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By Carol Pipes
what it’s like to plant a church in a mostly Russian neighborhood in New York? Or
how about among West Africans in Harlem? Now Southern Baptist pastors have a
chance to see church planting up close and personal. The Send North America:
New York City coalition is hosting a “Catch the Vision” Tour in October as part of the Send North
America: NYC church planting strategy.
leaders and church members will have the opportunity to meet
“boots-on-the-ground” church planters and hear their vision for reaching a
particular people group in their corner of the world.
Vision tours are intended to be quick, cultural immersions in a specific city
where we need established churches to partner with church planters to start new
churches,” says Shane Critser, NAMB’s church mobilization team leader. “We want
people to experience the city and hear directly from church planters.”
America is designed to mobilize and assist churches and church planters for
evangelistic church planting throughout the U.S. and Canada.
You don’t need a
passport to see the world, according to Tom Richter, a church planter in
Queens, N.Y. All you need is a metro card. The New York City metro area
consists of 22 million people from more than 100 nations. Only 3 percent of the
population in Manhattan identify themselves as evangelical, according to a
study by the Values Research Institute.
On Oct. 18-19,
church leaders will have the opportunity to soak up the sights, smells and
sounds of the diverse mission field in Manhattan and its surrounding boroughs.
“Church leaders will get a birds-eye view of what we see God
doing in New York City,” says Steve Allen, NAMB’s lead catalyst for the NYC Tri-State
Church Planting Team. “Then we’ll hit the road and do a rolling bus tour through
the city visiting its diverse neighborhoods.”
will hear church planters describe the challenges and joys of serving in the
nation’s largest city. “We want to give churches the opportunity to hear the
different ways we envision partner churches getting involved with church plants
in the city,” Allen said.
that have already registered for Send North America, the Catch the Vision tours
are a natural next step to discovering where is the best fit for partnering in
evangelistic church planting. For churches that already have chosen a city in
which to serve, the vision tours will offer an opportunity to meet the church
planters they will be working with and see first-hand their mission field.
Churches who haven’t yet registered for Send North America are also encouraged
to participate in one or more vision tours to learn more about NAMB’s church
planting strategy and hear directly from church planters how vitally important
partner churches are to the success of their ministries.
The cost of the
NYC Catch the Vision Tour is $75, which covers two meals and two days’ bus
transportation. To register for the tour contact John Ramirez at 212-580-0655,
ext. 29 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you have further questions, feel free to
contact your Church Mobilization Team at the North American Mission Board at email@example.com or call 770-410-6388.
Carol Pipes is a writer for the North
American Mission Board.
Date Created: 9/30/2011 2:10:38 PM
By John Ramirez
Listen. Can you hear
it? Is that God calling? Calling you? Hundreds of people and churches
across the United States and Canada will answer a call to come to New York to
explore how they can be a part of an amazing church-planting movement sweeping
see. This is not a sightseeing invitation. Anyone can do
that. This is a special invitation for you to interact with “real” New
Yorkers. Within a 75-mile radius from Times Square live 22 million people,
including more than 500 people groups and 800 languages.
Whether you come for a
few days, a week or more, you will live like a New Yorker. Ride a crowded
subway car where there is always room for one more. Eat ethnic food you don’t
normally order at McDonalds. Ride the 7 train to Little India, then to La
Corona and end up in Flushing, the second largest China Town in New York; all
on the same subway line in Queens.
Come and be a part of
a passionate movement to see New Yorkers come to faith in Jesus Christ. God is
leading church planters from across the nation and Canada to plant in all five
New York boroughs. They need partners in ministry. They need you.
Send North America:
New York City is a strategy of the North American Mission Board to plant evangelistic
churches for the purpose of reaching the lost with the gospel of Jesus Christ
in the most densely populated centers in the U.S. and Canada. Whether you are a
large church or even a very small congregation, God may be calling you
Click on “mobilize me” and get ready to use your New York passport to see
the world. Passport? All you will need is a metro card. With that small card in
your wallet, you can travel through the nations of the world living in the five
boroughs of New York. There you will see that “cities are no longer in
nations, nations are now in the cities.”
Listen. Closely. Is God calling? Church
planters are coming. They need your help. Let’s partner together in New
Ramirez is chairman of the New York City partnership coalition.
Date Created: 9/29/2011 1:12:17 PM
The Send North America: New York City initiative officially launches effective Sept. 30. Read all about what's planned, along with some profiles of some of our church planters and a strong example of a partnering church.
Date Created: 9/29/2011 12:41:59 PM
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