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Perseverance, faithfulness boost SBC church plants in 2020

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.

New Mexico church planter credits mentors, sending church

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.

Church planter reaching the marginalized in historic Florida town

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.

Easter Sunday provides launch opportunity for church plants in wake of pandemic

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?”

Teenage homelessness spurs church planters’ move to Las Vegas

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.

‘What if we did this together?’ – Churches merge to reach Charlotte

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.

Kansas church prepares to plant first church in 42-year history

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 pastor gets creative to change his community

CHICAGO – Corey Brooks plans to clean up Chicago, one neighborhood at a time, and he started in one of the worst: Woodlawn.

Despite church saturation, Gospel witness needed in Dallas suburb

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.