Friday, December 14, 2007

Help plant churches in Missouri

Darren Casper is the Director for church planting in the St. Louis Metro Association of Baptist churches in Missouri. He has contacted me to let me know about a way that people can assist those church planters whose funds from the Missouri Baptist Convention will be cut off January 1, 2008 (18 days from now) because of a decision made on December 10, 2007.

These church planters have been screened and approved by the North American Mission Board as well as the Missouri Baptist Convention. Because of their affiliation with Acts 29, their promised funding is being cut. If you would like to assist those church planters during this time of unanticipated shortfall, you can send a check made out to:
St. Louis Metro Baptist Association
(designate it for the "Show Me Church Planting Fund")

Mailing address:

St. Louis Metro Bapt. Assoc.
attn. Darren Casper
3859 Fee Fee Road
Bridgeton, Mo. 63044

You may contact Darren at 314-571-7579, extension 103.
This is a great opportunity. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the Lord stirred up the hearts of individuals and churches to more than make up the deficit that these cuts will entail? I will be contributing and I encourage others to do so as well.


Eric M Schumacher said...

Any chance a list of those churches will be published?

My friend, Kevin Larson, is doing a tremendous job with his church start, Karis (, in the heart of Columbia, MO.

I hope he's included in this. He would be well-worth praying for and supporting.

Todd Pruitt said...


Thanks for offering this opportunity. I appreciate you adding some common sense to this debate.

Marc Backes said...


The two affected churches are in fact Karis in Columbia and Believers Church in Hannibal MO pastored by Sam Byers...(

Those are the two actually will be losing funds at the turn of the year...

Marc Backes said...

Read the latest.

Timmy Brister said...


Here are the nine Acts 29 churches and their pastors, from the Acts 29 website:

Believer’s Church
#1 YMCA Drive
Hannibal, MO 63401
Pastor: Sam Byers

Genesis Church
4525 Highway 109
Eureka, MO 63025
Pastor: Mike Hubbard

Karis Community Church
23 S. 8th St.
Columbia, MO 65201
Pastor: Kevin Larson

LifePoint Church
PO Box 1728
Ozark, MO 65721
Pastor: Lane Harrison

Matthias’ Lot
1511 Waverly St
Saint Charles, MO 63302
Pastor: Marc Sikma

Mystery Church
P.O. Box 322
Webb City, MO 64870
Pastor: Steev Inge

Refuge Church
1900 Randolph
Saint Charles, MO 63302
Pastor: Trey Herweck

Summit Community Church
1145 Tom Ginnever
O’fallon, MO 63366
Pastor: John Ryan

The Journey St. Louis
7701 Maryland Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63105
Pastor: Darrin Patrick

micahfries said...

It should be noted that although those churches are all Missouri Acts 29 churches, only two of those will be affected with loss of funding. To answer your question, Karis is one of them.

scott said...

Mike Hubbard of Genesis Church in Eureka MO also loses $1,000 a month as does Sam Byers. Kevin loses $500 per month.

Scott Thomas, Acts 29 Director

Marc Backes said...

Read the STL Post-Dispatch article about the MBC / Acts29 Decision

Joseph Botwinick said...

Hi there.

What is Acts 29 and why is there a controversy over it?


J.D. Rector said...

Tom: Thanks for providing an excellent Q and A, informative story on this subject. This is why so many of us are disillusioned with some our state baptist newspapers. Furthermore, if the Georgia state paper had not raised some serious questions about the NAMB and their leadership, we would still be uniformed. So, again, thanks for your information. Praying that many will respond and support some of our brothers in need...

J.D. Rector