Have you ever watched a dog chase a car? Funny isn’t it? Did you ever give any thought if the dog gave consideration of what he would do if he caught the car? Probably not! As churches we must give careful thought to assimilation–how we will assimilate new people into the church. As we reach people within various affinities our next responsibility is to see them nurtured in the Lord. However, these people will probably not be comfortable in your particular church environment. That does not mean they can’t make that adjustment, it just means that they have to make that adjustment in their time and way.
We reach affinities in their environment. We do this by assimilation and by going into their culture. We must be aware that the people we meet in a comfortable place will not come to our church if it’s an uncomfortable place.
They will be new believers (if they are even believers). They won’t understand Sunday School or Small Groups. They don’t pray. The Bible is new to them. They are excited, interested, curious (and they are coming into territory unfamiliar to them).
Reaching Unengaged Affinity Groups goes way beyond recognition, participation and involvement. Our aim is to get Jesus to them and get them to Jesus.
Regional State Missionaries seek to develop relationships with associational missionaries, pastor, and staff, networking with them in order to minister, create a cohesive spirit, and support cooperative work among all churches. Three Regional State Missionaries are available to assist churches. As a field-based ministry, they have the availability of all the resources of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board to assist associations, churches, pastors, staff, and church leadership. Offices are located in Augusta, Valdosta, and Monroe.