In addition to our ministries, the Resurrection also has several functional partnerships with other churches, independent ministries, and our denominational family. There are many helpful ways that a local church can both support and receive help from other healthy Christian groups. We seek organizational relationships that build Jesus' Kingdom, and advance the message of the Gospel.
The Resurrection is committed to partnership with any bible-believing, Gospel-preaching churches and ministries, regardless of denominational stripe. But we do value our own denominational circle, the Southern Baptist Convention.
Below are our current partnerships. Some of these folks mostly help us. Others are brothers and sisters that we support. But in the end all Christian partnership is mutual. We need each other.
We know that Jesus wants his Gospel message and the transformed life it brings to reach every corner of the earth. We actively support God's world mission through partnership with these international ministries.
- Awaken Love is our primary international relationship, reaching orphans in Kenya. See lots more info here.
- The IMB is the one of the largest international ministries in the world, with active missionaries in most every country on earth. Through our involvement in the SBC (see below), our church gives financially as partners of the IMB.
While the Resurrection was originally started as a non-denominational church plant, the Lord Jesus led us to join up with the Southern Baptist Convention, starting in 2013. The SBC is a free affliation of independent churches who have relationships for the sake of mutual help, resourcing, and missions coordination at the national, state, and local levels.
- NATIONAL LEVEL - The SBC is the largest denomination in the United States. We don't say this boastfully; we're just thankful. It's good to have a big family. The SBC is organized as an affiliation, which means that we are all autonomous local churches (under Jesus' leadership), rather than having a top-down bureaucratic leadership structure. We partner together voluntarily for the Gospel in many different capacities.
- NATIONAL LEVEL - NAMB (pronounced NAM-bee) is the missions arm of the SBC that focuses on spreading the Gospel in the United States and Canada. Our church receives financial and practical help through SEND North America, their initiative focusing on St. Louis as a targeted city. Check out our Resurrection profile here.
- STATE LEVEL - Much of our functional partnership happens at the state level, called IBSA. Our state association provides formal oversight of our church through an ongoing relationship with Pastor James. IBSA provides many helpful resources and financial support. The Resurrection also gives financially to help other churches in IBSA.
- LOCAL LEVEL - At the local level, we are members of the Gateway Baptist Association, along with 48 other Baptist churches in the northern half of Metro East St. Louis (Illinois).
- LOCAL LEVEL - This is the association for Baptist churches in the southern half of the St. Louis Metro East. While we are technically in Gateway (see above) and not in MEBA, these leaders and churches are still friends and partners of the Resurrection.
Church Planting Local Partnerships
Church planting is a common phrase in our circles. Planting means to start a new church congregation. The Resurrection is a church plant, and we seek to help and start other church plants. Jesus is leading a fresh movement of new church plants in our area, and we are thankful and committed to this work.
Below are some of our church planting relationships.
- Both PlantMidwest and plantSTLOUIS work hand-in-hand to organize regional church planting events designed to build a regional team of leaders, and to support and start new church plants in our region. Look for upcoming events here and here.
- This is a great church in St. Charles, MO. Refuge practically and financially supports the Resurrection, as well as several other church plants. We are thankful for these great folks, and we just wanted an excuse to give them some "props." (Thanks, partners!)
- The Resurrection does what we are able to support this new church plant in East St. Louis, Illinois, pastored by Kempton Turner. They are holding preview services through spring and summer of 2016, in anticipation of a public launch on September 18, 2016. We are deeply thankful to the Lord for this partnership.
American Bottom Local Partnerships
The Resurrection has a special calling to focus on gospel ministry in the American Bottom river valley, which is the Mississippi River floodplain that surrounds East St. Louis, IL. The American Bottom stretches from Alton to Columbia, and from the St. Louis Arch to Collinsville. There are 30 communities in the valley, and we consider all of them to be our primary field for ministry.
Our hope is to partner with many other healthy churches in our American Bottom region. We plan to develop a new church network with a clear strategy to focus on the whole river valley around East St. Louis. But we are not quite there yet! So currently we engage mostly in partnerships with other churches in Granite City, building relationships for things to come.
- Growing Witness events are inter-congregational gatherings that foster deeper relationships between congregations in the Granite City area. The Resurrection is a founding partner of Growing Witness, along with Emanuel Baptist Church, Lifetide Church, and Solid Rock Community Church. Check our calendar for upcoming Growing Witness events.
- Every quarter, Pastor James and Kristin invite many regional American Bottom pastors, potential church planters, and elder candidates (with all of their wives) to gather for The Pastors Party. This private event gives these leaders a chance to spend the evening together, deepening their relationships, encouraging one another, praying together, and seeking the Lord for his direction over his church. James hopes The Pastors Party is the first big step towards a future American Bottom church network.