Bishop Branch Baptist Church is a rural community church near Clemson and located “off the beaten path.” Someone said, “You don’t pass by there, you must go there.” The staff and church have hearts to reach the lost. They seized the opportunity of an Easter Eggstravaganza to provide a gospel witness to community that has a rather large ethnic mix, approximately 40%.
Pastor Jeff Smoak, Associate Pastor Jeff Whiten, and staff led the third annual Easter Eggstravaganza with intentionality. Pastors Jeff and Jeff engaged Central Baptist Church and Mountain Spring Baptist Church (a predominantly African American congregation) to help with the event. The first two years they held the event in nearby Pendleton, South Carolina to provide a witness to those who might not attend were it held on the church campus. The results were great. Hundreds came and heard clear presentations of the gospel. This year, Easter 2018, they moved the event to the Bishop Branch Baptist Church to intentionally bring people to the church and connect them to a place they may not have known. Connecting community to the physical church and to the loving people of the church was important to them.
The results were great. There were inflatables, popcorn, and snow cones from the Piedmont Baptist Association event trailer. There were other snacks, games, and crafts. There had to be a lot of publicity for good results. Dr. James Noble, Sr., pastor of Mountain Spring and professor at Anderson University, gave a clear presentation of the Gospel to 500 plus who attended on a cold and cloudy day. Seventy-five people attending indicated they were not affiliated with any church. Several families have attended the church for Sunday services and one family is now involved in the Wednesday evening activities. The “hook” for the event was the helicopter egg drop. People came for miles to see and experience this. The church followed up with phone calls to every unchurched family within 48 hours and letters were sent to everyone.
The event was expensive, but manageable with the partners of churches and association and assistance from the Janie Chapman State Missions Offering. This is just another example of Baptists working together and pooling our resources so we can accomplish more together than we ever could by ourselves. Just another example of your mission dollars at work.
Bishop Branch has the vision of “seeking to be healthy and growing in Christ so that we can help others be healthy and growing in Christ.” Visit the website, https://www.b3ch.org/ to see more exciting things about a church that understands how to strengthen the church and reach the community for greater Kingdom results.