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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.

SBTC bolsters Montreal church planting initiative

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.

“This is a game changer for church planting efforts in Montreal. When God moves, we should be ready to act and that’s what the SBTC is demonstrating.” — NAMB president Kevin Ezell 

“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 there.”

NAMB president Kevin Ezell said SBTC’s partnership and funding will have a significant impact at a critical time.

“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.

Compiled from Baptist Press reports with additional reporting from NAMB staff. 

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