What is Send Relief?
The North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention has two main emphasis, the Send Network and Send Relief. The Send Network focuses on church planting. Send Relief is the ministry arm of NAMB that focuses on bringing help with lasting hope to people in need. Send Relief is best known for their disaster relief program. However, many types of ministries are housed underneath the Send Relief banner including ministry focused on refugees. Send Relief is committed to equipping churches to reach out to their immediate neighborhoods. A vital part of NAMB’s relief strategy is establishing Send Relief Hubs in strategic locations.
What is a Send Relief Hub?
Send Relief Hubs function as ministry centers focused on modeling and multiplying ministry. Send Relief Hubs work through the local church to engage communities. The Hubs model ministry by serving as a location where other churches can come and see ministry in action. The Hubs multiply ministry by offering training in intensive seminars, mission trips, and internships. The goal is for other churches to replicate similar ministry efforts in their neighborhoods.
NAMB is interested in Clarkston as the strategic location for their Atlanta Send Relief Hub for several reasons. Clarkston is a unique community with unprecedented Great Commission opportunities. A ministry hub in Clarkston would provide the platform to educate other churches on the strategic opportunity to minister to refugees and other immigrant groups.
Why is NAMB interested in CIBC becoming the Send Relief Hub in Atlanta?
God has blessed CIBC with a large facility, a perfect location, and great ministry partners. CIBC has a wonderful reputation among Southern Baptist churches as a place to come and serve. Furthermore, there is significant similarity in the vision of CIBC and NAMB regarding reaching the nations God is bringing to North America. A partnership between CIBC and NAMB is a natural opportunity to pursue.
What does a partnership between Send Relief and CIBC look like?
- Functionally, nothing changes for CIBC in regards to where and when the church worships.
- NAMB will purchase the church property, including the three houses owned by CIBC.
- CIBC will transfer the deed to the church property to NAMB for $1.
- In return, NAMB will renovate the facility beginning with critical needs.
- NAMB will assume certain operational costs of the facility.
- NAMB will provide staffing for the hub to oversee the facility and training opportunities.
- CIBC will be the primary partner. CIBC cannot be removed from the facility.
- NAMB will continue to work with CIBC’s current church and ministry partners.
- If NAMB changes strategy, CIBC will buy the property back for original purchase price. ($1)
What is next?
- CIBC will vote in early April regarding their final decision to enter the partnership with NAMB.
- CIBC and NAMB covet your prayers as they seek God’s heart for the church and community.
- If you have any questions, contact the church office via email at email@example.com.
How will the partnership affect Clarkston?
NAMB wants to be a team player in God’s work in this community. The presence of NAMB should enhance ministry opportunities and increase resources that can be leveraged to bless the community of Clarkston. The prayer of CIBC and NAMB is for the Hub strategy to make Clarkston an even greater place to live and serve among the nations that God is bringing to North America.