Church planting in N-C- - God is up to something!
    February 23 2010 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

    Soon after becoming the Executive Director-Treasurer of the Baptist State Convention (BSC) I developed a document entitled, Seven Pillars for Ministry: Biblical Concepts for a Christ-Centered Vision to strategically and proactively guide the work of your BSC staff.

    “Plant New Multiplication Churches” stands as one of the central pillars of that document and God is obviously blessing our focus on church planting. Let me share with you what God did in 2009 through the church planting ministry of North Carolina Baptists. 

    In 2009, using your Cooperative Program and North Carolina Missions Offering dollars, the BSC welcomed 122 new churches into our convention.

    Ninety-eight of these new churches are new church starts and 24 are established congregations desiring to be a part of what God is doing in the Baptist State Convention.

    Of the 98 new church starts over half are non-Anglo church plants.

    Your financial gifts helped launch new churches for a variety of people groups God is bringing to our state. For example, last year North Carolina Baptists started 22 Hispanic churches, two Chinese churches, five Asian Indian churches and churches for immigrants from Haiti, Romania, Burma, and a host of other countries. God is literally bringing the world to North Carolina, and North Carolina Baptists are evangelistically reaching our new international neighbors through church planting.

    We also launched 13 African-American churches, five multi-ethnic churches, five biker churches and seven cowboy churches. I am thrilled to share with you how God is glorifying Himself through these new church starts.

    Last year, through the ministries of the church plants receiving financial support from the BSC, 2,341 people came to faith in Jesus Christ — to God be the glory!

    More than 7,450 people gathered on a weekly basis to worship in these church plants and our newest BSC churches gave more than $295,000 to SBC mission causes. Remember, that is just in 2009.

    Over the last five years, the BSC has welcomed over 579 new churches! That’s right, 579!! It is simply amazing what God is doing through the church planting ministry of North Carolina Baptists.

    As we march into 2010 let me challenge you and your church to prayerfully consider how God wants you to be involved in the planting of new churches to reach the 5.5 million unchurched residents of North Carolina.

    Is it possible God is calling you to the life and ministry of a church planter?

    Is it possible He is calling you to be a part of a core group of believers who come alongside a planter to encourage, support and assist the planter in his ministry?

    Is it possible God is calling your church to support a new church plant with your prayers, financial gifts and strongest church members as lay leaders in a new plant? 

    Yes, God is up to something in the church planting ministry of North Carolina Baptists. I invite you to find a way to join Him.

    “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.” 1 Cor. 3:6  

    (EDITOR’S NOTE — Hollifield’s pamphlet, Seven Pillars, is available online at www.ncbaptist.org/index.php?id=901.)
    2/23/2010 9:07:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 1 comments




Comments
John Carpenter
We went through the whole NC Baptist church planters process, invested a lot of time (when time was at a premium), and our own resources (like at a premium). We got one support check before our Association cut us off, refusing to support us. I asked our representative in the BSC if there was another recourse. I still haven't heard back from him. That was over a year ago. That's a reality of BSCNC church planting.
2/26/2010 3:39:26 PM