In April of 2019, our Pastoral Assistant, Brian Berl, moved his family to Moultrie, GA to plant a church.
We desire to play our part in helping pastors to plant, grow, and multiply healthy churches. We offer pastors in our network a strong vision, thorough leadership assessment, funding for newly planted churches and staff, coaching, training, renewal, and resources. In so doing, we believe we can best steward their gifts for the benefit and renewal of their local congregations.
Since 2011, our aim at Sojourn Network has been to provide the care and support necessary for our pastors to lead their churches with strength and joy – and to finish ministry well. By God’s grace, we hope to accomplish this both now and in the years to come.
Crawford Avenue is an established Sojourn Network church, providing financial support & coaching to church planters across North America.
9Marks exists to equip church leaders with a biblical vision and practical resources for displaying God’s glory to the nations through healthy churches. To that end, we want to see churches characterized by these nine marks of health:
- Expositional Preaching
- Biblical Theology
- The Gospel
Crawford Avenue is a 9Marks endorsed church and a contributing member of the 9Marks community.
Since its beginning, IMB has had one goal: bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost peoples of the world. At the first Southern Baptist Convention in 1845, the Foreign Mission Board (FMB) was founded as part of “one sacred effort, for the propagation of the Gospel.” Southern Baptist churches believed that by working cooperatively, they could accomplish more for God’s kingdom. That belief still stands strong today.
Empowered by an enlarged worldview and the support of the Cooperative Program, which was founded in 1925, Southern Baptists responded with 1,000 missionaries serving in 1955. In the 1960s, FMB initiated new opportunities for people to answer the call to foreign missions, through programs such as Missionary Associates and Journeyman.
IMB has shifted focus from geographic countries to people groups, with a concerted effort to start church-planting movements among unreached peoples. Technological advances have provided unprecedented opportunities for missionaries to spread the Gospel, and Southern Baptists have reached into areas previously considered forbidden by political barriers.
IMB’s history continues to develop each day. Strategies to reach the world change as the world changes. What has not changed is the strong commitment of Southern Baptists to join the Author of history in His redemptive movement to advance His Gospel among all peoples.
Crawford Avenue continues to be in the top 10% of per capita giving to the IMB among SBC churches. We currently partner with Chandler & Kelli Snyder of the IMB to reach the urban core of Cape Town, South Africa. We also have one CABC member serving a two year term in South Asia through the Journeyman program.
For almost 170 years, Southern Baptists have sought to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people everywhere. The Southern Baptist Convention was formed with a Gospel vision. Its founding charter identifies its singular focus: "...for the purpose of eliciting, combining, and directing the energies of the Baptist denomination of Christians, for the propagation of the Gospel..."
Southern Baptist churches are autonomous bodies that cooperate freely with other churches. Governance of each church resides within the local church body, not in an external hierarchical system. As such is the case, SBC churches vary in culture, structure, and distinctives, having The Baptist Faith & Message as a common theological basis.
Crawford Avenue is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Georgia Baptist Convention, and the Augusta Baptist Association.