The Savannah Baptist Association is a an affiliation of 65 churches in Chatham, Effingham, and Bryan County here in Georgia, working together to impact people for Jesus Christ and encourage them to enter into a personal, vibrant, relationship with the Lord.
The Georgia Baptist Convention is made up of autonomous, cooperating churches that partner together through the Cooperative Program and special mission offerings and mission efforts to share Jesus Christ across Georgia, throughout North America, and around the world. Our Convention of churches may be best described by our Mission Statement: “The Georgia Baptist Convention is a voluntary association of churches growing in grace, strengthening one another in faith and working together in obedience to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.”
Churches give through the Cooperative Program and the Mission Georgia Offering to support the missionaries and ministries of the Georgia Baptist Convention. In turn, Georgia state missionaries provide assistance, training, encouragement, and support for the ministries of Georgia Baptist churches and associations.
Churches are affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention through their affiliation with the Georgia Baptist Convention. Through the Cooperative Program and affiliation with the Southern Baptist Convention, Georgia Baptist churches partner in missions across North America through the North American Mission Board and around the world through the International Mission Board and other ministries that extend the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
For almost 175 years, Southern Baptists have sought to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people everywhere.
The Southern Baptist Convention was formed with a Gospel vision. Its founding charter identifies its singular focus: . . . for the purpose of eliciting, combining, and directing the energies of the Baptist denomination of Christians, for the propagation of the Gospel.
The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has grown to be a network of more than fifty thousand cooperating churches and church-type missions banded together to make an impact for God’s Kingdom.
North America’s needs are great. Children go hungry. Neighborhoods become disaster zones after storms. Entire communities have no church presence and no one to tell them about the hope found in Christ.
It doesn’t have to be this way; God has a plan to reach North America: the Church. The Church feeds neighbors in need. The Church removes storm debris. The Church establishes new churches in areas with no gospel presence. The North American Mission Board (NAMB) is here to help.
We help equip churches to be on mission in their own communities and across the continent. Through compassion ministry, church planting, chaplaincy and disaster relief, we help congregations go to the lost and hurting.
Since its beginning, IMB has had one goal: bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost peoples of the world. At the first Southern Baptist Convention in 1845, the Foreign Mission Board (FMB) was founded as part of “one sacred effort, for the propagation of the gospel.” Southern Baptist churches believed that by working cooperatively, they could accomplish more for God’s kingdom. That belief still stands strong today.
IMB has shifted focus from geographic countries to people groups, with a concerted effort to start church planting movements among unreached peoples. Technological advances have provided unprecedented opportunities for missionaries to spread the gospel, and Southern Baptists have reached into areas previously considered forbidden by political barriers. Every believer has a part to play in the Great Commission, and IMB is dedicated to forging the pathways necessary to connect each church with the work of missionary teams across the globe. United in this sacred effort and in obedience to our sovereign God, the possibilities for missions are truly limitless.
We have an active partnership with Harbor Light Church in Oceana, West Virginia. This is a unique mission field because HarborLight is known as the Children's Church. There are approximately 20 children that come regularly, but very few adults attend which makes it a challenge for Pastor Jim and his wife Grace. They are very grateful for help from outside groups that will come and share God's love, especially to the children. We do two missions trips each year - including a Christmas Basket Drive designed to reach the parents of the children.
For upcoming opportunities to serve with us in West Virginia, click HERE.