Every follower of Jesus is called to be a missionary. The commission of Jesus to “go into the world and proclaim the Gospel” is a commission for each child of God. Therefore, at BLDG 28, we do not believe that mission work is for the “professional” foreign mission worker alone. Rather, we ardently believe that the city of Clearwater and the Tampa Bay area needs to be reached with the message of redemption, and we are Christ’s ambassadors to our community.
We instruct the people of BLDG 28 to be earnestly praying and intentionally looking for folks who need Jesus. Each home group within BLDG 28 embraces a local outreach for the purpose of renewing our city with the Gospel. BLDG 28 also provides opportunities for the entire church to serve our city and bring grace to those in need.
BLDG 28 holds to the belief that our city, the Tampa Bay metropolitan area, our nation, and the world will be reached through the continual reproduction of Gospel-driven, culturally engaging church plants. BLDG 28 is accepting the challenge of church planting and has a goal to plant at least ten churches in the Tampa Bay area over the next decade plus. In the fall of 2016, we launched a church planting residency program that invites potential planters to move to Clearwater, train and learn under the leaders of BLDG 28, and then spread across the area planting local churches to herald the Gospel and expand the kingdom.
In addition to the missional lifestyle that is constantly communicated at BLDG 28 and our upcoming church planter residency program, we also believe in and support other churches, church planting organizations, and church planters both in the United States and around the globe. For a full list of our partnerships please click here.
The Sheriff’s Youth Ranch provides the opportunity for BLDG 28 to serve foster children within 3 cottage homes along with their cottage parents. We minister every third Saturday of the month, preparing dinner, dining with them, cleaning the cottages, and playing outside with other volunteers from B28 (all the while giving the cottage parents a much needed break). We are striving to build relationships with the children, teens and cottage parents to intentionally connect them to the Gospel and the life found in the person of Jesus.
The Nursing Home is a ministry to seniors adults who, like everyone else, needs the true Gospel proclaimed. Each Sunday at 1:45 pm, BLDG 28 conducts a worship service for the residents of the home, leading them through songs, talking through the Gospel, and having conversations with those who attend.
High Point through the YMCA is an incredible way for us to reach a neighborhood of 8,000 working class families desperate for the Gospel. BLDG 28 goes out every last Saturday of each month to the YMCA, providing hot dogs, fruit, and water for the families. Through relationship building and now the addition of the Gospel Project curriculum for kids, we are seeing Gospel progress made in this neighborhood.
Bay Area Pregnancy Center allows us to minister to families and single mothers. Many clients coming to the Pregnancy Center are parents in need of guidance and spiritual direction. On the second Saturday of each month we provide meals for families, as well as activities and crafts for the children. This is a unique but incredibly needed ministry that meets the spiritual and physical needs of young families and unprepared mothers.