Posted on August 17, 2021 8:00 AM by Oliver Hawkins
It is easy to come up with slogans and goals, but there is value in setting goals and working to achieve them. In the next four years, the hope, prayer, and goal at the Send Network is to work with churches and our partners to see some great things happen. We hope to add 5,000 new churches to our Southern Baptist family, giving us more than 50,000 churches. When we imagine together adding 5,000 churches to our Southern Baptist family by the end of the year 2025, we know this means that we need to add 1,250 churches each year to our family. How will we do this?
Our goal of adding 1,250 churches annually will look something like this, 600 new churches planted annually across the US and Canada, 100 new campuses identified or added by our multi-site churches annually, 350 new churches affiliating with us annually. What does all this mean? It means that working together we can enlarge the footprint of the areas where we as Southern Baptist are taking the Gospel to the lost. If the Lord continues to bless, by 2030 one-third of all SBC churches will have been planted since 2010. Your church already plays an important role in this vision by your gifts to the Cooperative Program and the Annie Armstrong Easter offering.
Thank you for your support! If you would like to explore how your church could be more involved in church planting, there are so many ways to get involved. CABA offers the No Place Left training that will train your members in evangelism as well as start them thinking about ways to reach their neighbors with the gospel which is what church planting is all about. We can help your church set up a residency to train potential church planters using the multiplication pipeline as a tool to help train leaders, some of which may become church planters. Your church could become a Sending church for a church planter or a partnering church by agreeing to pray for and help a church planter as the Lord leads.
Church planting is not all of the answers to how we reach our city and region with the gospel, but it is a great part of the answer. We need more churches in strategic areas and with your help, the 2025 Vision can be a reality.
Oliver Hawkins serves as NAMB's Church Planting Catalyst for the Cincinnati area.