Officially launched at the June 2009 Conference of the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches, The Quest is a network that promotes young regular Baptist leaders in taking an active role in the GARBC. The intent of the network is to honor Associational values of the past while building a strong Association of churches for the future. The network’s name reflects this desire, as it is from the book title Quest for Faithfulness, written by former GARBC national representative Paul Tassell. The book describes how young leaders shaped the GARBC and made it into the strong association it is today. The current generation of young leaders desire to address and tackle issues that are facing the church. Using a solid doctrinal base, Quest leaders desire to answer the question, “What should our response to these issues be?” Young Baptist leaders desire to move beyond conversation and dialogue to initiate action.
The General Association of Regular Baptist Churches is a voluntary partnership of independent Baptist churches committed to the Great Commission mandate. Since its beginning in 1932, the GARBC has been synonymous with an allegiance to the Word of God, a focus on the local church, and a passion for worldwide evangelism.
The GARBC builds its movement on sound Biblical doctrine, separating from theological liberalism and compromising accommodation. The GARBC embraces a mission to:
- Champion Biblical truth—The Word of God is inherently powerful to save and equip those who respond in faith to its message (2 Timothy 3:15–17). We commit to communicating the whole counsel of God in its timeless relevance.
- Impact the world for Christ—The only message that will change the eternal destiny of the lost is the gospel. We determine to obey the Great Commission assignment of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18–20).
- Perpetuate a Baptist heritage—Biblical doctrine provides theological parameters that give direction and identity to individuals and churches. We faithfully promote our Scriptural legacy.
- Advance GARBC churches—God uses the church to do His work of evangelism and instruction. We seek to strengthen existing churches and to plant new ministries.
As a network of independent churches, the GARBC provides opportunities for churches to partner for initiatives such as church plants, missions consortiums, camping programs, literature distribution, ministry training, and international outreach. The Association provides fellowshipping churches with quality resources, support services, and spiritual encouragement to carry out their ministries.