Archive for April, 2015

Happy Birthday Brazos Pointe!

We’re 14 years old!

As we begin our 15th year, BPF is still a church for the unchurched, guiding people to take their next step with God. We continue to form local partnerships with new church plants like Crossover Community in Freeport and CityView in Pearland. This year we began a relationship with the Houston Church Planting Network and increased our footprint with Send Seattle, a church planting initiative with the North American Mission Board (NAMB). Globally we remain engaged with the IMB (International Mission Board) and our mission partners in Mexico, Bolivia, Kenya and Cambodia.

Why all the partnerships? Because our mission stretches beyond Southern Brazoria County. These relationships also keep us outward focused, serving as reminders that it’s not about us – it’s about people who haven’t yet met Jesus. When we see all that God has allowed us to be a part of, we can’t help but be grateful.

That’s why we celebrate our birthday each year with a World Missions Offering.

We will gather it this Sunday morning. Three-fourths of what you give will be sent to the IMB and NAMB to support overseas missionaries like our own Kevin & Lauren Glenn in Southeast Asia. It will also help start new churches in mostly unchurched U.S. cities like Seattle. Each year we send the remaining 25% to a church or gospel-centered ministry that inspires us in our own mission.

This year’s designee is CityView Church in Pearland. Just over a year old, they are already having a significant impact on southern Harris and northern Brazoria Counties. As they search for land to build a permanent campus to house their growing numbers, they are preparing to launch two more churches nearby. That’s bold.

Let’s encourage their boldness with our greatest offering of thanks ever.

If this is your first year to participate in the World Missions Offering I challenge you to give at least $25. If you have given before, I have a greater challenge – consider doubling what you gave last year. That’s what Kathy and I will do. With grateful generosity we can help share the gospel, literally around the world.

Live bold,

Greg

A Special Guest Sunday

We’re honored to have Jason Crandall, founding pastor of CityView Church, with us this Sunday morning. CityView Church in Pearland is the special designee of our church’s 2015 World Missions Offering, an offering we collect each year to celebrate our church’s birthday. We turned 14 this month!

Each year we highlight a special project to receive one fourth of the World Missions Offering. More on that in a moment. The remaining 75% goes to our primary missions’ partners, the International (IMB) and North American (NAMB) Mission Boards. I just returned from Seattle where our gifts to NAMB are fueling an unprecedented church planting movement. This offering will support our partners there along with thousands of other IMB and NAMB missionaries in planting new churches around the world.

Now about CityView. We began a partnership with Jason and this new church in Pearland just last year. Our collaboration includes monthly financial support along with advisory help as needed. Though CityView is located in the northern part of our county it is, for all practical purposes, a Houston church. Houston, much like Seattle, is ethnically diverse and growing in population. In fact, Houston is now the most ethnically diverse city in America. And because so much of its growing population is unchurched, it could be said that Houston is no longer a part of the so called “Bible Belt.”

Sunday morning Jason will tell us about this city to the north that may be a bit different than the city we think we know. He’ll give us an up close view of the community his church is reaching, and explain how our offering can make a huge impact. Our challenge will be to return the following weekend, on May 3rd and give our greatest World Missions offering ever.

Live Bold,

Greg