David Baker Part 1 – The Face of The Church Taking on the Face of the Community

Season: 1
Episode: 32
David Baker is the senior pastor of Green Level Baptist Church and has seen the congregation go through a lot of changes in their 150 years of ministry. We talk about their journey from being a “white” church to an international church and what God has taught them along the way. Also joining us is Angela, who heads up their community outreach.
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Full Show Notes

We start by talking about how they are doing in the midst of the global pandemic. We talk about the effects of COVID-19 and what it looks like in our “new normal” with new working situations and kids out of school.

“I have definitely have gained a lot of respect for our educators during this time and trying to shepherd the church famil. During this time, every church community is a little microcosm community. You have so many folks across the board that something like this global pandemic is affecting them. And in a myriad of ways. Some feel that pain physically, some field of pain emotionally, others feel that pain financially.” – David

Many are asking “Where is God in the midst of this?” or “What is God trying to do?” Also many are going to God for comfort during this time. I am shepherding my own heart, and family, and trying to walk through this season with my congregation while learning new technologies.

We talked about what Easter 2020 was like compared to past Easter celebrations at Green Level Baptist. It gives a new meaning to the axiom that the message doesn’t change but the medium changes.

Churches all over the world, believers all over the world are trying to figure out what, outreach and evangelism looks like during COVID-19.

Angela shared about not being able to host the annual Easter egg hunt. They have 10,000 eggs sitting in their basement right now. But will be able to reuse most of the resources next year, making 2021 look like an amazing year! In the past in a church of 200 they were hosting an event for 3,000 people as well as partnering with their Chinese church and Tamal church that is a part of their community.

They were contacted by the town to partner on with them on their event in the future which creates an opportunity to reach more international people in the future.

Pastor David shares his story about how he came to North Carolina and shares about the history of Green Level Baptist Church. The face of Green Level has really changed from where it was two decades ago and now it is a very international expression of the Church.

Green Level is a 150-year-old church this year. But a church is not just a building or a legacy it is a group of people and Pastor David fell in love with the people.

“It’s not so much the case that God has a mission for his church in the world as it is God has a church for his mission in the world. Mission was not made for the church. The church was made for God’s mission.” – Christopher Wright

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