Bow Valley Baptist Church's "He Brews" coffee shop is a popular gathering place before the Canadian congregation's Family Bible Hour each Sunday. Staffing the booth is church member Graham Day. Photo by Doy Cave
COCHRANE, Alberta, Canada (BP)--Bow Valley Baptist Church was born to be on mission.
Just 20 years old, it has birthed three other churches and helped in the strengthening of others. It gives 13 percent of its undesignated offerings to missions, while also being on mission locally in the expansion of God's Kingdom.
"We're part of something much bigger than ourselves," said Mel Blackaby, pastor since 2000 of the church that was started in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, in January 1984. "It has impacted the people in our church to see how much we're connected with others through the Cooperative Program [of the Canadian Convention of Southern Baptists]. We're not about building a big church but rather, extending the Kingdom of God."
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Bow Valley Baptist Church's pastor, Mel Blackaby, visits with Lyn, Kimberlie, Jessica and Amanda Nan after a Sunday worship service during which Amanda, who recently accepted Christ, shared her testimony. Photo by Doy Cave
Bow Valley is a church of mostly young believers, said Jim Messner, a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer who has been part of the congregation since he became a Christian about four years ago.
"We are active in our church because we care about the people in church and in our community," said Messner, who is a deacon and part of the men's ministry leadership team. Men's activities range from whitewater rafting to a "boys and toys" hobby show, as well as volunteering at community events and much more. Read More