"Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful." Titus 3:13–14
Consistent with Scripture and our Church Covenant, Arlington Baptist Church and its members financially, physically, and prayerfully support several other ministries that allow us to “contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor and the spread of the gospel through all nations” (from our Church Covenant). Arlington Baptist Church supports the following ministries and missions with more information on each below:
The local church is the focal point of God’s plan for displaying his glory to the nations. 9Marks’ vision is that “churches reflect the character of God” and its mission is “to cultivate and encourage churches characterized by these nine marks: expositional preaching, Biblical theology, Biblical understanding of the good news, conversion, evangelism, membership, church discipline, Christian discipleship and growth and leadership.” 9marks seeks to reform churches from the dangers of consumerism, cultural accommodation, and theological compromise. For more information, visit 9 Marks’ website.
Access Partners seeks to create businesses that facilitate healthy church planting among the least reached. Their passion is to see the gospel proclaimed to the nations through the planting of Biblical churches in the 10/40 window. In some places, worldviews, cultures, and even governments are often hostile to Christianity, making the delivery of the gospel witness increasingly difficult. Viable for-profit businesses can both contribute to a country’s economy and provide sustainability and credibility for those wishing to advance the gospel in that country. Working together with missions organizations to start up and optimize businesses, they enable church planters to reach otherwise inaccessible locations and communities. In short, Access Partners melds the Great Commission with sound business practices for the glory of God. For more information, visit Access Partners’ website.
Assist Pregnancy Center
Since God is the creator of human life, all human beings belong to God and are made in his image (Genesis 1:26–27). David tells us that God “knitted me together in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13) so that he was “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). He was a human being made in God’s image, which is the fundamental aspect of “personhood” (Psalm 51:5). We stand with the witness of Scripture and the testimony of the early church that every human being, from conception to natural death, is to be protected as a person created in the image of God whose very life has a special dignity and relationship with the Creator. We want to be known as people who protect, nurture, and cherish children (unborn and born) as the gifts they are from the Lord (Psalm 127:3). Assist Pregnancy Center is a Christ-centered organization that desires to "present the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed." Its mission is “to promote life through Christ to those vulnerable to abortion.” They have a vision of seeing "every individual in our community choosing physical life for their unborn children, eternal life through faith in Christ, and abundant life by walking in obedience to Him."
Assist provides services to "women and men in the midst of an unplanned pregnancy by offering medical grade pregnancy testing, ultrasound confirmation of pregnancy, medically-accurate information regarding abortion procedures and risks, and counseling about abortion alternatives such as parenting and adoption." For more information, visit Assist’s website.
Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
Founded in 1987 by a group of pastors and scholars, the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) was started to address the expanding influence of feminism in evangelical churches and its corresponding widespread compromising of the biblical understanding of the rolls of men and women. In opposition to the growing movement of feminist egalitarianism, they articulated what is now known as the complementarian position, which affirms that men and women are equal in the image of God, but maintain complementary differences in role and function. “The vision of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood is to see the vast majority of evangelical homes, churches, academic institutions, and other ministries adopt the principles of the Danvers Statement as a part of their personal convictions and doctrinal confessions and apply them in consistent, heart-felt practice.” CBMW provides scholarly articles and research and other resources. For more information, visit CBMW’s website.
Founders Ministries is committed to the teaching and promotion of historic Baptist principles as expressed in the Doctrines of Grace. Its theological framework is the first recognized confession of faith that Southern Baptists produced, The Abstract of Principles. Founders encourages the return to and promulgation of the biblical gospel that our Southern Baptist forefathers held dear. “The purpose of Founders Ministries is the recovery of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in the reformation of local churches. [They] believe intrinsic to this recovery is the promotion of the Doctrines of Grace in their experiential application to the local church particularly in the areas of worship and witness.” Founders seeks to accomplish these goals through a variety of means focusing on conferences and including publication, education, pastoral training, and other opportunities. Each of the ministries will be developed with special attention to achieve a healthy integration of doctrine and devotion. For more information, visit Founders Ministries’ website.
International Mission Board
Formed in the mid-nineteenth century, the International Mission Board (IMB) is an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) designed to make disciples of all peoples in fulfillment of the Great Commission. Arlington Baptist is in friendly cooperation with the SBC. The IMB seeks to evangelize through proclamation, discipleship, and ministry that results in indigenous reproducing Baptist churches. They help to facilitate the direct involvement of local churches in the Great Commission and the sending of missionaries to bring all peoples to faith in Jesus Christ. Since its founding, the IMB has sent more than 20,000 missionaries abroad. For more information, visit the IMB’s website.
Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia
The Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia (SBCV) exists to multiply, mature, and mobilize churches for the glory of God especially in Virginia. The SBCV is a state convention within the Southern Baptist Convention, and it seeks to provide resources for enabling churches to fulfill the great commission. Arlington Baptist is in friendly cooperation with the SBCV. For more information, visit the SBCV’s website.