Traceway Baptist Church started in 2007 with a few families meeting together in a house in the Briars neighborhood in Clinton, Mississippi. Adults met each Sunday night in one house to explore what it meant to be the church, while children met in a neighboring house. After a few months of praying and growing together, Traceway held its first public service on the nearby Mississippi College campus. We've since continued to grow and explore that theme of being the church and today are reaching into our community as we strive to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and love our neighbors as ourselves. We're currently meeting at Garaywa Camp and Conference Center in the heart of residential Clinton.
Traceway's small groups give adults the opportunity to experience life together. They exist to point people to the Bible for answers - because the Bible points to Jesus - and to each other for encouragement.
Small groups meet on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The 9:30 a.m. group meets at Camp Garaywa, with children's group meeting at the same time. The 6:00 p.m. group meets at a local home in Clinton. Child care for this group is available at the home. Smaller groups two to four people meet during the week, at various times, for the purpose of more intimate discipleship.
Small groups at Traceway are about becoming more faithful followers of Jesus. You're invited to join us in a small group this week!
In the Bible we see that that God teaches his people about stewardship by leading them to live in seasons. The Old Testament command of working six days and resting on the seventh is called Sabbath. God also instructed his people to work the land for six years and allow it to rest and recover for more planing on the seventh.
We follow this pattern of stewardship at Traceway through "regifting." Each year for six years, we put aside 15% of our church budget so that in the seventh year we will have enough funds in savings to cover an entire year's church budget, allowing us to "regift" the entire church offering for one year to people in need in our own community. This does not replace our efforts to meet needs on an everyday basis, but supplements our regular giving.
For a better look at regifting and how it's worked at Traceway, read Giving Away the Collection Plate: ReGifting God's Love and Money by John Richardson. John was our founding pastor and now serves as a member of our church council.