on the BCNE website.

Please take advantage of all that is available.

Please call us at the GBBA and let us know how we can help.


May The Lord Bless all you do for His Kingdom.

In His Service,

Dick May, Evangelism Director, GBBA


The Greater Boston Baptist Association relates to churches to facilitate, equip, encourage and resource them as they fulfill the  Great Commandment and the Great Commission.

754 Greendale Avenue

Needham, Massachusetts 02492 



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CRC Weekly – January 26, 2012

Hi CRC! Here’s your WEEKLY!


This Friday-Sunday, January 27-29th, we will be taking 6 teenagers from the Washington St Complex to join approximately 300 other students at Encounter Winter Retreat in Jaffrey, NH where Pastor Josh will be preaching. Thank you to everyone who gave to sponsor these students. Please keep Pastor Josh, our six students, and our two small group leaders in prayer this weekend.


Our next Kids Connect will be February 4th from 9:30am-Noon. We will meet at the Housing Complex then we’ll be heading to Fallon Field in Roslindale for our sledding outreach, followed by hot chocolate. If there is no snow we will do an alternative regular Kids Connect. There is a required training at 5:30 PM on January 29th for anyone interested in serving this month’s Kids Connect. If you are interested in serving and mentoring these students, please email [Kristina Johnson] for more info. 


The Washington-Beech Housing Complex in Roslindale is in need of after school one on one tutors and mentors. If you are interested in helping serve these students one day a week for 1-2 hours, contact [Syndal] for more information. This is a great opportunity to build lasting relationships with students and their families!

Sunday, February 5th, is Super Bowl Sunday with kick off at 6:30pm. We are always encouraging you to live with intentionality with regards to our mission to make disciples. Since Super Bowl Sunday is a great opportunity to connect, we will push our regular 6pm Worship Gathering to 4-5:15pm on February 5th. Take this opportunity to gather with friends, neighbors, coworkers, and members of our church family!

 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:12-14

Enjoy your weekend and we will see you on Sunday!


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GBBA Pipeline – Newsletter Jan 26, 2012

Greater Boston Baptist Association
In This Issue
Lunar New Year
Disaster Relief Training
Parenting Conference
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International Missions in Boston: Celebrate Lunar New Year with over 1 billion people


Thanks for prayers for our first associational international mission event for 2012. Over one billion people around the world will celebrate Lunar New Year this week. You can too. Join a celebration with others from around the world on Saturday evening, January 28, 2012 at 6:00 pm in Cambridge. Email me for more information at:

Rev. Michael Dean

International Ministries Coordinator



January 26, 2012

Disaster Relief Training

Disaster Relief Training   

Friday – Saturday   Disaster Relief

February 17-18, 2012 


LOCATION for the Boston area:   

Community Christian Center

45 Pauline St   

Winthrop, MA 02152-2943  


FEES: There is a $15 fee for credentials in the Basic Disaster Relief course. Each SBC Disaster Relief Servant Volunteer has to have a valid background check as part of their certification. There are also uniform pieces (hat and shirt) available for sale. 

Friday evening 6pm to 9pm and Saturday 8:30am to 4:00pm

Please let us know you are coming by registering at this link so we can prepare.

Trainings will be done in the following:
  • Basic Training to be a SBC D.R. servant
  • Mud-Out Recovery
  • Feeding
  • Assessment
  • Possibly: Chain-Saw Recovery


First Baptist Church Chelsea Parenting Conference
The Greater Boston Baptist Association relates to churches to facilitate, equip, encourage and resource them as they fulfill the  Great Commandment and the Great Commission.

754 Greendale Avenue

Needham, Massachusetts 02492


Marc Simeon covenants to bring Haitian church into the family

NEEDHAM. MA – From right: Pastor Marc Simeon with sponsor church pastor Emmanuel Fontaine.  Behind: Eileen Fullerton of the GBBA with NAMB Strategist Joe Souza.

NEEDHAM, MA – A mission that began in Haiti and led to Boston nearly 27 years ago has come full circle. And Pastor Marc Simeon is “back in Boston for good,” he exclaimed last December as he signed a covenant agreement to become a member of the Boston Church Planting family.

It was at that End-of-the-Year Christmas party in 2011 he made things official, but it was actually in the late 1960s, early 1970s when his story began in Haiti.

“I can’t remember a time when I did not know Jesus, ” said Simeon, who grew up a the son of a deacon and singer in the local church. His father later made it to the U.S. and in 1985, at the age of 18, Simeon came to join him in Boston.

Simeon began his Christian service in earnest then in 1986 at Bethesda Haitian Baptist Church. “I was teaching Sunday schools, presiding over services as youth leader and I began to sense a call,” Simeon said.

He married in 1992, and moved to Orlando, FL to serve with Philadelphia Haitian Baptist Church. He moved back to Boston the first time in 1997, when “the call was so obvious I began going to Bible school.” He completed his undergrad in Pastoral Care and Urban ministry at Gordon Conwell. He was ordained in 2001 back at Bethesda.

Just two years later, Simeon answered the call to further his theological training and found himself at Mid-America Baptsit Theological Seminary in Germantown TN. His travels continued: he moved to Georgia in 2007 then back to Orlando, and finally in what he sensed as a surrender-type of moment, back to Boston, the place his ministry had begun. It was July, 2010 and it was time to start a church.

“I knew I wanted to to start a Baptist church,” he said. And in August of that year Christ the Rock Congregation, located at 535 Canton Avenue in Milton, MA was born.

 Simeon finally connected with NAMB Strategist Joe Souza in 2011 and “things started moving fast,” he said. “Joe helped me with all the paperwork and got me plugged in with all the other planters. It was all good to finally connect, and we have been welcomed. We are on the same mission. I even saw people we have not seen since my time at Bethesda. So it was a lot like coming home.”

Contact Marc Simeon at (857) 318-4215

Christmas party a family affair


NEEDHAM. MA – With good tidings of great joy, the Boston Church Planting team welcomed the season of our Savior’s birth with its End-of-the-Year Church Planter Family Celebration. Held on December 9, 2011 at the GBBA, and with the help also of the BCNE, there were more than 120 people in attendance, including our church planters, wives and kids; lots of kids.

It was a time of food, fun, fellowship, and reflection on the True Gift; our Savior Jesus. It was a time to come together in worship and prayer, and gift giving. And in what was surely the highlight of the evening, the kids put together an impromptu singing performance (with a special thanks Jackie Souza).

“It was really cool,” said Jackie’s dad Joe Souza. “She got all of the church planter’s kids, like 40 of them, and did a singing thing. It was like a little Choir.”

Souza, the Boston area Lead Catalyst for NAMB, was beaming on this night, not just for his own daughter, or for the kids on the stage, but for all of the church planters and their families that have given their lives in the service of Christ in the Greater Boston area.

They are veterans. They are brand new planters. They are native New Englanders. They are from Kentucky, Estonia, Brazil and Haiti… All for the King born in a manger in Bethlehem; a merry Christmas indeed.


Medford Team Featured in Baptist Press

Medford’s Redemption Hill was featured in an article by Carol Pipes of Baptist Press last fall. From contextualizing the Medford culture to the back story that led Lead Pastor Tanner Turley and team to the Boston area, this piece is a super snapshot for future planters to gain some valuable perspective.

BOSTON (BP) — Basketball takes teamwork. As the freshman boys basketball coach at Medford High School, Tanner Turley strives to teach his players the importance of working together rather than relying on one or two standout players to win games.

He has the same goal as pastor of Redemption Hill Church in Medford, Mass., five miles from downtown Boston.

Turley, a Nehemiah church planter missionary with the North American Mission Board, moved to Medford last year with his wife Marsha to lead a church planting team that includes two other families — Jon and Leigh Chasteen and Josh and Jessica Miller — and US/C2 missionary Abbey Cook.

“It’s been a tremendous blessing to share the load of ministry with others who are likeminded, who have the same biblical vision for the church and who are committed to living out the Gospel together in the context of a team environment and community of faith,” Turley said of the team planting model.

The Medford team initially focused on investing in the community. …

-> Click here for the full article

Connect with Turley and the whole Redemption Hill scene on the Web at Follow Turley on Twitter. Check out our interview with Turley from March of 2011 here.

Boston Hosts Church Planter Network Leader Training

From NAMB.Net – read the entire article below or click here


By Joe Conway

Church planting leaders from across North America will converge on Boston, September 21-23, to discover the most effective ideas for prayer, strategy development and other essentials for building church-planting networks. The three-day event—led by Gary Irby, a church planting catalyst and church planting director for Seattle Church Planting—is known as the Network Leader School for Church Planting.

The school, co-sponsored by the North American Mission Board, is in part designed for new NAMB church planting strategists to assist them in their new roles.

In addition to Irby, other experienced church planters will lead sessions on recruitment and assessment, coaching, caring for church planter wives, communication practices and ethnic strategies, among many others. The event will also include church planter round table discussions.

“One of the greatest benefits to participants is removing the need to reinvent the wheel,” said Irby. “Learning what strategies and resources are already available will help them leap ahead without needing to start from the ground up. In addition, the school will help them think through areas they may not have addressed previously, or have no experience with.”

The NLS is a three-day intensive experience through which participants immerse themselves in learning, planning and implementation, according to Irby. The process allows participants to jump years ahead by building on the experience of others who have spent more than a decade in developing church planting strategies and systems.

Participants should expect to learn the components of how to put together a working strategy for an effective church-planting network. Whether they are starting from scratch or have bits and pieces already formulated, this school will teach the nuts and bolts (and beyond) of how to lead that network. Beyond head knowledge, the school incorporates exercises designed for the participant to work through their own strategy as they go through the school, Irby said.

Irby said the NLS is for anyone who is currently leading a church-planting network or who plans to do so in the future. “It is for church planting missionaries and strategists, church-planting network leaders, directors of missions, pastors of reproducing churches, missions pastors or anyone who wants to develop their own church planting strategies and systems,” said Irby.

NLS will be hosted at Celebration Church, Stonehill Corporate Center in Saugus, Mass. The event will begin with registration at 8 a.m. on Wednesday and conclude at 3 p.m. on Friday. Registration is $279, which includes event resources, lunches and snacks each day.

To register, or for more information, visit, or contact Natalie Hammond, 425-640-3676.

Joe Conway is a writer for the North American Mission Board.

Date Created: 8/19/2011 4:59:40 PM

Nerger and BCNE to expand

BOSTON – Steve Nerger of the Baptist Convention of New England ( announced today the expansion of the new Web-based initiative at Building on a concept that was launched in April, 2011 with a series of online videos, Nerger and BCNE church planting strategist Joe Souza are moving now into Phase II: identifying and profiling the top 30 target cities for church planting in the greater-Boston area.

“There is such a tremendous need in the Boston area.” Souza said. “Our plan is to profile the top 30 target areas and just keep that momentum going.  We need thousands of churches here. And we have to be able to package vital information online for potential church planters. That is our present push.”

The 30 towns to be studied will be split equally between the North Shore and the South Shore. Each will be organized on into a new sub-site called “inTown,” where demographic data, images and testimonials will drive home the core message of each community. The end goal of the current project, according to Nerger, is to really relate to potential church planters the vibe of a town; its strengths, challenges, and needs.

And in Boston, an area that is less than two percent evangelical, there are sure to be certain aspects of a community that are shared across community lines. Yet, each town still has its own history, its own character and culture. That’s why they call them “townies” up here.  There is a deep, long tradition of family and town pride that has been forged primarily by Catholicism and Universalist type of world view thinking.

Still, a God-breathed blitz of  Southern Baptist church planters coming to Boston over the last two years has given Souza and Nerger a lot to be encouraged about.

“Boston church planting is on the move,” Souza said. “Our hope is that God will continue to send church planters here, and that we will be able to steer them faithfully into effective ministries in our communities.”

Chris Willis Church Planter Boston Weymouth

BOSTON –  announced today the launch of its interview and video with Chris Willis, church planter and pastor of Discovery Church, Weymouth, MA.

Weymouth –A lot of things start to look a lot different as you head south from Boston toward the Cape. Other things just don’t change at all. Listen in as Pastor Chris Willis takes you into the heart of Discovery Church and the community he is serving in Weymouth.

Click here for the Weymouth page.


Chris Bass Church Planter Boston Watertown

BOSTON –  announced today the launch of its interview and video with Chris Bass, church planter and pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church, Watertown, MA.

Watertown –One of the greatest challenges in planting a church in Boston is finding an affordable place to meet. Most look for a school or maybe a storefront. Chris Bass bought a 35,000 SF church in Watertown, MA. It is definitely not the norm. Find out how and why inside Redeemer Fellowship Church

Click here for the Watertown page.