LOUISVILLE— The small congregation at New City Church in Louisville is barely one year old can’t afford to send its own missionaries to distant lands. But by joining forces with sister churches across the country, New City is helping to fund some 10,000 missionaries seeking to share the Gospel in the U.S. and around the world.
The first check New City wrote after forming last May was to the Cooperative Program, the vehicle through which funding flows to missions in Kentucky and around the world. And on its first anniversary later this month, the church will have given a total of $10,846.39 to missions through the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
“I am amazed with what this young church plant has accomplished in the name of missions and in the spirit of cooperation,” said Paul Chitwood, KBC executive director. “New City Church is a model of sacrificial giving worthy of being recognized by Kentucky Baptists.”
That kind of sacrificial giving, said New City Pastor T.J. Francis, is part of a greater purpose to answer the Great Commission call and reach more people in Kentucky and beyond for Christ.
“It has to be about the Kingdom with a big ‘K,’” Francis said. “That’s hard for church planters to grasp because every day you are thinking, ‘Is this church going to be here next month?’ We decided before we launched that if New City Church wasn’t here next year, that’s OK, but for the time we are here we have to be focused on something bigger than New City.”
Francis said without the Cooperative Program, “I don’t believe any one church could scratch the surface of answering the call of the Great Commission. I think we take the greatness out when we try to do it as individuals.”
Among New City’s core values, Francis said, is to strive to be strategically missional, which explicitly states giving to the Cooperative Program.
“And, for us, that’s a minimum of 10 percent,” the church planter said.
New City is one of a growing number of church plants in the state that receives financial support from the Cooperative Program through the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
by Robin Cornetet, marketing and media relations associate