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Church planting efforts in Montreal gained ground when the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention’s (SBTC) Executive Board approved a $100,000 grant to the North American Mission Board (NAMB) to assist in coaching church planters and student missionaries as well as encouraging evangelistic opportunities for Montreal churches.
By Tammi Reed Ledbetter/Southern Baptist TEXAN
HORSESHOE BAY, Texas -- Church planting
efforts in Montreal gained ground when the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention’s
(SBTC) Executive Board approved a $100,000 grant to the North American Mission Board (NAMB)
to assist in coaching church planters and student missionaries as well as
encouraging evangelistic opportunities for Montreal churches.
Woody Wilson, a former International
Mission Board missionary to France and church planter in Chicago, will serve as
a Mission Service Corps missionary with NAMB for Send North America: Montreal,
one of the major city initiatives in the mission board’s evangelistic church
planting strategy. Wilson will guide the process of moving student missionaries
to internship opportunities, then placing them in apprenticeships that train
them to plant churches.
The SBTC board also re-designated a
$250,000 grant approved last year to purchase property in Montreal for a church
planter multiplication center and campus of La Chapelle Church. Instead of
acquiring property, the change allows more flexibility for renting a facility
and equipping new churches.
La Chapelle, since its launch in 2013,
has grown to more than 900 people in attendance, reporting over 80 baptisms and
more than 200 decisions for Christ during 2014. La Chapelle will plant two new
churches in the next 18 months.
“There are a few places where God’s
manifested presence has been made know in recent days. Montreal is one of those
places,” said Jim Richards, SBTC Executive Director. “Partnering with NAMB, the
Canadian National Baptist Convention and local Montreal pastors we are seeing a
rising tide of spiritual awakening in very unlikely place. The Southern
Baptists of Texas Convention is privileged to be a part of what God is doing
NAMB president Kevin Ezell said
SBTC’s partnership and funding will have a significant impact at a critical
“This is a game changer for
church planting efforts in Montreal,” Ezell said. “I am grateful for Jim
Richards and the resources he is sending. When God moves, we should be ready to
act and that’s what the SBTC is demonstrating.”
The SBTC board also received a report
during their spring retreat of the Reach Houston initiative for church planting
and revitalization efforts in the nation’s fourth-largest city. Eighteen
pastors met April 23 at Houston’s Faith Memorial Baptist Church to hear about
the initiative and offer their advice.
SBTC will employ a strategist to
establish church planting centers and coordinate with existing churches to
reach the diverse metropolitan area.
“Reaching Texas and touching the world
is more than a slogan,” Richards told the board. “It’s a mandate of the Southern
Baptists of Texas Convention.”
For more information about Send North
America: Montreal, visit http://www.namb.net/montreal.
from Baptist Press reports with additional reporting from NAMB staff.
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