Published December 18, 2008
Hope Baptist Church in Conyers, trapped in a transitional community on Highway 20 and struggling to survive, decided to give their property to Conyers’ First Baptist Church. First Baptist also called Hope pastor Phil Wages to become a part of their staff until he could find another ministry opportunity.
Since those decisions made earlier this year, both the Hope facilities and Wages have been used of the Lord in a significant way. Wages has become a permanent and integral part of First Baptist’s staff, serving in the area of education and discipleship. The Hope campus has been refurbished by First Baptist and has become the meeting place for several churches.
Wages stated, “A Hispanic congregation started meeting at our former facility in October. The Hispanic church is a sizeable congregation of about sixty. Before they started meeting on the Hope campus they met in the pastor’s home. On the Sunday prior to meeting in our buildings on Highway 20 they met under a tree and had sixty in attendance.
Larry Cheek, associational missionary for Stone Mountain Association, had contacted Associate Pastor Howard Greer at First Baptist and asked him about the Hispanic congregation meeting in the Hope buildings. They have been meeting there ever since.
The Hope property has also become the home of Celebrate Recovery. Celebrate Recovery was founded in 1991 with the goal of helping people overcome habits like sex disorders and drug addictions with a twelve step program based on Christian principles.
A third ministry, Bread of Life Deliverance Church, has now found a home in the former Hope facilities. BOLD Church was an independent Baptist church in need of a new home because their church buildings were destroyed by fire. This African-American congregation not only has an adequate building for their worship and church activities, but also has now become a part of Stone Mountain Baptist Association and the Georgia Baptist Convention.
First Baptist Conyers, under the leadership of pastor Jeff Meyers, seems to be maximizing their opportunities to reach their community for Christ. Who wouldn’t see the value of taking the buildings of a struggling church and translating that into a viable missions center for multiple ministries?
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