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MOTTO: NTE - “Next Towns Evangelism with the New Testament Evangel”
NTE, “Next Towns Evangelism”, is a cooperative program of the Iowa Association of Regular Baptist Churches for the following purposes:
- To evangelize communities, with the goal of establishing a local, indigenous, Baptist church.
- To assist developing Baptist churches.
- To counsel established churches and help in church extension.
Here are some detailed guidelines to help with reaching these goals:
Assisting Developing Churches
Counseling Established Churches
Administrative Guidelines for NTE
Funding of NTE
We must first determine which communities would be good prospects.
In conjunction and cooperation with a local regional pastor’s fellowship, NTE would be willing to survey a new community, to determine if there is adequate interest in the establishment of a Regular Baptist Church.
In cooperation with the regional pastor’s fellowship, NTE would seek to establish regular Bible studies, which would have the goal of planting a Regular Baptist Church. The situation will dictate the methodologies to be used.
When NTE has supervised the start of a work, personnel for a Bible class or an emerging church will be recruited by NTE. When a regional fellowship, a local church, or a core group of believers has supervised the start of a work, NTE is willing to give assistance in the selection of personnel.
NTE is a resource for promotion, information, and funds to help the work become established.
Those works established with the aid of NTE will be expected to seek fellowship with the IARBC
NTE will only become involved in a local church at the request of the church.
NTE will seek to keep the IARBC aware of needs and developments in NTE works and other new and developing works in sympathy with the IARBC.
At the request of a local church, NTE will assist in the recruitment of personnel.
Through the regional pastor's fellowship, NTE will seek to provide counsel and assistance for such ministries as community surveys, evangelistic campaigns, and construction.
NTE will seek to give assistance to churches who have declared themselves either in association with the IARBC or are actively working in that direction.
Any IARBC sympathetic church may request NTE assistance.
NTE will communicate the needs of NTE churches with the regional pastor’s fellowship, and encourage the regional to communicate with NTE.
NTE will give assistance for specific needs of a local congregation upon request. (For example: materials, personnel, funds)
NTE will give assistance to churches who have declared themselves in fellowship with the IARBC or are actively working in that direction.
The committee shall consist of at least six men, including at least one member of the Council of Ten, who have been approved by the Council of Ten. The Council of Ten will appoint two new members each year for a three year term, and a member can serve no longer than two consecutive terms. The State Representative shell be a continuous member with the right of franchise.
The NTE Committee shall appoint its own officers and working committees.
The officers shall be:
The chairman shall appoint such committees as necessary to expedite the work.
The committee shall meet at the call of the chairman and the State Representative.
NTE funds will be released by a majority vote of the committee. A financial report shall be given to the Council of Ten.
NTE projects will be approved by the Council of Ten.
The secretary-treasurer shall provide the committee with an itemized financial report.
NTE shall utilize the clerical and the bookkeeping facilities of the IARBC.
NTE shall report to the IARBC at its spring meeting.
NTE shall keep the IARBC informed regarding the financial needs of regular operation and special projects.
The NTE account shall receive designated or regularly budgeted funds for its ministry, and have them deposited in the NTE fund of the IARBC. Designated gifts shall be received only for previously approved projects.