For LABC, mission outreach has always been an accompaniment to faithful preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. At times the outreach focus has been in ministries of service and compassion, while at other times there has been significant engagement in efforts to build justice and peace, locally and in far off places. The story of many past mission emphases is included in the Church History pages of this web site. (See “About Us”)
Currently the primary focus of the church’s outreach is in response to God’s gift to Rochester of hundreds of refugees from Burma, most of whom are Baptist thanks to the witness of Baptist missionaries 150 years ago. LABC has extended a genuine welcome to these newcomers and has been blessed by their warm response. As the church is devising ways of including these largely non-English speakers in our corporate worship and congregational life, a Burmese speaking refugee outreach coordinator has been employed to help refugees secure basic services, and to coordinate the involvement of LABC members in providing one-on-one support.
LABC maintains a long-standing engagement with the Edgerton neighborhood in which
the church’s building is situated. The neighborhood association meets regularly at the
Edgerton recreation center and our members often have worked closely with them on
local needs. For example, the church advanced a major part of matching funds to develop
a public and private partnership for a housing redevelopment project on a street adjacent
to our church building, and, LABC helped provide volunteers and funding to build a
nearby house in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity.
In addition to the current mission emphases of the congregation, the church also provides
regular support with dedicated offerings and contributions - and sometimes volunteers -
for our partners in mission. These partners proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and carry
out collaborative service and justice advocacy programs from the Edgerton neighborhood (Share the Warmth Coat Drive)
to the far corners of the world. For a listing of LABC’s current partners, please see
“Partners in Mission.”
Partners In Mission
Through dedicated offerings and budgeted commitments, LABC maintains a regular financial support for all the following partners. The specific amounts contributed can be found in the LABC Annual Report.
Metropolitan Rochester & Surrounding Community:
Board for Campus Ministries
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
Faith in Action Network (Greater Rochester Community of Churches)
Fairport Baptist Homes
Judicial Process Commission
Refugee Outreach Ministries
New York State:
National and International:
American Baptist Churches/ USA - United Mission
ABC - America for Christ Offering
ABC - Direct Missionary Support
ABC - One Great Hour of Sharing
ABC - Retired Ministers & Missionaries Offering
ABC - World Mission Offering
Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists
Baptist Joint Committee For Religious Liberty
Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America
Baptist World Alliance
National Council of Churches
World Council of Churches
Refugee Outreach Clean Sweep Neighborhood Cleanup
Sponsored by Lake Avenue Baptist Church but made possible through the support of many other donors – individuals, foundations, corporations, and churches.
Case Management Services:
Assistance with medical care, social services, education, housing, employment, transportation, and emergency needs.
Support in cultural adaptation and immigration issues.
Focused on refugees from Burma and other countries after their initial 6 months of resettlement support through Catholic Family Center.
Coordinated by Refugee Outreach Coordinator, Hkadin Lee, and other volunteers.