Church Planting Story: Progression Church Baton Rouge
[UPDATED OCTOBER 25, 2016]
Great Church Planting story developing in Baton Rouge. Brian Crain and his wife Hannah moved to Baton Rouge in 2013 to start Progression Church. Sending church is His Church in Pineville. Progression is in month 34 and they are on a great track for self-sustainability by the end of year 3, with 140+ in average attendance and average giving around $8,000 per month.
Looking from the outside, I see four things that Progression has done very well that we can all learn from:
1. RECRUIT A GREAT TEAM
Brian’s team moved to Baton Rouge, found jobs, moved into neighborhoods, started building relationships, gave their all together on mission.
2. CONSISTENCY OF ACTION
Ministries have been consistent through some dry seasons. Progression has set a course and stuck with it.
3. LISTEN TO OTHERS
Brian has consistently attended trainings, connected with mentors in the area, and shown humble curiosity about speed bumps, etc.
4. INVEST IN CHURCH PLANTING
They are already co-sponsoring another church plant and talking about the day when they’ll send out from their church.
Great story developing in Baton Rouge! Praying for the Progression team as they continue to reach people.
Planters & Partners Needed in Baton Rouge:
>> Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge covers Ascension, East Baton Rouge (Louisiana’s most populated Parish), West Baton Rouge, Iberville, & Pointe Coupee Parishes.
>> Population: 640,059
>> 1 SBC church for every 7,202 person. Rest of LA is 1 to 2,895. NAMB’s goal is 1 to 2,000. 131 new churches would be needed to get to 1 to 2,895.
>> Only 1.2% of the population attended a Bible Study in a SBC Church in 2015.
>> Only 2.1% of the population attended worship in a SBC Church in 2015.
>> 49% of the population is non-anglo (41% African-American, 3.9% Hispanic, 2.5% Asian) with only 16 non-anglo SBC churches. 1 to 18,154.
>> Current Planters: Brian Crain with Progression Church, Guillermo Mangieri with Istrouma en Espanol, MacArthur Greensberry with New Beginnings Baptist, Josh Morris with Crosscreek Cowboy Church, Pastor Lama with Louisiana Kachin Fellowship, Ed Scott with New Life Temple, & Miguel Angel Flores-Olivera with Jefferson Baptist Hispanic.
>> Associational Director is Dr. Tommy Middleton. Staff: Chuck Lowman, Randy Osborn, Dana Truitt, Jan Terral. Check out BAGBR.org.