Miami church planter featured in Annie Week of Prayer guide
Mar 7, 2014
By BP STAFF

“If you go to a city, you go as a missionary. The church grows out of your missional living. It’s not about making the right moves or reading the right books. It’s disciple making and obedience.” Coats points to the example of his son’s football team as evidence of effective missional living.

His son, Patrick II, plays quarterback for South Miami Senior High School. As an involved parent, Coats got to know the team’s head coach. At a team meal for the families the coach asked Coats to give a blessing.

“From that I was able to share the Gospel and three players have given their lives to Christ and been baptized since,” said Coats. “That’s how church happens, in living. It’s Acts 2:42.” 

PRAYER North American Mission Board missionary Patrick Coats (second from left) leads a prayer following a beach baptism service with members of Kingdom Covenant Baptist Church, the church he planted in Homestead. Coats is a Week of Prayer missionary for NAMB and is being featured during the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® promotion. NAMB Photo by Ted Wilcox
Living in church also led to an important introduction for Coats. He met his future wife in youth group.

“Archalena and I met in youth group in my grandfather’s church,” said Coats. “She was big into WMU. She was an Acteen queen regent. She would not even give me the time of day when we met. Eventually she allowed me to be her escort.” In addition to son Patrick, the couple also has two daughters, Joy and Faith.

Being named an Annie Armstrong Week of Prayer Missionary was humbling to Coats. He has long known of the significance of the offering for North American Missions.

“The Annie Armstrong offering is super important,” said Coats. “We’ve benefited from training, resources and partnering churches who’ve come down and labored with us in the field. The best encouragement for a church planter is knowing he’s not alone. Through the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, other SBC churches are made aware of church planting and they come alongside the plant to help in a big way.”

To learn more about Patrick Coats and the ministry of Kingdom Covenant Baptist Church, including a video, visit www.anniearmstrong.com. To find your place in God’s mission, begin with www.namb.net/mobilize-me.

 

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