Over the past several months this new forming group has already met several times. First on November 17-19, 2015 at the Rocky Mountain Conference on “Reformed Baptist Missions”.
There 89 attendees from 40 churches gathered to hear 20 mission reports from every continent of the world and gathered to network for the sake of the Gospel. On the final day they had a “guided but open-ended discussion, devoted to exploring the future prospects of a network of Reformed Baptist Churches for mutual edification and cooperation in home and foreign missions and perhaps other things as well.”
They “finalized an initial vision statement and appointed three planning committees (on confessional subscription, organization, and communication. Also, Gordon Taylor has volunteered to serve as a missions liaison).
Initial Vision Statement:
The Vision of the Reformed Baptist Network is to glorify God through fellowship and cooperation in fulfilling the Great Commission to the ends of the earth.
They then held an organizing conference on February 23-24, 2015 in Rincon, GA. Pastors and missionaries from 28 churches gathered.
From the report of that organizing meeting:
…In the end, we agreed that the Network would be based around subscription to the 1689 Confession, and would be formally organized for fellowship and cooperation in Missions. In addition, the Network will allow different levels of Membership (full member churches subscribing to the 1689 and associate members holding to a Reformed statement of faith) and different levels of Missionary support. Concern was expressed to avoid the partisanship of the past, and to encourage outreach and cooperation with a broader communion of churches as much as possible. In light of this, the meeting gladly received formal greetings and cooperation from the Board of FIRE (Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals).
Three ad-hoc committees have been formed to draft a Constitution and Policy Manual. Gordon Taylor was formally approved and called to serve as Coordinator. Also, we voted to incorporate as a 501c3 entity.
Over the next few months, the planning committees will complete drafts of the Constitution and Policy Manual.
A Constituting Conference is being planned for the Fall. More details will be published as they become available.
It was also decided that Gordon Taylor would be RBN’s Interim Coordinator.
Save the date and join us for the constituting conference of the Reformed Baptist Network at Grace Baptist Church in Taylors (Greenville) South Carolina on November 15-17, 2016. Sign-up and booking details to follow…