Twin Rivers Baptist Association
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Churches joining hearts, prayers, and hands to see our world brought to Christ's saving power.

Church Planting and New Work


Hello all!

I'm sure all your church's mission budget is committed for 2019, but as you prepare to work on your 2020 budget I wanted to inform you about a SBC church planter named Rob Rash in Washington, MO.  Rob and his wife Christine have six kids and launched Echo Church in Washington roughly a year ago.  They are both first-generation Southern Baptists and God is doing a good work through them in their city.  Currently, Rob is working three days a week doing drywall work and is watching kids to help pay the bills.  In addition to NAMB funding and his church's offerings, Rob needs to raise $2,000 a month to go full-time.  Our church is going to step up and give him at least $200/mo in 2020.  If you are looking for a good Gospel-worker to add to your missions program, I'd highly recommend Rob to you.  Here's their last update:

Grace & Peace,
Sam Byers - pastor | president

First Baptist Church

Elsberry Community Growth Association 

(573) 795-1432 - cell/text



Church Planting 

click here for: Information for TRBA Church Planters


Church Planting Partnership

click here for: Information for TRBA Partnering Churches 


Growth in the Twin Rivers Baptist Association is absolutely awesome! In a few moments, you will read about some of the population trends. For now, let us share with you that there has been a population shift in the St. Louis Metropolitan Region for over a decade. Those who have lived in the area can verify that 10 years ago there were farms and open fields where new sprawling suburbs exist and families live. Finding places to shop and eat is not a challenge. What is a challenge is providing road systems to keep up with expanding traffic needs.

Now, for a few facts...Below are a few cities in our Association that have shown growth. This is not an exhaustive list. The growth percentages are taken from a comparison between the 1990 and 2000 US Government Census. For more quick facts, click here.

  • Troy - 77% growth
  • Moscow Mills - 89% growth
  • Foristell - 134% growth
  • O'Fallon - 147% growth

As you can see on the map, Twin Rivers Baptist Association is comprised of churches in the St. Charles, Warren, Montgomery, and Lincoln Counties area. Since much of the population growth is coming west of St. Louis (as well as north and south) you can see that our Association is on the front side of the growth wave. The "white water" of the wave is on the way. Included in this growth swell are people groups such as: African Americans; Hispanics; Asians; Russians; and Anglos. As a matter of fact, there is a projection indicating we will experience a large influx of Hispanics and Asians during the next decade. Also of interest is the fact that the largest Bosnian population in the United States lives in the St. Louis Metropolitan Region.

With that little bit of information, the question is, "What kind of planter do we believe God wants in our area?" Below is a small list of experience and character qualifications. This is not a complet list.

  • A person who has a proven history of active personal soul winning and corporate evangelism experience.
  • A person who has had experience in mission work in the US or overseas.
  • A person who has a track record of building relationships with individuals, community organizations, businesses, and other civic groups, with the goal of building a core group and a sponsorship base.
  • A person who has a cache of leaders, in their past, whom they have apprenticed and involved in ministry.
  • A person who passionately and intentionally disciples believers to their potential and releases ministry to them. We would call this an Empowering Leader. 
  • A person who leads by example and coaching.
  • If married, a wife who fully supports and undergirds the work and has determined her own unique role in the ministry of Church Planting. We lift up the planter's family and encourage them to nurture their relationships.
  • A core values set that provides the necessary passion for a long tenure and a Spiritual Gifts cluster that empowers others toward becoming a Great Commission church.

Since our joy is helping churches birth new churches, the Association staff works to develop a candidate "pool." Twin Rivers Baptist Association Churches, with a vision to plant a new church, can draw from this pool at any time. If you would like to submit your resume to our candidate pool, please mail it to:

Twin Rivers Baptist Association
100 twin Rivers Lane
Wright City, MO 63390

636-745-9777 or 1-800-486-1826

If you would like to communicate with someone regarding church planting, please feel free to contact, Director of Missions.

Other links:

Church Planting Partnership

Church Planting Resources

North American Mission Board

Missouri Baptist Convention