The Southern Baptist Convention
For almost 170 years, Southern Baptists have sought to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people everywhere. The Southern Baptist Convention was formed with a Gospel vision. Its founding charter identifies its singular focus: ...for the purpose of eliciting, combining, and directing the energies of the Baptist denomination of Christians, for the propagation of the Gospel...
The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has grown to be a network of more than 50,000 cooperating churches and church-type missions banded together to make an impact of God's Kingdom. While no two Southern Baptist churches are alike, there are certain commonalities that bind Southern Baptists together, regardless of ethnicity, socio-economic status, language, or locale. What we offer here is an overview to help tell the story of what God is doing in and through the people called Southern Baptists.
The Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists (KNCSB)
SHARING - Today's world needs to know, believe and experience the power of the Good News of Jesus Christ more than ever. Our assignment of being His ambassadors and following His commands is a task we cannot ignore.
- Let us encourage every believer to passionately share the truth of Christ in their life context.
- Let us cooperatively ignite a zeal for sharing the transforming power of the Gospel so that today's world can experience a fulfilling relationship with Him.
- Let us be salt and light illustrating God's plan for living out His purpose and plan for life.
STARTING new churches that:
KNCSB churches have banded together to start new churches that have a lasting ministry, that multiply themselves intentionally, that develop church planting leaders, and that transform themselves and their communities into Christlike disciples for the sake of others.
SENDING - We believe that every church should have a vision that includes sending disciples into mission activities to make a loving difference in the lives of those who do not know Jesus
We accomplish this by assisting churches by recruiting, training, and mobilizing their members as disciples of Jesus and by sending them into:
- Their communities
- Their neighboring states and nations
- The nations of the world
- Consultation Weekend - An intensive evaluation of church health with prescriptions for renewed wellness.
- ReFocus - A process of congregational self-discovery to move toward greater church health.
- Coaching - Pastoral, leadership, and congregational coaching offered by trained life and leadership coaches.
The International Mission Board (IMB)
Over 6,000 people groups - 1.7 billion people - still live with little or no access to the Gospel.
IMB is an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest evangelical denomination, claiming more than 40,000 churches with nearly 16 million members.
The North American Mission Board (NAMB)
The North American Mission Board exists to work with churches, associations and state conventions in mobilizing Southern Baptists as a missional force to impact North America with the gospel of Jesus Christ through evangelism and church planting.
We accomplish that through Send North America, our national strategy for mobilizing churches to plant churches and mobilizing church planters and other missionaries to assist with those efforts.
Great Commission Network of Kansas
The GCBNK exists to facilitate, extend, and enlarge the Kingdom of God, the Great Commission ministries of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist churches of Kansas, upon the authority of God’s inerrant Word, to the glory of God the Father, under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
The Baptist Faith and Message 2000 of the Southern Baptist Convention is the statement of faith and message for the GCBNK. It is our belief that this article of faith best interprets and defines the New Testament practice for our network of churches.
Any affiliate church must actively cooperate with the work of the SBC through regular participation and financial support through the Cooperative Program. Any church which has taken action affirming, approving, or endorsing the practice of female senior pastoral service or female deaconate shall not be considered for affiliation with this network of churches. If a church chooses not to affirm, approve, or practice the BFM 2000, they will not be consider as a affiliate church in this network of churches.
The GCBNK declares that it fraternally cooperates with and supports the work of the Southern Baptist Convention and its agencies. As a network of churches in cooperation with the SBC, the GCBNK promotes giving through the Cooperative Program and serves as a conduit for the distribution of CP funds given by networking churches or any agency of the SBC. This network will only affiliate, start and support those works that are in full cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention and affirms and practices the BFM 2000.
Meetings and Proceedings
The GCBNK shall meet as needed at a time and place designated by participating churches. At such meetings, we will encourage an open and honest dialogue and discussion between network churches as to the strategy, missional effort and affiliation between networking churches.
The called Pastors from affiliated churches of the GCBNK will serve as the representatives.