When I arrived at North Catawba Baptist Church (NCBC) in October of 2013, it was a great match for me and our church. I am a missions minded pastor and they were a missions minded church. The primary need of the church, in the area of missions, was finding a way to focus their missions efforts to maximize their impact. One thing NCBC has in their 220 year history is a legacy of planting churches that share the Gospel. When I arrived at NCBC our church was unable to take on the overall responsibilities of planting a church, but we felt it was vitally important that we involve our church in supporting a church that was being planted. As part of our missions strategy we seek to fulfill the command of Jesus in Acts 1:8 to be His witnesses “in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” We saw this as a fourfold plan to simultaneously do missions in our local community, our state, our nation, and the world.
I knew exactly who we would partner with when we started looking for a way to fulfill our calling to work with a church plant and fulfill our “State” missions strategy. I knew of Chris’s plans to plant a church and had been in prayer for him as he followed God’s lead and settled on Wilmington as the city he would plant in. I’ve known Chris my entire life and have watched him grow into a godly man with a passion for reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through prayer and discussions with Chris, I saw that partnering with Restoration Church was a great way for our church to accomplish what we wanted to do in the area of State missions and church planting. In February 2014, NCBC started a strategic missions partnership with Restoration Church. We shared with our church who Chris was and what his plans were for Restoration Church. Chris shared with our church the vision God had given him for reaching the people of Wilmington with the Gospel. During the next year our church agreed to partner in prayer with Chris and Restoration Church. In February 2015, we once again had Chris share with NCBC about the progress Restoration Church was making towards opening their doors and what our prayer support meant to this fledgling church. In May 2015, NCBC was able to start giving financially to the work of Restoration Church and their work in Wilmington. In February 2016, Chris once again updated our church and shared about the progress of Restoration Church. Our church members feel a deep connection with Restoration Church through our efforts to pray and support them. Our folks constantly ask about Chris, Kristen, Ramsey Jane, and the work of Restoration Church. We have found that this partnership has been a perfect match for NCBC and Restoration Church.
Our church has received many blessings from God through our partnership with Restoration Church. I cannot encourage you enough to find a way to come alongside this church and their pastor to support the work they are doing in Wilmington. You can do that as an individual or as a church. Either way through partnering with Chris and Restoration Church you will see God use your efforts to bless the work of His church in Wilmington.
Rev. Nicholas Wilson
North Catawba Baptist Church