OUR PURPOSE AS A CHURCH
We are working toward making disciples who are growing toward maturity, being equipped for ministry in the Church, and serving to accomplish Christ’s mission in the world through gospel-centered worship, gospel-centered community, gospel-centered discipleship, gospel-centered service, and gospel-centered multiplication. A natural outflow of this purpose is to be mindful and intentional about missions. In doing so, we strive to be active through local, regional/national, and international missions. This page shares opportunities which helps our members in being obedient to fulfill Jesus' "Great Commission."
Hephzibah Baptist Church supports the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention, which allows us to give financially to missionaries in the state of Georgia, church planters throughout North America, and missionaries around the world. In addition to giving to the Cooperative Program, HBC supports the Augusta Baptist Association and gives financially to a number of smaller ministries at work in the Augusta area. We have also partnered with missionary David Wilson in Ecuador and with Riverdeep Church and its pastor, Jody Steward, in Memphis, Tennessee.
David Wilson is an evangelist from Indiana who has been evangelizing and catalyzing church plants in Ecuador for a number of years. He partners with the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana and regularly receives pastors and mission teams from that convention. Our pastor, Michael Wren, has known David since Michael pastored a church in Indiana. He has taken three teams to Ecuador to support David's mission, including two from HBC.
Riverdeep Church is a Southern Baptist church plant pastored by Jody Steward in the heart of downtown Memphis. One block from Sun Studio, the famous recording studio once frequented by artists like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, Riverdeep has a unique ministry situated beside the University of Tennessee Medical Campus, a housing project, and an up and coming gentrified neighborhood populated with young adults. Their church building is a 100 year old car dealership, and HBC has taken three teams to Riverdeep to help renovate this old building and prepare it for a new era of ministry to this community. HBC initially connected with Jody Steward when our youth group was sent to Riverdeep as part of their M Fuge service project several years ago.