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.
Our 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.