The Jerusalem Project

Church Planting Proposal (120 by 2020)

By Michael Haynes, Director
Greene County Baptist Association

During my recent sabbatical, I experienced a deep conviction that over the next several years we must increase our focus on church planting. My challenge is that by the year 2020 GCBA will be an Association of 120 congregations.

Here is where we have come in the last 50 years:

  • 1960 57 congregations
  • 1970 60 congregations
  • 1980 63 congregations
  • 1990 65 congregations
  • 1998 66 congregations
  • 2009 85 congregations
  • 2020 Goal of 120!

How can we do this?

  1. Prayer
  2. Every Congregation Involved
  3. Language/Ethnic Groups
  4. Sub-Culture/Affinity Groups
  5. Multi-Housing Communities
  6. House Churches
  7. Geographical/Population Center
  8. Other types (traditional, contemporary)
  9. Partner with MBC and NAMB

What resources are needed?

  1. Sponsor Churches
  2. Partner Churches
  3. Church Planters/Planting Teams
  4. Mission Groups (e.g. block parties, acts of kindness, surveys, etc.)
  5. $50,000 per year from Association (additional funds from sponsor/partner churches, MBC and NAMB)
  6. Job opportunities for bi-vocational Church Planters (businesses, business men and women who have a heart for church planting and would hire church planters)
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