Southern Baptists Launching 5-Year Church Planting Effort to Reach Nearly 6 Million People With the Gospel

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The Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board will focus part of its efforts on planting churches in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, with the aim of reaching nearly six million people.

In order to implement its plan, organizers are recruiting Southern Baptist churches to partner and commit to the vision of planting and multiplying churches over the next five years.

“We’re focusing on D.C. because the Gospel is declining as D.C. grows in size and influence, so we want to provide a growing Gospel witness,” Clint Clifton, city coordinator for the Send North America: D.C., told The Christian Post.

The evangelical population in D.C. is only 12 percent, according to NAMB, and currently, there are only 607 active Southern Baptist congregations in the D.C. area serving 5.8 million, which means that there is only one Southern Baptist congregation for every 9,571 people.

Clifton calls the effort an “all hands on deck” initiative and says D.C. SBC churches as well as churches from around the country have jumped in to help. In addition, state conventions and local associations are on board as well as individual Christians who are making sacrificial moves into the city to work for the progress of the Gospel.

“We’re seeing unity and momentum like never before and I couldn’t be more excited about what’s happening,” said Clifton.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Jessica Martinez

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