CREATED FOR WORSHIP - JESUS. LORD. KING. SAVIOR 
 
Our goal is to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior – Jesus Christ.
The enriching experience of being part of a church is not just highlighted on Sundays-
it’s a daily adventure, best explored alongside others who will offer you support and encouragement.
As you take a look around we hope that you would be drawn to embrace the true essence of community. 
 
We’re here for you in love and service, and we’d love to be a part of your journey.

Bible Verse of the Day 10/31/2020

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. — 1 Peter 5:8-9 (NIV)

Come Visit Us!

Address: 2274 Porter Road, Bear, Delaware 19701 (map)
Telephone: (302) 834-2928
 
 
Please connect with us!!!
 
Text Welcome if you are a Guest,
Text Connect if you are a Mission Partner,
Text Yardsale to sign up and keep informed about our Yard Sale,
 
to 302-205-0558

 

Good Shepherd Baptist Church
Service Update
Coronavirus Action
Updated 10/29/2020

Beloved,

In accordance with recent news and status of Delaware’s State of Emergency, we want to assure the committed community that the Eldership has discussed and are following the adjusted requirements. That being said, the Eldership has updated the preventative measures for the health and safety of GSBC.

In compliance with Governor John Carney’s Revised Modifications to the State of Emergency Declaration, effective June 15, 2020, we will begin to allow our mission partners to attend Sunday services starting Sunday Nov 08, 2020, as Gov. Carney has declared that “a house of worship or other place of religious expression or fellowship may conduct in-person services or activities at which attendance may reach a maximum of 60% of stated fire occupancy requirements but shall be lower if needed to permit all attendees to observe CDC social distancing guidelines.” We will also stream our live service to the Mission Hall and the Double room as needed to maintain our social distancing and occupancy compliance.  We do this to allow as many of our flock to experience fellowship during worship to the fullest extent possible while still worshiping Our God with the utmost of safety in mind.

We will continue to hold our services online as well, and encourage those at high risk to continue worshiping with us online until such time that you feel comfortable returning to our in-person fellowship of believers.

The following signage will be posted on all normal entrance doors prior to our “opening service” to be held Sunday May 31st, 2020. Please read and be prepared to follow these directions:

– DO NOT enter if you have a cough, high fever, shortness of breath or if you have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive with COVID-19 in the past fourteen (14) days;
 
– Individuals age thirteen (13) and up ARE REQUIRED to wear a cloth face covering to enter and remain inside (a cloth face covering is recommended but not required for children ages 2-12); except where doing so would inhibit an individual’s health.
 
– At all times, individuals who are not part of the same household should MAXIMIZE PHYSICAL DISTANCE from others and remain at least six (6) feet apart – handshaking, hugging, or kissing is discouraged;
 
– Proper hand washing and frequent use of hand sanitizer is encouraged.

There may or may not be any child care provided at this time so children should be prepared to remain with their parent/guardian at all times.

COVID-19 continues to pose a serious threat to our community. The Eldership encourages all vulnerable individuals, including those at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and those 65 and older, to continue to shelter in place.

 
Beginning with our Sunday NOV 29th worship service, GSBC will have two worship services in the morning. This is so that we can stagger our attendance as not to exceed the continued limitations placed on the total occupancy of our building. The services will be shorter, but identical services, only one hour in length. The first service will be between 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM and the second service between 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM.
 
To ensure safety and protect the health of everyone, no-contact forehead thermometers will be used to take temperatures before entry in the building for each service. Lobby/sanctuary/restroom areas will be cleaned/sanitized before each service. Hand sanitizers and wipes are stationed all over area for everyone to use regularly while in the building. All other areas except the lobby (which includes the office and small meeting room), restrooms and sanctuary will be OFF LIMITS to everyone at this time for sanitation reason.

This is most important: We ask you to contact your small group leaders as to which service you are being asked to attend. If you are not part of a small group, please contact Pastor Jessie directly.

*** Special Note ***

Everyone will still be able to give tithes and offering via GSBC’s website and Facebook through the GSBC’s PayPal link.
 

Again, we encourage the beloved not to forsake meeting together. Please use the gift of technology to continue to meet together on Sunday services and be discipled throughout the week. We encourage our families to tune in service together and use our RightNow media services to start a daily family discipleship. Let us continue to display the truth that “… God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (1 Timothy 1:7).

In Christ,

Elders of GSBC
 
 
 
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We are so glad you have chosen to connect with our Church Family here at Good Shepherd.  You can watch our recorded services or live streams here or on our Facebook Live page directly.  We would love to stay in contact with you and keep you informed of all of the events going on at Good Shepherd.  Please click on the Join Us button or Connect with GSBC here!!!

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Tithes, Offerings, and Giving





 
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The GSBC Community Yard Sale has become a real Community Event.  It was started as a way to give those in Trailer Parks a way to have a Yard Sale, which most Trailer Parks prohibit.  Depending on how the first yard sale went was going to determine if we would continue our planned “Once a Year” event.
 
As it turned out, it was such a huge success, that the Community asked us to hold it twice a year, and so we have.
 
Our Yard Sale is held the first weekend in June and the last weekend in September, on the Saturday, from 8 am – 1 pm.  Setup usually begins at 7 am.
 
We ask for a donation of only $5.00 per table/space.
 
We have limited tables on a first come first served basis, or you can bring your own.
 
We usually have donuts and coffee in the morning and a food outlet during the day.
 
We advertise in several local papers, on local radio, social media, this web site, as well as posters hung in many local establishments who support our goals.
 
What do we get out of the deal?  
 
We get to meet the great people in our community and you get to know us in a non-threatening, no pressure way.  We get to share our facility with you, and show the Love of Jesus without preaching or teaching, just meeting and greeting, in an inviting way, with no strings attached – Guaranteed!!!
 
So come out to buy, come out to sell, or just come out to browse and grab a bite to eat.
 
It’s a great time!  See you there!
 
 
*** IMPORTANT NOTICE ***
 
****COVID-19 Updates****
 
We regret to announce that
The Fall 2020 Yard Sale has been Canceled
 
Please see below on how to receive
free text updates on our Yard Sale or
continue to check here for updates.
 
We were hesitant to move forward with our fall yard sale, but the response, both vendor and customer has been OVERWHELMING!!!
 
Praise God!
 
This became a double edge sword however in that the plans to move indoor with such a large group made social distancing much to difficult. The choice was made to err on the side of your safety and cancel. This was not an easy decision and we prayed for good weather right up until we had to choose.
 
This Spring’s Yard Sale will be Held 
Saturday June 5th, 2021
 
Times have not changed
In case of rain we will move indoors
 
Rain or Shine! Widely Advertised!
Come to SELL! Come to BUY! Come to EAT!
Call to reserve your $5.00 tables or space
(302) 310-GAIL (4245).
 
You may bring your own tables
or rent them from GSBC on a
first come first served basis $5.00 per table.
 
Contact Gail at
302-310-GAIL (4245)
 
To Receive all Yard Sale updates, or sign up,
(we would ask all who are able to do this)
 
Or simply Fill out the Yard Sale Form Below
 
(Sign-up begins May 1, 2021)
 
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GIVE

 
Our God is a God of abundance and He loves to give. He sacrificed willingly on the cross and then invited us into fullness of life. As His children, we are called to imitate Him. Our generosity in giving is a demonstration of God’s character and a response to what He has done for us.
 
You can use or share this link for Tithes and Offerings;
 
 
 
You can SCAN the QR Code.
 

Tithes and Offerings





You can also mail in your Tithes and Offering to:
 
GSBC
2274 Porter Road
Bear, DE 19701
 
Thank you for giving to the Lord!

Small Group Feels Like Family

We’re not meant to navigate life alone. We flourish when we have meaningful relationships around us. Church is a wonderful place to look for a caring support system. But sometimes, it’s easy to feel like you are flying under the radar and could quietly fade away in a crowd. And it is unfortunate that for some, the church doors are taken for spinning turnstiles that allow people to just walk in and out, without tangible life change. But there’s surely more to it than that. The antidote to feeling disconnected is to become part of a small group! It promotes a close-knit sense of belongingness. Your presence counts. It feels like family, but it transcends the linear definition of family by blood or legal bonds.

 
 
 
 
What is a small group? It’s a group of people that come together on a recurring basis, usually weekly, and they share life together. The relationships formed in this manner reinforce the concept of kinship through shared values and beliefs.
 

Here are some of the things you can expect in a small group:

  • Everyone is acknowledged, regardless of where they are in their spiritual walk. We can all learn from the array of experiences represented by each person from different phases of life.
  • Know clearly which things are shared with confidentiality, and relay them only to God in prayer.
  • Some are talkers while some are natural listeners. Don’t force transparency if they are not ready for it.
  • Always steer through the challenges of life through the lens of the Word of God, and not your own subjective personal opinion
  • Friction may happen but we offer grace to one another other.
  • Small group is meant for outreach, to bring people together and get connected.
  • The group ideally needs to breakout and multiply when you reach a certain maximum number. 
Small group is life changing. There is an overflow of unconditional, non-judgmental support for one another. Relationships carry over outside of the group meetings, forming life-long friendships and accountability. Whether you are single or married, young or old, or anything in between, being part of the small group yields many benefits. Be part of one now and see people in a whole new set of light.
 
Click here to see what others think about being part of a small group.
 
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The Goal of Ministry

DSC06245Ministry is an overflow of God’s love that is demonstrated by service to others. There’s intentionality in meeting people where they are at and ushering them into a relationship with Jesus Christ. But it is only effective when you start with God. He is the One who empowers and enables you to be a spring of blessing for others. It is very much an inward process of filling up the heart before any outward expression occurs.  
 
Ministry is never one-dimensional nor should it ever be. It’s not just evidence of elbow grease for the sake of busyness – it’s more meaningful than that. It is relational and personal in nature. As J.R. Briggs puts it: “Faithful ministry isn’t a project. Ministry is people. The administrative elements of ministry should only be tools that lead us to building relationships with others.”   It calls for compassion as you work out peeling away the layers of people’s instinctive barriers. It is a continual commitment to stand by a person, waiting for them to become receptive to what you are teaching or sharing. It is discipleship in action.
 
DSC06296It may sound as though it requires much from you. And so often we find ourselves wrung out of energy and we reason out that we don’t have the time to commit to something that will pull us away from our already beefed-up schedules. But every burnt out soul needs refreshing. And in Proverbs 11:25, it says: A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.   So inspect closely the order of your priorities. See if there are any honest opportunities to re-align them, because there is truly nothing more fulfilling than taking part in the work that God is doing through people and toward people.  
 
There are many opportunities from where you’re standing. Go ahead, and look around you. Ministry can purposefully be accomplished in the home, in church, in school, in your place of work. Wherever your mission field is, you are to display and magnify the very character of Christ in your interactions with people.

 

Every believer is called to ministry. And every ministry should be doing The Great Commission.  This, below, is the goal of ministry. Are you on point?  

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age – (Matthew 28: 19-20).
 
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Our Church History

 

 
 

It was a seed of prayer that was planted by many to start a new American Baptist church in the Bear, Delaware area. It dug its roots in 1989 and sprouted into the Good Shepherd Baptist Church (GSBC). A steering committee cultivated the budding church in its first year until Rev. Sean Lee was named founding pastor.

The central meeting place was at Glasgow Pines Community Center in March 1990. A 4-week phone-a-thon was conducted, with volunteers from other American Baptist Churches making 14,514 phone calls to inform the community about the formation of the new church. On Mother’s Day of 1990, GSBC held its first worship service with 138 people in attendance. The subsequent weeks saw an average attendance of about 60 people.
 
Over the following months, fellowship continued to grow, as did its ministries and weekday programs. Before long, GSBC has outgrown the Community Center. And the search for affordable property began. Within a short time, the Lord led the search team to its present property, a four-acre lot. In January 1991, it held worship services at May B. Leisure Elementary School. In April of that year, GSBC celebrated the signing of its Constitution and dedication of the newly acquired land.

 

In April 1992, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new church building. The exterior structure was contracted out. And it took a village to construct the interior with the heartening participation of GSBC members, along with volunteers from several churches in the area, as well as from other East Coast churches. While the building was still a work in progress, GSBC conducted services on the property grounds under a large Army tent. What an exciting time that was in the life of the church. GSBC celebrated its first worship service and completed construction in November 1992.

 

Growth in the new building continued, with membership peaking at about 150 members. Near the beginning of 1995, special approval was obtained from the County to expand the burgeoning Sunday school classes into the main floor of the church house, while funds were collected for a new education wing. During that period, GSBC shared in over 100 baptisms, 12 weddings, 30 children dedication, and more than 200 souls won for Christ.

On June 8, 1997, Rev. Peter Ely was installed as the first permanent pastor since the founding of the church. Prayer teams were implemented, and they would provide prayer for individuals following the worship service. During this time, a praise team was also formed. Many outside groups began using the facilities, including Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Mom’s Club, Autistic Group from Newark High School, and a local Jazzercise group. Also, another newly formed church – Grace Tabernacle American Baptist Church began using the facility for worship, Sunday school, and weekday Bible study and prayer.
 
On July 4, 2001, a new education wing was completed and approved for occupancy. These additions were afforded, in part because insurance money was made available ($22,300) from damaged water pipes in the church house. In fact, this was just the amount needed to complete the project. The reason funds were low was that the church attendance had dwindled to less than 35, even as the building expanded.
 
There have been a total of 8 servants of God who each became an instrumental part in laying down the spiritual brickwork of GSBC over time:
  • Rev. Sean Lee (1990 – 1996)
  • Rev. David Darodd (1996 – 1997)
  • Rev. Peter Ely (1997 – 2002)
  • Rev. Steve Smith (2002 – 2003)
  • Rev. Rick Hill (Aug – Dec 2003)
  • Rev. Robert Zimmerman (2004 – 2005)
  • Rev. Leland Maxson (2005 – 2007)
  • Rev. William Offutt (2007 – 2010)
  • Rev. Gregory Ellis (2010 – 2013)
 
 
 

A new chapter was penned in 2013 as two separate churches intertwine and recognize the mutually beneficial decision to join as one.

It became evident that each was the answer to the other’s prayer. The merger marks a major turning point in the history of GSBC.

Healing Water Bible Church International (HWBCI) was a next-door neighbor, affiliated with Southern Baptist Church. Though it had its humble beginnings in 2004 meeting in a trailer at the parking lot of Ogletown Church, its stable growth ultimately reached the full capacity of its subsequently owned residential property in Porter Road, utilized as a church facility. Facing zoning issues, HWBCI became an itinerant church with provisions saved up, actively looking for a permanent place to pitch in its pegs.

It was a complementing union, supplying what the other needed. HWBCI had to live out to its name to heal, as it served as the lifeline for GSBC to continue in its course pulsating in its mission to cater to the community where it’s planted. The HWBCI congregation voted in favor of the merger, in line with the recommendation of its Senior Pastor Jessie Arce who piloted a new disposition of embracing cultural diversity for the heavily Filipino congregation. And in turn, GSBC found its doors bustling with foot traffic. The combined leadership decided to become non-denominational Baptist, no longer affiliating itself with the Southern Baptist or the American Baptist, but rather to align itself with “organizations of like faith” so that we can officially continue to work with both organizations.
 

God breathed life into the situation. But it also called for its members to get out of their comfort zones and stretch their faith to far greater heights than they’ve ever been. A lot of changes were introduced and it inherently became a pruning phase for the Church body.

 
Amid all the moving parts, investing in the younger generation to bring about youthful energy into the mix remained a high-priority objective. The big push in this direction will sustain the generational balance and ensure the longevity of the church, training its future leaders and activating them now to participate in the overall commission.

 

A second vocational position was imminent to close the gap of engaging younger demographics. In 2012, Pastor Daniel Vaughan was hired into the role of the first Student Pastor and hoisted in the middle of the action for this divinely appropriated progression. In 2016, his function expanded as the Associate Pastor also.
 
 
In June 2016, the GSBC leadership challenged its members to be mission-minded through the Capture The Vision (CTV) capital campaign. The church embarked on a major renovation of the facility to create an open layout at the rear end of the building and have a conducive and inviting fellowship hall. The intention was to build a community hub, strengthening local missions and outreach, while promoting biblical generosity.
 
It was timely and fitting that in February 2017, GSBC welcomed its third pastoral staff in the person of Pastor Paul Vaughan who now serves as the Discipleship and Outreach Pastor. He has filled a real need to equip and train all the Elders, Deacons, and Ministry Leaders to be cognizant of the Purpose, Mission, and Vision (PMV) of the church. He is looking to mobilize all the small groups to march forward in one accord.
Pastor Jessie Arce
GSBC Senior Pastor
 
Pastor Daniel Vaughan
Former GSBC Associate & Student Pastor
 
Pastor Paul Vaughan
GSBC Discipleship & Outreach Pastor
 
Throughout its history, GSBC has established a stronger sense of identity, survived transitional periods of internal conflict, and emerged with a new vision and excitement for ministry. It continually pursues to reach into the community as a colorful mosaic projecting the diversity of the people it serves. The Gospel is for all regardless of background, age, ethnicity, or social-economic status. GSBC welcomes everyone into the family.
 
 
We are Disciples making Disciples through:
  • Genuine Relationship
  • Sacrificial Service
  • Bold Evangelism
  • Committed Community