New Churches a New Way
Church planting has changed dramatically over the years. I’m excited about the changes. When I was a fresh church planter back in the late 1980’s to mid-1990’s church planting was the redheaded stepchild in the Baptist family. Church planting pastors were not considered cutting edge nor viewed as “real” pastors in convention life. All that has changed. Church planting is now considered the cutting edge. Church planting is now “cool” if anything in SBC life can be considered cool. It’s been said that the hope and future of Christianity in the United States of America depends on the success of church planting. That is a dramatic change.
The process of church planting has also made a dramatic change. It has grown up from its early experimental days where now its methods and practices are backed by years of intensive and extensive research. The leaders of Oklahoma Baptists have invested time, research, prayer and talent into building the best church planting process for new Oklahoma Baptists planters and churches. Our process is composed of discovering planters with high competency and equipping them in the strongest planting model for their context. We discover potential planters, assess them, connect with them, train them, coach them and care for them and their families as they plant. This is our church planting pathway. It’s a pathway for individuals but also for established churches who want to multiply their kingdom efforts with new daughter congregations.
This pathway is dynamic. It is continually growing and improving as culture, technology and society challenge us in spreading the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you are ready to start something new; if you are ready to start a new Kingdom outpost for a new day I invite you to take an entry step into a new pathway of discovery. The first step would be to spend 20 minutes taking a “no strings attached” and “no obligation” initial survey to discover if starting a new church is a possibility for you. An exciting new future could just be a click away.
Questions? Email me.
Specialist and Group Leader
Church Planting, Oklahoma Baptists
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The resources below are here to supplement your own community exegesis to help you contextualize the Gospel to the people you are called to reach in your ministry. Our prayer is that you can apply what you are learning to your ministry planning. Below we have provided greater details beyond what we have published in the book to help you in identifying the needs of your community. These are resources that you can download and discuss with your ministry team.
Here’s what’s below…
- 100 Places of Interest for Planting Churches in Oklahoma
- Ebook version of the Hidden Harvest book to share with your ministry team.
- 2017 Unchurched Research: The complete responses from the survey segmented by generation and affiliation.
- An Annual Church Profile (ACP) analysis of church health indicators for each sector.
- A guide for leading your own SMART team. (Strategic Ministry Area Research Team)
- Demographic summaries of the 15 Oklahoma Baptist Church Planting sectors.
Is God calling you to something different?