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
“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
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
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
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