Simply put – we have far greater impact for the kingdom of God by working together.
The Northwest Baptist Convention (NWBC) is a network of about 450 churches in Oregon, Washington and Northern Idaho which voluntarily cooperate to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. We believe that working together provides incredible opportunity for greater kingdom impact. Our churches represent dozens of languages and ethnic groups, including 40 Korean-language churches and about 30 Spanish-language churches. Baptist churches are autonomous, and we have no creed, but the “Baptist Faith & Message” describes our confessions regarding the major issues of the faith. The following information demonstrates some of the ways that our churches partner together.
- Church planting in the Northwest. Together we facilitate about 20 new church starts every year. We do this in partnership with the North American Mission Board (NAMB). These new churches receive training, mentoring and funding over a period of 3-5 years.
- Pastor/leader training and encouragement. Pastor clusters, retreats, conferences, and individual consultations are some ways this is accomplished.
- East Asia missions partnership. The NWBC has established a partnership with missionaries who focus on unreached people groups in East Asia. NWBC churches have the opportunity to work with overseas personnel that are placed through the International Mission Board (IMB).
- NWBC churches partner with, and support, over 4,800 IMB missionaries. Approved members of our churches can be trained, sent, and supported as missionaries through the IMB.
- Disaster Relief. The NWBC has over 600 trained DR workers who are members of our churches. They respond to disasters across the nation and around the world. The NWBC is affiliated with the North American Mission Board which helps coordinate DR work in North America.
- The NWBC provides My316 evangelism and new believer resources to all affiliated churches.
- NWBC churches partner with six Southern Baptist seminaries, whose total enrollment exceeds 16,000 students. Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary’s Pacific Northwest Campus is located in Vancouver, WA and his housed in our NWBC headquarters. Students from NWBC churches have greatly reduced tuition at all six seminaries.
- Collegiate Ministry, Youth Ministry, Children’s Ministry and Senior Adult Ministry are each a part of the work of the NWBC. Retreats, training and conferences focus on these various age-groups.
- In addition to cooperating with the NWBC, many churches are involved in local Baptist associations, working together at the local level to advance the Kingdom.
NWBC churches cooperate in some of the following ways
- The average giving of NWBC churches through the Cooperative Program budget of the NWBC is a little more than 7 percent of their budget receipts. Some give more, some give less. New churches that are funded by NWBC must give 10 percent to missions, with at least 6 percent of that to the Cooperative Program. NWBC churches are autonomous and determine what they give.
- Three major mission offerings also support the work of the NWBC, IMB and NAMB. Participating churches generally receive these offerings three times a year, but each church determines how they support the mission work of the NWBC and the larger Southern Baptist Convention.
- Attending the Annual Meeting of the NWBC during the second Tuesday-Wednesday of November. Each NWBC church is able to send messengers to the annual convention, at which our cooperative missions budget is adopted, among many other things.
- Annual Church Profile. NWBC churches are encouraged to report attendance information, baptism statics, etc. each year as a means to track our progress in fulfilling the Great Commission.
There is no one doing more in the Northwest to reach the lost, plant churches, respond to disasters, encourage pastors, and send missionaries than our cooperating churches. Truly, it is a good day to serve the Lord in the Northwest!