GOODMAN, Mo. (BP)--Splitlog Baptist Church sits in the extreme southwest corner of Missouri, near the Oklahoma and Arkansas borders, and the members there have managed to do what many churches struggle to accomplish. They’ve turned their focus to Kingdom growth, and God is bringing people to faith in Jesus through their efforts in a rural community.
|Jerod Lewis and his son Dylan, 7, celebrate their baptism April 23 by pastor Chadd Pendergraft at Splitlog Baptist Church in rural southwest Missouri.|
Chadd Pendergraft, pastor of Splitlog, said the church began shifting its focus about a year and a half ago, and since January 2005 they’ve baptized more than 60 people.
“It was something that God burdened my heart with, that focusing upon church growth only is almost becoming an idolater because our churches can become a whole lot more about us than they are about God,” Pendergraft told Baptist Press. “I think often as pastors we get caught up in growing our own little kingdom rather than growing God’s Kingdom.” Read More