PGC Resource Page
In the past seven years, PGC has hosted groups from Texas, Missouri, Florida, Arkansas, Tennessee, Maryland, Oklahoma, Alabama and Georgia as well as Mississippi teams. The primary goal of PGC is to break the cycle of having VBS or Backyard Bible Clubs and then forgetting about the follow up of the prospects discovered. Other mission opportunities can be had as the opportunities become available. The PGC format is flexible enough that it can cater to not only youth mission groups but also family mission groups, senior adult groups or any combination.
Beatline Baptist Church, Philadelphia, MS, has participated in all seven years of our PGC program. Gilbert Baptist Church in South Carolina is in the fourth year of a five year partnership with one of our new church plants.
Partnership Gulf Coast began in 2011 as a way to engage mission teams on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and to help our GCBA churches to build longer lasting relationships with the communities around them. Our typical schedule is four days (M-Th) of ministry/servant evangelism projects in the morning (set up by the local church), afternoons free for your worship/Bible Study times followed by two Backyard Bible Clubs or VBS in the evening. Friday is reserved for you to go to the beach, waterpark or sightseeing. We do ask you to hold a Block Party for your host church on Friday evening. In 2017 we conducted four sports camps (basketball and soccer) in multifamily housing communities. These teams worked directly with our CRSS (pronounced "cross") program in multifamily housing communities.
Gulf Coast Baptist Association furnishes three college age interns to work with you during your week. They take you to and from your sites, serve as a liasion between the local churches and your group and between you and the GCBA office. The Backyard Club Bible Studies and lesson plans are also available to you via this website. GCBA has two areas to house teams on their campus, complete with bunkbeds, showers, kitchen, large group rooms plus washers and dryers. The cost is $12 per person per night. We are offering a third housing option for teams that desire to work in the Bay St. Louis/Waveland area in Hancock County. This will help cut drive time to projects down. Sorry, we do not furnish food but there is a Walmart Neighborhood Market and a SAM'S CLUB eight-tenths of a mile from our Gulfport facility. Two other grocers, drugstores and an urgent care are located within a mile of our Gulfport facilities. Those staying in Bay St. Louis will have access to a Walmart SuperCenter as well as local grocers.
Just as we are committed to developing the spiritual walk of our children, GCBA is committed to protecting the welfare of our children. Because of this we are requiring background checks on all summer participants 18 years and older. On our resource page, you will find a pdf copy of a Background Check permission form. Please have all adults coming with you on this mission trip fill out the form and send to Dionne Williams via any of the methods listed on the form (fax, email, snail mail). The results will be kept confidential and shared only with the team leader should a problem present itself. If your church already performs checks on volunteer workers, please feel free to submit copies of those checks. GCBA wants to be a good example to her churches of being responsible in all areas where the safety and welfare of our children is concerned.
How do you get involved? You will want to call and talk with Dionne Williams, associate missions director for Gulf Coast Baptist Association and main coordinator of the Partnership Gulf Coast program. He can be reached at 228-832-4311 or 228-233-9833. Leave a message if he can't get to the phone. You can e-mail him by clicking on his name. He can answer most of your questions.