Tharptown Baptist Church Missions (TBC Missions) provides the framework, resources, and opportunities for our church members to honor the Great Commission by spreading the Gospel in our community, across our country, and around the world. We currently dedicate 20-25% of our annual receipts to missions. In addition to our local missions work, we give generously to the Cooperative Program, the International Mission Board, Franklin Baptist Association and HeartCry Missionary Society. If someone in our church has a passion and calling for spreading the gospel to a particular area, we try to find a way help make it happen. Some of our recent missions endeavors our outlined below.
We believe that our first mission field responsibility lies in own community and surrounding areas. Though we are always looking for new opportunities, we have focused primarily on two areas.
- The Tharptown School campus is within 2 miles of our church. We are always looking for ways to serve on campus. Last year, we formed a “Taste and See” servant team. We did this so that through community service, people might “taste and see” that the Lord is good.
- We have also made a concerted effort to reach our the Hispanic population in Franklin County. Our Hispanic mission church, Iglesia Cristiana Nueva Vida, has been the primary means that our church has been involved in this important outreach.
At TBC, we believe missions begins at home and extends to the entire world!
In North America
TBC has sponsored several mission trips to Vermont, we even sent two summer missionaries there a couple of years ago to act as youth ministers for a congregation. A small group of our members go on annual church building trips in partnership with our local Franklin County Baptist Association. Past trips include Wisconsin, Louisiana, Indiana, West Virgina, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Texas, and New York. And, Chip Martin, our immediate past pastor just moved to Montrose, Colorado to help a small group of christians plant a church (www.celebrationmontrose.com). Perhaps opening a new opportunity for North American Missions.
Around the Globe
Recent international mission trips from our church include junkets to Peru, Venezuela and Guatemala.
We have partnered with Heart Cry Missionary Society to support missionary work in northeast India in an area lying in what is known as the 1040 window; which has the highest concentration of non-Christians in the world. God has enabled us to fully financially support one missionary who lives in northern India near the Kingdom of Bhutan and to provide educational support for other missionaries in training.