You have the unique privilege to be a part of the inaugural Myers-Mallory State Missions Offering this September. The offering and the week of prayer, September 11-18, are worthy complements to your faithfulness to giving to missions through the Cooperative Program.
Here is another way to support church planters in Alabama and beyond. The “Adopt-A-Planter” plan is a good next step:
- Select 12 couples from your church to make monthly visits to an Alabama planter and his family.
- The purpose is to provide encouragement and prayer support for planters and their families.
- Take the planter and family out to dinner on Saturday night. (Take care of childcare.)
- Take them gifts from your church family.
- Worship with the plant on Sunday. Take the planter and family to lunch on Sunday, if appropriate.
- Bring home fresh prayer requests.
What some Alabama pastors are saying about the “Adopt-A-Planter” plan:
Barry Wilkerson, pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church in Andalusia in Covington Association, says:
“I believe this adoption will benefit our church as we develop a vision to reach Alabama with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We will also know how to better pray and engage in missions in Alabama. Basically, it will help us get out of our comfort zone.”
Johnny Fain, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dothan, says:
“When I first heard of the idea of adopting a church plant in Alabama, I thought to myself: ‘This is a way to help our people be a part of church planting.’ It is a win-win situation! We get to come alongside of a church plant pastor to encourage them in the Lord. The church plant gets encouraged, and we get to be a part of something new and fresh. It is a way to grow the mission spirit and to grow the mission heart in the people of First Baptist Dothan.”
The goal of this new “Adopt-A-Planter” partnership opportunity is to make it easier for your church to partner together with a church planter – to provide the church plant with support through prayer and encouragement, and bring back the energy and excitement of being engaged with missions right here in Alabama.
For more information on Adopt-a-Planter within Alabama, please contact State Missionary Lamar Duke (Lead Church Planting Strategist) at 1-800-264-1225, ext. 332, or (334) 613-2332, firstname.lastname@example.org. For church planters outside Alabama, please contact State Missionary Scotty Goldman at 1-800-264-1225, ext. 387, or (334) 613-2387, email@example.com.