In the last 100 years Southern Baptists—and evangelicals in general—have lost significant ground in the church-to-population ratio. This is true especially in regions outside the South in North America and in and around large cities where more than 81 percent of the population lives.
To help Southern Baptists close this gap, NAMB has identified 32 “Send Cities" that are receiving intense church planting efforts. These cities have vast influence in their regions and beyond. By reaching them, we will also reach outlying regions and many ethnic groups.
Ministry Statement: Assisting churches in planting healthy, multiplying, evangelistic Southern Baptist churches in the United States and Canada.
There are more than 3,900 churches involved in our Send North America strategy as active partners and 2,593 are connected with a ministry location or church planter.
The NAMB Missionary Farm System is designed to help Southern Baptists discover, develop and deploy the next generation of church planting missionaries. In 2015 the Farm System included the following: Students — 1,508; Church Planter Interns — 478; Church Planter Apprentices — 239.
NAMB continues to work with convention, associations, and churches to deploy church planters, including streamlining the assessment process to get planters on the field more quickly. Through NAMB’s SendMe process, churches, associations, and state conventions are able to easily provide a missionary request and NAMB works to match prospective candidates with the request.
During 2015 NAMB provided Revitalization Conferences in various venues as part of the Send North America Experience Tour and at the Send North America Conference in Nashville. In 2016, we will continue to partner with state conventions and offer seven Revitalization Conferences.
Ministry Statement: Assisting churches in the ministries of evangelism and making disciples.
In 2015 NAMB embarked on a study of the top evangelistic churches around the nation. Churches from every state and of all sizes were researched. After receiving and pouring over the data, Your Church on Mission was developed. It is a project that will launch in 2016 that provides practical, strategic training to pastors to help them lead their church on mission.
NAMB continues to promote the 3 Circles Life Conversation Guide in English and Spanish. To date, we are approaching 1.5 million guides distributed via orders, grants and gifts.
NAMB challenged Southern Baptists pastors and local churches to take part in the Engage24 evangelism initiative, a field-generated strategy that emerged from SBC collegiate ministries. Based on the strategy, individuals from Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCMs), SBC seminaries and local churches from around North America set aside October 15, 2015, to share the gospel individually with at least one person in their sphere of influence.