In Acts 1:8 Jesus commands us to go to Jerusalem. Our Jerusalem is the Arkansas River Valley in and around Fort Smith, Arkansas. We have countless opportunities to reach the River Valley because we believe that everyone is a missionary where they live, work, and play. In addition to inspiring and equipping our members to reach those near to them but far from God, we also provide corporate opportunities to participate in local missions through our For The City effort.
Welcoming Ministry & iReach – In this River Valley of over 200,000 people there are many who are of different cultures and ethnicities. The goal of our Welcoming Ministry will be to reach out to these pockets of unreached people groups right here in our Jerusalem. We will be working hard to reach out to our international college students through our ministry, iReach, as well. At the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith there are over 100 international students from many different countries. Many of these students will go back to their home country where there is little to no opportunity for them to hear the gospel. We do all that we can to build meaningful relationships with these students in the short time that we have with them so that we might be able to share with them the good news of Jesus. We offer Conversation Club throughout the semester, and we host day trips to area tourist locations among many other things. If you are interested in being apart of this mission, please, contact Beau Barrera.
PLANTING NEW CHURCHES
REPLANTING EXISTING CHURCHES
REVITALIZING STRUGGLING CHURCHES
Grand Avenue Baptist Church has been blessed with continued growth over the last decade, but the same can’t be said of most churches in the River Valley. In fact, the total number of baptisms and church attendance in the area is in decline, in spite of exceptions like GABC. Rather than a few large churches getting larger while smaller churches close, we believe that we need more healthy, growing evangelical churches. To that end, we have committed our energy and resources to raising up disciples who will go and work with area churches and church plants that choose to partner with GABC. For more information about this mission contact our mission pastor, Scott Ward.
Say Something – Say Something is our personal evangelism training. We will be holding this training at various times throughout the year. Check back often to see upcoming dates. We are also developing this training into an online curriculum.
For The City – Every month we will have a different emphasis to help guide our people to reach out to those near to them but far from God where they live, work, and play. We have many different things planned including For The City Week, neighborhood block parties, passing out doughnuts to local businesses, etc. Here’s the schedule…