A FARM SYSTEM
A Farm System:
Baseball uses this and the fields of education, business, and medicine do this. If we study and observe what Jesus did with the 12 as well what Paul did with his Timothys in his missionary journeys and follow-up coaching (using letters and arranging mentors in their lives) then we know the validity of the practice.
A valid farm system in this association will involve the following: (1) a coordinated Calling Out the Called work (we understand that God calls men into pastoral roles and we work with Him in calling them out to take up this challenge—this has been in our SBC life over 100 years), (2) planned internship practices for responding to the call of God to pursue to vocational ministry, (3) coaching and mentoring provided by Godly pastors and lay leaders, (4) formal studies through our EBI Seminary Extension or other academic programs which prepare men to serve biblically and effectively and (5) sending out these prepared pastor leaders and also sending out core missionary families to help launch new churches (which can involve 2 or 3 existing churches sending a core family each to help launch the new church), or helping our farm system grads assume a pastorate. We need associational evangelism teams who survey, discover prospects, and do launch events as part of the farm system.
A Farm system helping CVBA pastor-less churches and helping CVBA birth new churches. Most of our existing CVBA churches cannot hire a full-time pastor and there are no longer monies in SBC life to fund a full-time pastor to start a new church. At best, monies available from association, state, and national sources can provide location rental costs and ministry programing for a new church. If we are going to care for our existing churches and see our Central Valley area reached through more disciple-making churches, we must develop a farm system that can do this. Nobody else can do this for us. It is our Kingdom opportunity and responsibility.