PORTLAND, Ore. — Like most other things in 2020, church planting looked different. But thanks to a strong network of support and a cadre of resilient church planters, Southern Baptists planted 588 new churches, an increase of 36 over the previous year.
RAYADO CREEK, N.M. (BP) – A couple of years ago, Jeff Ogata felt God calling him to plant a church. Today, he knows his role as pastor of Rayado Creek Family Fellowship happened because of God’s leading, but also the investment others made in his life and the sacrifice of a small, elderly congregation.
SANFORD, Fla. (BP) – When Arthur Gonçalves first met Adam, he was pushing a cart in downtown Sanford. When offered a meal and prayer, he accepted both. And by the end of the night, he also accepted Christ as his personal Savior.
NASHVILLE (BP) -- “Someone asked me the other day how I felt about launching a church this weekend,” Derrick DeLain, lead pastor of Proclamation Church said this morning during a phone call. “I’m hyped, but like it is when you’re getting ready to play in a big game, you almost feel like you’re about to throw up, too. We’re excited about it and ready – Hey, you mind holding on a second?”
LAS VEGAS (BP) – Joseph Gibbons and his wife Kristen had been involved in youth ministry in Alabama for a while when God started tugging on their hearts about church planting.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) – One was a young church plant, a few years old and outgrowing their meeting space. The other was an older congregation located on Charlotte’s “main vein,” with a desire to reach the city in a fresh way. Two churches with different demographics and histories ultimately offered exactly what the other sought.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BP) – Despite the hardships of 2020 – and the inevitable continued challenges the pandemic brings – Blue Valley Baptist Church is sending out its first church planter next month.
CHICAGO – Corey Brooks plans to clean up Chicago, one neighborhood at a time, and he started in one of the worst: Woodlawn.
DESOTO, Texas (BP) – As in much of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, churches are easy to find in DeSoto. What is harder to find, though, is a consistent Gospel witness leading to changed lives. With that need in mind, Ed Johnson III led a group to plant Harvest Fellowship Baptist Church.
At 83, former Mississippi missions director and church planter perseveres in ministry as interim pastor
WEST POINT, Miss. (BP) – At 83, Bill Duncan is still the man Mississippi churches are apt to call as an interim when they aren't quite ready to call a fulltime pastor.