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San Antonio Baptist Association

One Mission Many Expressions

We are a family of autonomous Baptist Churches doing Great Commission and Great Commandments efforts together. The San Antonio Baptist Association is comprised of over 385 churches that are active at some level of cooperation as well as 250+ house churches. Over 460+ churches have been a part of SABA since 1858. Our congregations represent African, African-American, Anglo, Arabic, BurmeseChinese, Deaf, Hispanic, India, Korean, Laotian, Philippine, Romanian, Vietnamese, and other people groups. 

PROPEL

We Want Your Church To Be A 
Propel Church.

Propel is a SABA focus to assist churches in developing structures and processes that result

in becoming a sending church.  Propel's purpose is to accomplish our mission

statement and undergird SABA's 4 Strategic Priorities.

Propel offers an evaluation process to churches for the purpose of becoming a sending church 

for all kinds of Great Commission and Great Commandment efforts.

-- Our Desire --

We desire to see our San Antonio Metroplex and beyond full of reproducing congregations that collectively raise up and send out God’s people to participate in all kinds of Great Commission and Great Commandment efforts. We need more churches that are launching platforms for such "sent out" endeavors, which include but are not limited to, food insecurity, homeless ministries, compassion-based community ministries, local public school ministries, mission and/or ministry teams (not everything is missions), church starting, church renewal, church replanting, and other sent out activities. 

“Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be

glorified, just as it did also with you”   2 Thessalonians 3:1 NASB

 

For God’s Word to spread rapidly and be glorified, we need non-dependent, indigenous, and reproducible methods and strategies that align with our unique context. We follow proven missiological principles, which can be learned in our Urban Missionary Training Center. We want and need all kinds of Great Commission and Great Commandment ministries for all kinds of people. 

-- Our Reality --

It will take every congregation working together to saturate the SA Metroplex and beyond with the Gospel message (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) through all kinds of Great Commission and Great Commandment efforts. One single congregation cannot accomplish this task alone. Unity of purpose and cooperation is our best path forward to accomplish the task God has given us. We need all kinds of churches for all kinds of people. 

-- Our Context --

San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the United States and the 2nd largest city in Texas. Our Metroplex is growing by an average of 66 people a day and is quickly becoming larger and more diverse each day. San Antonio receives on average 35 million visitors each year. Yet the expansion of God's Kingdom is not keeping pace with the population growth in our SA Metroplex and beyond. Cooperation among God’s people is a must if this geographical region is to be saturated with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

 

-- Our Reasoning --

One current reality that leaders across our country have known for a long time is this: we are not raising up enough new leaders to meet the demand of saturating our local context with the Gospel. This deficit is actually much broader and larger. We are at a crisis point and have not done a good job in the last decade or so of raising up new leaders. We don't have enough new leaders to be pastors of the churches that already exist, much less start new congregations. We desperately need new leaders to see the growing demand. Yet God is still calling out His people to serve Him. We can and must make changes to do a better job by creating a useful process of prayer, identification, clarification, launching, supporting, and replication of those God is calling. The PROPEL process is below.

We Want Your Church To Be A Part of Propel.

 

 

Propel is a SABA initiative to assist churches in developing structures and processes that result

in becoming a sending church.  Propel's purpose is to accomplish our mission 

statement and undergird SABA's 4 Strategic Priorities.

Propel offers an evaluation process to churches for the purpose of becoming a sending church 

for all kinds of Great Commission and Great Commandment efforts.

The Propel Model
The Propel Model runs on a D3 process.

A Propel church develops people within its own congregation with
the commitment to 
deploy them into all kinds of Great
Commission and Great Commandment activities.

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      Repeat the Process

Discover

Deploy

Duplicate

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  Launch   -   Support 

Prayer   -   Identify   -   Clarify  

 

 

Prayer

                      Jesus stated in Matthew 9:37-38 that “the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the                         Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” God the Father, the Lord of the Harvest, is waiting                         for us to ask Him send send forth workers into His harvest. When we pray such a prayer, we are praying the will of the Lord of the harvest. It is His harvest and we are simply cooperating. The Lord of the harvest never ceases to respond to this prayer. In the SABA office we have seen repeatedly God respond as we prayed. This Jesus inspired prayer is our default step to working in a "sending environment."

 

SABA works with churches to implement a Matthew 9:37-38 prayer strategy into their DNA as a sending church. Such focused praying must be a multi-level approach such as: regularly from the pulpit; in every small groups (SS classes, etc), praying in the hallways asking God to call out His people; special prayer events, etc. A sending church makes sure there is an alignment of purpose, processes, discussion, activities, celebration, etc., all focused on enhancing the identification of those whom God is calling.

Identify

                    SABA works with churches to create an identification process within their DNA. Creating such processes takes                      time and must be deeply embedded within the DNA of a sending church. If a church does not have a DNA of                        sending out its people, the church must be flexible enough to create one. In this evaluation process, a church's current overall structures and practices are considered for the purpose of making adjustments to better identify those God is calling. A variety of sending activities are regularly offered as God's people his calling on their lives. A sending church is consistently involved in encouraging God's people be becoming involved in His sending activities. There must be an alignment between the desired outcome of identifying those that God is calling and actually creating the processes to do just that.

As several churches collaborate in the identification process, God's people from various congregations are able to interact with other believers to help sharpen their personal understanding of God's call on their lives. 

Clarify

                   When those called by God are involved in sent out activities, they not only sharpen their ministry skills but God                      is able to better clarify specific ministry callings. SABA has seen this process of sharpening of focus and self-                      understanding many, many times. Proverbs 27:17 reminds us that "Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another." When multiple churches collaborate together to provide peer-learning cohorts as well as joint sending activities, everyone benefits. Such an approach to collaborative equipping allows churches of all sizes to participate in the process. Training cohorts can form around church starting, church renewal, church replanting, mission and/or ministry teams (not everything is missions), and other sent out activities. It is a win-win proposition when collaboration takes place.

Launch

                    As churches of all sizes collaborate with each other, there is greater opportunity for increased and continued                        success. God's Kingdom is strengthened in a variety of ways when multiple churches join forces around sent                out activities such as food insecurity, homeless ministries, compassion-based ministries, local public school ministries, church starting, church renewal, church replanting, mission and/or ministry teams (not everything is missions), and other sent out activities. 

Collaborative sending allows for Propel to connect such efforts to sending agencies that provide assessments, funding, as well as on-going training. Such Great Commission partners are local, state, national, and international. Such Great Commission partners include state conventions, the North American Mission Board, the International Mission Board, and other sending agencies. These connections only increase the possibilities for broadened collaboration and training opportunities. Propel does not seek to duplicate resources, training, etc. but to partner for extended benefit for all involved.

Support

                   As churches of all sizes collaborate with each other, there is a greater opportunity for increased and continued                      success. This is also true when it comes to ongoing support of sending endeavors. Sending churches have in                   their DNA the component of continuously supporting whomever they send. At times they partner with other churches and Great Commission organizations to supply what is needed for the combined effort. The types of resources vary for each sending endeavor, which allows each church to invest whatever they can at the appropriate level needed. Some resources include finances, training, volunteers, prayer walking, and other types of assistance. Propel helps in creating the necessary connections to form multiple partners and relationships for support. Such collaboration is needed in order for us to saturate the SA Metroplex and beyond with the Gospel message (1 corinthians 15:1-4).

Duplicate

                 Propel seeks to repeat this process over and over. This is not a one and down proposal. We need to replicate                           sending structures and cooperation opportunities endlessly if the SA Metroplex and beyond is saturated with                       the Gospel message (1 corinthians 15:1-4).

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We Want Your Church To Be A Part of Propel.

Even if a church is already a sending church and has successfully sent out God's people, every church benefits from continued and intentional evaluation of its sending processes. Regardless of its size, your church can do more by cooperating with other sending churches. ​We desire to see our San Antonio Metroplex and beyond full of reproducing congregations that collectively raise up and send out God’s people to participate in all kinds of Great Commission and Great Commandment efforts. We need more churches that are launching platforms for such endeavors. 

Please consider allowing Propel to assist your church for the purpose of becoming a

sending church that continually updates its sending process. 

 

 

Propel

San Antonio Baptist Association

5807 IH-10 West   San Antonio, Texas 78201

210.525.9954   

Address

5807 IH-10W, San Antonio TX, 78201

Phone

(210) 525-9954

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