The Vision for Our Church Plant: Renewal Church

“And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’” (Revelation 21:5)

Through Jesus, God is at work restoring people from all nations to their original purpose: worshiping God by enjoying His presence forever.

The team prepare to present the new church plant to First Baptist Belton, April 29, 2018.

The vision for Renewal Church is to bring God’s renewal to Bell County and the world. By the grace of God and the empowering of His Spirit, we will fulfill this vision through Gospel-centered ministry where people will be made new in Jesus, grow in Jesus, and be released into the world for Jesus. Renewal Church will be a Jesus-worshipping, discipleship-focused, missional-minded faith family.

Our heart’s desire is to plant a new church to reach new people. No individual church will reach everyone in Bell County. However, by multiplying healthy churches across our region, we will see the Kingdom of God expanded further and more of God’s glory displayed.

Not-So-New Idea for First Baptist Belton

About two years ago Pastor Andy began to cast the vision for church planting locally, nationally, and globally. On May 21, 2017, First Baptist Belton agreed to follow the Elder Body’s leadership and become a church that actively seeks to start new churches in Bell County, across North America, and among the unreached peoples of the world. Renewal Church is the first step toward fulfilling this new vision.

On the other hand, the vision for planting churches is not really new to First Baptist Belton. For over 100 years, we have collected the Mary Hill Davis Offering in September to support Texas Missions. A significant portion of this special offering supports new church plants in Texas. Furthermore, 28% of our church missions budget is dedicated to the Bell Baptist Association (BBA) and the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT). Both the BBA and BGCT are aggressively focused on planting new churches in Bell County. By planting a new church right here in Texas, we are actively participating in the same endeavor that we have already been funding for over a century.

Stepping into The Story

God is telling a glorious story of renewal that includes you and me. Do you want to see what God can do through you? Step into His story!

Since God has called First Baptist Belton to plant Renewal Church, as a member of this church, YOU ARE a part of this church plant. No church member is excluded. The question: How is God calling you to participate?

On Sunday, August 26 the message will be titled “Can’t Stay Here”.

Preparing for Our Church Plant

We ask that you seek God’s face as you prepare your heart for this important moment in the history of First Baptist Belton.

  • Will you commit to PRAY intentionally?
  • Will you commit to GIVE a sacrificial one-time gift or monthly support? Thus far, we have collect about $44,000, which is wonderful! However, the start-up expenses are closer to $190,000. We need to raise the full amount before our financial focus shifts to our new building campaign.
  • Will you commit to GO and join the launch team?

William Carey, the father of modern missions said it well: “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.” May we be a church that attempts great things for the glory of our God!

Matthew Levant

Minister of Missions and Church Planter