Reaching the estimated 5.8 million lost people in North Carolina will require churches planting other churches all across the state.
“New churches reach new people,” said Mark Gray, church planting team leader for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC). “If we want to impact lostness among the people in our state, multiplication of church plants will be key.”
To help pastors and churches catch a vision about how their church can become a church that plants and multiplies other churches, Gray and his team have planned a series of interviews with eight different pastors who are currently engaged in multiplying church plants in a variety of ministry contexts and locations across North Carolina.
The interviews will take place at the church planting booth inside the Guilford exhibit hall during the BSC Annual Meeting, scheduled for Nov. 14-15 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. Each interview will last 20 minutes, and pastors, messengers and attendees are invited to attend the interviews to learn more about how their church can be involved in church planting.
Pastors scheduled to participate in the interviews on Monday, Nov. 14, include: Quinn Rodgers of GeneratiONE Church in Charlotte (3:30 p.m.); Cameron McGill, pastor of First Baptist Dublin and the Lake Church at White Lake (4 p.m.); and Ramon Vielza of Calvary Southside in Winston-Salem (4:30 p.m.).
Pastors scheduled to be interviewed on Tuesday, Nov. 15 include: Noel De Asis of Lifezone Fellowship in Apex (8:30 a.m.); Andrew Hopper of Mercy Hill Church in Greensboro, J.D. Greear of The Summit Church in Durham and Spence Shelton of Mercy Church in Charlotte (11:30 a.m.); and Chris Hankins, pastor of The Point Church in the Triangle (1:15 p.m.).
The panel discussion with Hopper, Greear and Shelton will be live streamed via Facebook Live through the BSC Facebook page at facebook.com/ncbaptist.
“These pastors are all engaged in multiplying churches in different ways and in different contexts,” Gray said. “Through these interviews, we want to promote and help other pastors embrace the concept of multiplication.”
Gray said he is praying that God would use these interviews to speak to individuals and pastors about planting churches that, in turn, plant other churches.
“I pray that God would use these interviews to help others catch a vision for church planting and that God would grow that vision and desire in their hearts.” Gray said.
Church planting interviews
Mon., Nov. 14:
3:30 p.m. – Quinn Rodgers, GeneratiONE Church, Charlotte
4:00 p.m. – Cameron McGill, Dublin First Baptist/Lake Church, White Lake
4:30 p.m. – Ramon Vielza, Calvary Southside, Winston-Salem
Tues., Nov. 15:
8:30 a.m. – Noel De Asis, Lifezone Fellowship, Apex
11:30 a.m. – Panel discussion interview: Andrew Hopper, Mercy Hill, Greensboro; J.D. Greear, The Summit Church, Durham; and Spence Shelton, Mercy Charlotte
1:15 p.m. – Chris Hankins, The Point Church, Triangle