Our church family at Antioch Baton Rouge has been serving and caring for the people of their city this week in response to the devastating flood. Here is an excerpt from a recent update sent by their senior pastor, Jake Griffin:
“Thank you for the outpouring of concern and support for our city over the last few days! While the need is great, it has been incredible to watch the community and local churches rally around one another. We believe God will be glorified and draw many people to Himself through this tragedy.
The largest shelter in the city is located 10 minutes from our church office and is currently sheltering more than 4,000 people. We have been given a unique opportunity to serve at this shelter and will focus most of our resources on this location during this initial response phase.
There is an unending amount of work to be done so if you are looking for a way to respond, we can utilize any and all help. We want to be able to show up and meet needs that haven’t been met. We need resources to buy the materials no one is buying. If you would like to give financially, please go to antiochbr.com. For those of you asking about donating physical items, the most pressing needs are ever evolving, but a list can be found here.
Please continue to pray for the peace and presence of God to surround so many who are hurting and for wisdom for us to know how to best serve and minister the love of Jesus in the coming days!
Antioch Baton Rouge Pastor
- For the peace and presence of God to surround so many who are hurting
- For wisdom to know how to best serve and minister with the love of Jesus
- Antioch Baton Rouge is accepting donations on behalf of flood victims. All funds will be used to aid those displaced by the flood. Give here.
More than 200 people went on our church-wide and junior high mission trip to Baton Rouge this past weekend! Rain or shine, we were there to share the Gospel and serve the people of Baton Rouge. We had to move our outreaches to the mall because of the rain, but that didn’t stop us from setting up our bounce house, sno cone machine, face painting table and balloon animals. Our kids performed a drama sharing the Gospel story and we had prayer teams available for anyone who wanted to be prayed for. At our outreaches, many people heard the Gospel, gave their lives to Jesus and received prayer. We love this city! It was a blast being there, making new friends and sharing the love of Jesus with the amazing people of Baton Rouge.
We had a great time meeting people and sharing the Gospel.
Our prayer teams were available to pray for anyone who needed praye
Sno Cones for the win!
Hanging out in the mall gave us a great opportunity to connect with lots of people.
The face painting table was a hit!
We had some talented face painters on the team!
Shout out to Holly Southerland for sharing her pics from the weekend!
Last week was a big week for us!
Our College Ministry took more than 500 students to Edinburg, Texas for Awaken. Our church-wide mission trip went to serve our church plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and more than 250 adults and kids participated. What a week! Take a look:
Our church-wide mission trip to Baton Rouge began bright and early Thursday morning as people gathered at 7 a.m. to load onto our five buses. The bus ride was a great time for kids and adults alike to connect with Lifegroup friends and begin new friendships with new faces. We pulled into Baton Rouge that night ready to worship Jesus and after dinner together we all headed to our rooms to rest up for a full day on Friday.
Friday started with powerful equipping sessions- adults got to hear Jake griffin, senior pastor at Antioch Baton Rouge share his testimony. Their faith was stirred as jake shared how community and transparency pulled him out of habitual sin cycles, into the church and off to Baton Rouge to plant a church. Our kids had a blast practicing their drama for the outreach and learning about how Jesus is the best and most faithful leader to follow.
Our awesome junior-high kids spent the afternoon passing out invitations to our Friday night outreach, a carnival night with face-painting, games, bounce houses, food and lots of fun. Both the kids and adults performed dramas. We shared the Gospel and many people gave their lives to Jesus! There were around 1000 people together in the park and many members of the church were able to meet someone from Baton Rouge, pray for them and invite them to church on Sunday!
Today we went to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and passed out water and invited people to a cookout this evening where we will have food, games and share the Gospel.
Baton Rouge is an amazing city! The people here are so fun, kind and welcoming. It’s been a blast to make new friends and share the love of Jesus with the people of Baton Rouge.
We are a people on mission.
Each year, hundreds of students from our college ministry spend their spring break in Edinburg, TX for Awaken, sharing the love of Jesus with those who don’t know Him and growing in their own relationships with God. This year, we also have more than 200 adults, junior high students and kids of traveling to Baton Rouge, LA for a spring break mission trip of their own. We would love to have you pray for us and with us as we go out into the world to make disciples of Jesus!
How you can pray for Awaken
- Pray God would provide any remaining financial needs for 500 college students to be able to go on the trip.
- Pray for God to continue to prepare the hearts of individuals and families in Edinburg who will hear the Gospel. Our students will go out to public parks five of the six nights of the trip and we desire to see God bring salvation and transformation to all that we share during our trip.
- God has a powerful plan and for each and every student going on this trip. Pray the students will encounter the heart and mission of God for their individual lives.
- Pray every logistical detail runs smoothly, for our traveling to be safe, our accommodations to be ready and our meetings and sessions to be powerful.
How you can pray for the mission trip to Baton Rouge
- Pray God would provide any remaining financial needs for individuals and families to go on the trip.
- Pray for people we encounter to respond to the Gospel and be saved. Ask that God would add people to the Baton Rouge church plant!
- Pray every member of our team would be able to make meaningful connections with the people of Baton Rouge.
- Pray the people going on this mission trip would have a life-changing experience that would stir them to a great place of faith in God.
- Pray God would provide great weather for our multiple outdoor outreaches.
If you can, set a reminder to pray for our mission trips each day of spring break! We are so excited to see what God has planned for the people of our church and the people they encounter in Edinburg and Baton Rouge.
Dear Antioch Family,
I am so excited about the upcoming church-wide mission trip to Baton Rouge! I grew up in Beaumont, Texas which is just three hours away from Baton Rouge. We always called Louisiana a foreign country, so for all of those who want to be involved in foreign missions with another culture, come on and join us in in Baton Rouge!
When Laura and I look back on our life of raising kids, we have found these kinds of trips were the most impactful thing, not only for our whole family but also for each of our kids as individuals. As we sit around the table with our adult kids and share favorite stories from their childhood, conversation always lands on the mission trips where our kids met with God, became closer to another family or how they believed God for the resources needed for the trip.
So let me encourage you – whether you are single or married, whether you have little kids or older kids, come and be a part of this incredible opportunity to reach out to the people of Baton Rouge. God cares about the people of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and as you share the good news of Jesus with them, lives are changed for eternity.
In His Strength and Love,
Jimmy Seibert, Senior Pastor
“Therefore got and make the disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you and I am with you always to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
When I preach to the junior high students, each year I ask them, “Who are you discipling? Who are you reaching out to, teaching and baptizing?” Many of them look back at me with blank stares that say, “Aren’t we too young to do all of that?”
The answer is a big, giant NO.
Nowhere in the above verse does Jesus give any qualifications for being called into ministry. Parents, this applies to you. Teachers, this applies to you. Nurses, children, business people, administrators, nannies, students, veterans – this, living missionally wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, applies to you.
But some of us need a jump start. How do we begin this life of making disciples daily?
Might I suggest the Church-Wide Mission Trip to Baton Rouge? These trips are an opportunity to deepen your relationship with God, your connection to the church, your relationships with your family and last, but not least – deepen your ability and confidence to reach out to others, make disciples, teach and baptize. All believers in Christ are called to this lifestyle of ministry.
Sign up to join us in Baton Rouge today!
By Kelly Woods, Junior High Pastor
Each year, Antioch Discipleship School students take week-long trips to church plants around the country to encourage the churches and reach out in their cities.
This year, the 70+ students from the school were divided into five groups and sent around the country.
This group of students got to jump in with the Lawrence church the week of their second church service. They spent their afternoons reaching out on the KU campus and around the city in the evenings. One evening, they went to get some ice cream, and a few of them started talking to a group of freshman girls. That morning, someone on the team felt like God gave them a picture of a crescent moon. One of the girls was wearing a shirt that said “Crescent Moon” in large letters. They shared this with the girl, and she was encouraged and eager to meet up again. After meeting with one of the Waco team members several times, she came to church, stayed late to help and got connected to a leader from Lawrence.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Antioch A2 is a second-generation church plant, sent out just two months ago by Antioch Dallas to reach out to students at the university campuses and the greater Detroit area. In partnering with the Ann Arbor team, the students’ simple goal was to “make friends for the church.” While there, they had the first two college Lifegroup meetings and gathered contact information for many people who were interested in the church as they boldly reached out and shared the Gospel.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Thirteen students road-tripped down to Baton Rouge to partner with Antioch BR. The church there started their discipleship school this year with eight students, so the Waco students got to spend a lot of time with them – building relationships and reaching out on LSU campus together. They were amazed at the warmth and openness of the students on campus who were eager to be prayed for and encouraged!
The students who went to Norman were so encouraged by the culture of freedom and passion of the church there! The church provides rides to Walmart each week for the many international students at OU that are without transportation. Three of the students from Waco were telling people about this service when they met a girl from South Africa who invited them into her home. After talking to her for a while, she opened up and shared with them her birthday had been the day before, but no one had remembered. The students then bought her a cake, celebrated her and encouraged her with the love of God.
This team of students loved getting to partner with this church plant from Boston. While there, they reached out to students at ASU, which has almost 75,000 students. One afternoon, two of the girls walked around campus with signs reading “need some encouragement?” and “want a compliment?” hoping to start some conversations. They stopped to talk to one guy who said he could use some encouragement. They prayed and asked God to speak to him, and he felt like God told him how to save his marriage. After sharing more with him, he decided to give his life to Jesus! That night, he brought his wife to the college service, and she gave her life to Jesus as well.
Want to have a week like this? Get more information on Antioch Discipleship School.