- Going – Windermere can be a mission field for your church. Churches are not about seating capacity but about sending capacity. The churches that are the most effective at spreading the gospel look for places to go. They make every event a mission field where people can be introduced to the gospel. Battle Creek is like this kind of church. I call them a missionary minded church willing to do anything and go anywhere for the Lord.
- Teaching – Windermere can be used as a tool for teaching. Maximum learning is the result of maximum involvement. At Windermere the best churches are great at immersing the participants in every activity at camp. Activities are not about doing a variety of things but they are about applying new learning. Battle Creek takes every activity as a learning opportunity. When 65 participants are getting baptized, the result is the proof teaching and learning has occurred.
- Baptizing – Windermere can be a place to baptize a new believer. As Christians we are called to belong, not just believe. It is by baptism that we identify ourselves with the body of Christ. Great churches like Battle Creek uses a camp like ours to help students to identify with the body of Christ. Windermere loves it when we can help participants believe and belong! Sixty five students now have a place to belong…and it started with a camp at Windermere.
Dear Windermere Friends,
Week 28 – Baptism
Windermere partners with some great churches. From day one, I have loved the folks at Battle Creek Baptist in Tulsa Oklahoma. These guys love students and they are passionate about sharing the gospel. They have held their student camp at Windermere for the last two years. Every time they come I am blessed by their leadership.
As you can see in the picture along with this blog. Battle Creek baptized 65 students on the last day of their camp! Now take a minute and re read the last sentence. How many times in your life have you ever been at a service where 65 people were baptized? There are some churches that do not baptize 65 people in 5 years.
Matthew 28:19-20 is called the Great Commission. It is essentially the marching orders of the church. The Greek text in this passage contains three present participle verbs – going, baptizing and teaching. It is my opinion that Windermere can be a preferred partner with churches passionate about the Great Commission. By using those three action words, here are ways we can partner with the local church in Great Commission ministry.
Thank you Battle Creek Baptist Church. You teach me more about going, teaching and baptizing every year that you attend Windermere. God bless you.
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October 6-8, 2016
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