Strengthening Community Missions Through Partnerships
Soon after Operation Inasmuch began in 1995, Baptist Men of North Carolina recognized the potential of this grassroots model of community ministry for churches across the state. At first, they encouraged NC Baptist congregations to consider learning how to conduct their own Inasmuch event by participating in a training experience at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church where Inasmuch began. “This was very early,” says David Crocker, Founder of Inasmuch. “We had no training materials or much of an idea how to train other churches, but we did our best and some churches took what we offered and had very good initial experiences with Inasmuch.”
Somewhere around 2007 Baptist Men and Inasmuch formed a partnership that resulted in a massive Inasmuch event on April 19, 2008. On that date more than a thousand churches across the state of North Carolina, from the mountains to the sea, all 100 counties in the state had Inasmuch events!
Baptist Men, who are committed to hands-on ministry, much of it in disaster relief, introduced their large statewide network to Inasmuch who trained hundreds of churches in how to conduct an Inasmuch Day. Training events were conducted in all 10 regions of the state. Baptist Men arranged for these events; Inasmuch conducted the training, and ministry took place across the state. “Churches, individual believers, countless people in need, and in some cases, whole communities have been impacted as a result of the partnership between Baptist Men and Inasmuch,” says Crocker. “There is no way we could have ever expected Inasmuch to grow as it has without the help of Richard Brunson and the entire Baptist Men’s organization.”
Special thank you to Richard Brunson and Paul Langston of Baptist Men for sharing their story with us.