Church Planting Update
Louisiana Baptist Missions Support Committee met yesterday. The MSC allocates cooperative program & mission offering funds for the work of the Missions & Ministry Team that includes Church Planting, Disaster Relief, Compassion Ministry, & Missions Education. The committee’s actions this week:
- Allocated $398,000 in Church Planting & Compassion Ministry grants to 14 new ministries. $131,000 of the allocation to New Orleans. Including Revival Life in Houma – planter Dexter Gaspard, Immanuel Community Church in New Orleans – planter Matthew DeLaughter, Walker Community Ministries – Planter Joey Beeson, Crossroads Community Church – planter Larry Johnson, Christ Church Abbeville – planter Scott Guillory, Barker’s Corner Mission – planter Derek Kitterlin, The Way Church Livingston – planter Cameron Gober, Faith Church in Franklinton – planter Larry Lucas, Still Water Baptist Church New Orleans – planter Burnell Darnesberry, City of Lights Church – planter NaJee Johnson, Suburban West – Nicos Elzy, Touchstone Community Church – planter Herschel Moore.
- Allocated $125,000 in grants to five new churches acquiring first unit buildings. Including Philadelphia Baptist’s Alexandria campus – planter Clay Fuqua, Genesis Church in Walker – planter Jeff Smith, The Way Church in Livingston – planter Cameron Gober, Stillwater Church in Hammond – planter Lonnie Tucker, Fellowship Church’s South Ascension campus – planter Todd Blount.
Other reports shared at this week’s meetings:
- 13 new churches planted so far in 2016. 6 in New Orleans. 7 Non-Anglo. All 13 in South Louisiana. 20 in development for 2016. 137 new churches planted since 2010.
- 76 baptisms, 336 new commitments to Christ reported Jan-Mar 2016 by church plants in Louisiana.
- Since 2010 – 1,804 baptisms & 9,532 new commitments to Christ. We’re approaching 2,000 baptisms & 10,000 new commitments to Christ this year.
- New Orleans – Since 2012 when Send New Orleans launched – 27 new churches started, 348 baptisms, 1,352 New Commitments to Christ. This month the Mission Support allocated for New Orleans will exceed $1 million since the 2012 launch.
- The President’s 2020 Commission identified the greatest needs for new churches in Louisiana among different people groups (40% of the population of Louisiana is non-anglo, but only 5% of our SBC churches in Louisiana were non-anglo), in South Louisiana (1,200 of our SBC churches in Louisiana are in North where only 1 million of our population is. 400 churches in south Louisiana where 3 million of our population is). Since 2010, 60% of our churches started have been non-anglo & 79% have been in South Louisiana.
- Church Plants receiving Cooperative Funding in Louisiana have increased from 39 in 2010 to 74 in 2016.
Grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Missions Support & Church Planting in the great state of Louisiana. Grateful for the generosity of Southern Baptist churches in Louisiana who contribute to the Cooperative Program, Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering, & Annie Armstrong Offering for North American Missions that makes the work of this team possible.