BALTIMORE – During the first part of the Executive Committee’s report to messengers, Brian and Hannah Crain, who this year planted Progression Church on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, were welcomed to the stage by Frank S. Page, president of the SBC Executive Committee.
The Crains were heavily influenced by the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at University of Louisiana, Monroe, which is supported by the Cooperative Program.
“It was through the BCM that I taught my first Bible study, that I preached my first sermon, that I led my first ministry event and the first time I ever led any ministry team,” Brian Crain said. “… The BCM taught me one thing, and they taught it well: They taught me how to make disciples.”
Because of Southern Baptist collegiate ministry, Crain said he recognizes that Jesus did not call him to be a passive participant in the church but to be a missionary.
“Through the BCM I learned how to effectively share the Gospel with lost people and see them put their faith in Christ,” Crain said, adding as a church planter, he daily uses the skills he learned.
“Your giving through the Cooperative Program has fueled my call to ministry,” Crain said.
Jacob Watts, an LSU student and member of Progression Church, joined the Crains on stage to testify that Southern Baptists’ giving through the CP, helped him start a church.
“Southern Baptist family, your investment is changing the lives of thousands upon thousands of college students every day just like me,” Watts said.