Mission and Ministry Partners
The congregation actively supports mission endeavors on the local, state, national, and global levels. We do so individually and corporately. We do so with a variety of resources - time, energy, money. We do so collaboratively with Mission and Ministry Partners who serve God near and far.
Our Baptist Partners
Baptist churches are independent and autonomous organizations. We do not have a denominational hierarchy that controls the life of the individual congregation. Thought autonomous, Baptist churches historically have cooperatively pooled resources, shared encouragement and challenged one another to greater vision and ministry. We work together will the following partners:
River City Faith Network
In 1951, the Richmond Baptist Association (RBA) was organized in the sanctuary of Ginter Park Baptist Church. Since that time, we have worked alongside other churches in Richmond to do together what we cannot do separately. In 2014, the RBA was renamed the River City Faith Network. Ginter Park Baptist Church encourages our members to volunteer time, energy, and finances to support the work of the RBA.
The Alliance of Baptists
The Alliance of Baptists began in 1987 as a prophetic voice in Baptist
life. While the Alliance was born out
conflict surrounding the fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist
Convention, today it is much more than a reaction. The Alliance is a movement. It is a progressive movement of individuals
and churches valuing theological education; missions as partnership; ecumenism;
racial reconciliation; full inclusion and affirmation of differing sexual
orientation; affirming men and women in ministry; peacemaking; and, ecological
and social justice. The Alliance of
Baptists was instrumental in the establishment of the Baptist Theological
Seminary at Richmond. The Alliance has
also supported our Farley Community House Ministry as it was a previously the recipient
of an Alliance Missions Partnership Grant.
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, like the Alliance, had beginnings in the
Southern Baptist takeover. It is a
network helping people put their faith to practice through ministry efforts,
missions, and a community of support. We
support both the national body of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and, the
CBF of Virginia. CBF of Virginia hosts
mission immersion experiences encouraging congregations to engage in God’s
mission in our state and around the world.
The Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America
(BPFNA) “gathers, equips and mobilizes Baptists to build a culture of peace
rooted in justice.” It is the largest
network of Baptist peacemakers in the world.
The BPFNA supports the work of peacemaking by bringing peacemakers
together in regional and international gatherings, and, by providing resources,
speakers, and training. BPFNA offers an
annual intergenerational gathering affectionately called “Peace Camp.”
When the Executive Board of the SBC withdrew funding for the Baptist World Alliance, many churches, including Ginter Park Baptist Church took up the slack. The BWA is made up of national organizations and seeks to coordinate among the various Baptist groups so that there will be a more effective use of resources throughout the world.
Relationship to the Southern Baptist Convention
Ginter Park Baptist Church was
started as a Southern Baptist congregation in 1916. Our roots in this
convention were very deep. We had, over the years, great experiences with those
in leadership in missions, education, worship and service. However, when the
SBC was taken over by a political-religious group using the Bible as a weapon
of exclusion, the church took action to separate itself from the SBC, a once
great instrument of service to God. Our appreciation for our heritage and our love
for missions made the decision very difficult. Our love for Baptist principles
made it unavoidable. Because of our love for missions and our connection to
missionaries, members of the church may choose to individually support the
mission offerings of the SBC each year.