In October 2015, the Executive Committee of Pastors and leaders of the Charleston Baptist Association called for a study team among their leadership to examine the current vision, mission and values of the association in view of the original vision. As a result, the study team presented a repurposed vision and refocused strategy toward strengthening churches, strengthening leaders of churches and planting churches. New bylaws and processes were set in place and were unanimously adopted in October 2016. The following is the newly adopted vision:
The Charleston Baptist Association shall be a self-determining Association of autonomous Southern Baptist Churches voluntarily bound together for the purpose of mutual care and support in an effort to implement the Great Commission of our Sovereign Lord individually and cooperatively.
Realizing that each church is unique in its composition, strengths and challenges, we believe churches may be strengthened by partnering with other churches to share resources, strategies and encouragement with the CBA serving as a liaison for that partnership. The individual need of each church would be determinative of the resources employed to strengthen it.
STRENGTHENING LEADERS & CHURCHES
In much the same way the strengthening pastors and/or church leaders would be realized. The Strengthening Leaders & Churches Team and the Director of Mission will function as a Connector for pastors and/or church leaders to Leadership resources, people, or other churches that could assist in their Kingdom work.
Since success in Kingdom purposes involves ever increasing numbers of new disciples, the need for new churches will grow in the same way as the revitalization of existing churches. They will both be needed. The Church Planting Team and the Director of Mission will function as the catalyst and connector for new church plants in the Charleston Association connecting potential church planters with partner churches, processes, and resources available.
The success of this vision will be fully expressed when strengthened churches strengthen churches, when strengthened leaders strengthen leaders and when planted churches plant churches. As this renewed reality becomes common within our association of churches, greater multiplication will come through these disciple-making churches and leaders that will give life and vision for many generations to come.
It is our prayer that the Charleston Baptist Association will take her place in this critical moment of Gospel history in Greater Charleston so that future generations may say of us:
“We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints; because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth.” - Colossians 1:3-6