After a lovely sunny winter of springlike weather, rains arrived in late March and continue into April. Not to be hindered, several of our folks were able to smile and wave to passing cars today with a simple invitation to know Bible Baptist Church cares for them!
So between the raindrops, we waved and smiled and “made a dent” for over an hour at a busy intersection.
This is a ministry that ANYONE can do! Won’t you come sometime and join us? The more the merrier!
Have a wonderful EASTER! Join us for breakfast at 9 AM Easter morning!
One year ago Bible Baptist began the G.R.O.W. outreach program.
This Friday at 7 PM, October 23, we kick off the second year with a banquet to inform people what G.R.O.W. is all about and how they can participate. Some tasks are so simple that a teen or a senior citizen can accomplish them.
All tasks are geared toward building the church through building lives for Christ. God intended for all of us to SERVE HIM while we are on the earth. This program gives people a place to serve for His glory!
We began a new ministry in March that is proving to be very effective in leading people to visit Bible Baptist Church. We got the idea from Ohana Baptist Church in Hawaii. We simply call it “Sign Waving.” It is very simple and anyone can do it. All a person needs to do is (1) stand holding a non-offensive sign at a busy intersection, (2) SMILE, and (3) wave enthusiastically at people/cars as they drive by. We do this the first Saturday of every month from 10:00 am to noon (see pics below). We usually have about 20 sign-wavers each time we do it.
This method is nothing new. Politicians use it every time they run for election. They have their supporters out their waving their signs asking people to vote for them. They wouldn’t be doing it if it was not effective. We’ve had visitors the following Sunday almost every time we’ve done it! Some are still attending.
It is important to have the signs readable with large letters, and brief. Passerby’s don’t have much time to read your sign. Also, it is best not to quote Bible verses or be offensive. Let the signs attract people to the church, then give them what the Bible says.
It is also important to have as many sign wavers as possible at one intersection. You want to attract attention to your signs. If only one or two people are standing at a corner, people won’t really be attracted to read your sign. But when you have five or six standing at each corner of an intersection, people who drive by will wonder, “What’s that crowd up to?”
This is not our only means of outreach. We also do “door-to-door” visitation; write letters; make phone calls, etc. It is important to get as many well-baited hooks in the water as you can if you expect to catch any fish (Matt. 4:19).
Let’s follow the command of the Lord Jesus when He said, “Go out into the highways and hedges” and let people know that we are here and that we want them to come to Bible Baptist Church. We need to take advantage of every possible way to reach people.
Bible Baptist Church is the oldest Independent Baptist Church in Kitsap County, celebrating 50 years of ministry.
Bible Baptist Church was started in 1958 as a Bible study conducted by Pastor Henry King in Bremerton, and was officially incorporated in 1963. In 1968 the congregation moved to Port Orchard and acquired the old Elim Lutheran Church building on Woods Road E. This building was destroyed by a fire in 1985. Shortly thereafter, the church purchased the old First Christian Church building on Dekalb Street in Port Orchard.
In 1986, Dr. Al Hughes became the church’s third pastor. By 1990 the congregation had grown to the point where the Dekalb St. facility was no longer adequate to comfortably accommodate the congregation’s growing needs. They had a vision to improve the facilities and begin more outreach ministries.
In 1993, God provided four acres of property on Bethel Road for a new church facility consisting of 3 buildings. The first phase was the 4,800 sq. ft. Fellowship Hall and Administrative Office building which was dedicated in 1999. In 2003, our 300 seat auditorium was completed. Work was completed in early 2007 on a 4,800 sq. ft. educational facility for our Sunday School classes, Youth group, and Bible Institute.
During the last fifteen years four men have been ordained to the Gospel ministry. Also, three missionary families have been sent out from our church to serve in China. We sent out a summer missionary to Ukraine in 2008.
We praise God for His bountiful blessings. As a congregation we desire to continue being a place where people can KNOW Christ and MAKE HIM KNOWN.