Living Sent: 2022 Summer Night Home Series

Last summer we took ten weeks to journey together through “Starting Point,” a curriculum provided by the North American Mission Board. That study laid a basic foundation for missional engagement highlighting concepts such as Spiritual Formation, Bible Fluency and...

Thinking About Elders

In a previous post I presented three models of pastoral ministry common among congregational, Baptistic churches: single pastor, staff pastor, and a plurality of pastors (elders). I attempted to show the shortcomings of the first model, and draw a crucial distinction...

Three Models of Pastoral Ministry

Last month our pastors and deacons met for our bi-annual training together. We discussed matters pertaining to our current pastoral and deacon ministries: the role and function of a deacon, what shepherds do (from Psalm 23), the current state of our CBC polity, and,...

Observing Elders and Deacons

On January 28-29 our pastors and deacons will come together for a time of fellowship, training and ministry development. We’ve done this type of retreat for several years now, typically on a Friday-Saturday type schedule. (Bojangles breakfast is always a hit!) During...

Mexico and the Missionary Task

For nearly fifteen years, Coats Baptist has longed to engage an unreached people group (UPG) with the gospel. Our desire has always been to take the gospel to those who have never heard (Rom. 10:14-15). I want to take this blog post space to generally share our recent...
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