Our dream is to see new churches being used of God to bring transformation to our communities. It is not enough to simply start a church; we seek to be the light of the world and salt of the earth, enabling the community to experience and reflect the grace of God.
It starts with prayer. Planters commit to cultivating their own relationships with God, while praying intensely for their community and those God is calling to Himself in salvation and service. They prayerwalk their communities and build prayer teams to intercede on their behalf.
It involves partnership. Planters, partnering with the BCNE, share the vision of what God is doing in their lives and what He wants to do through the presence of a new church with other individuals, churches and organizations who may be impressed of God to support their efforts.
We prepare you for the ministry. No college or seminary training? No problem. We have in person and online training opportunities for new church planters, as well as internships and residency opportunities. We have experts in the field to equip you in every part of this adventure, but we never seek to replace your own dependence on God. All of our efforts point you back to Him.
We surround you with a cadre of supporters, coaches, mentors, peers, counselors, supervisors, pastors and friends who will journey with you as you plant this new church. Each one seeks to encourage you and your family as you live out your calling.
We advise you on keeping the new church healthy during its early development and on how to multiply through reproducing believers, leaders, ministry groups and other new congregations as the new church plant develops. Like a tree that becomes an orchard, we dream of each new church bearing so much fruit that it multiplies Christ-followers in its own community and beyond.
We have many opportunities in New England because the world has come to us, especially through our cities and universities. In addition to working with new churches in rural areas and inner-city neighborhoods, we work with new starts in the collegiate communities. At any given time, you will find up to 50 plants in New England reaching people of various languages and ethnic groups.
New England is still a pioneer mission field. The first Southern Baptist Church in New England was planted in 1958. Other churches were planted through the following decades, and the Baptist Convention of New England was constituted in 1983 as a part of the Southern Baptist Convention with 114 churches and missions. Today, we have over 370 churches and established church plants, with about one-third of them started since 2010! But we have a long way to go before we share the Gospel with almost 15 million New Englanders, less than 3% of whom currently attend an evangelical church.
New England is a wonderful place to live, and it's an even better place to serve God. It is truly a mission field, with people of all cultures and walks of life waiting for someone to bring them the Good News. I’m issuing you a Macedonian call: come to New England and help us make a difference here for our Lord.
David Jackson, Director of Church Planting
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