By the Communications Team of the Baptist State Convention of Michigan
Michigan Baptists are deepening their partnership with the North American Mission Board (NAMB) by adopting a new name for church planting efforts in the state: Send Network – Michigan.
The announcement was made at the 2018 annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of Michigan (BSCM) on November 9, at Grace Church in Jackson, Mich. Messengers joyfully received the noteworthy announcement as church planting personnel, their family members and church planting partners filled the crowded platform.
Executive Director-Treasurer for the BSCM, Tim Patterson explains, “With this new initiative our state convention continues to coordinate our field-based strategy, as always, to create new churches throughout our region. The state’s priorities and strategies remain ours. However, the outstanding reputation of the Send Network and its standards of excellence will be understood as synonymous with Michigan’s church planting efforts.
Travis Whittaker, lead church planter of Mile City Church in Detroit, baptizes a new believer. NAMB photo.
Patterson added, “During these past three years, we intentionally adopted NAMB’s church planting assessment, orientation, training, coaching, and pastoral care as our systems. The processes and systems driven by NAMB’s national staff function so well that our field-based staff, located in Michigan, are able to spend deeper, personal time with church planters, apprentices and partnering churches.”
“We are grateful for our close working partnership with Michigan Baptists,” said Kevin Ezell, NAMB’s president. “We want to help plant churches everywhere for everyone and this name change reflects the team effort that has already been taking place in Michigan between the Michigan Baptist Convention and NAMB. Now our efforts will be even more seamless.”
The request to share the label “Send Network” was initiated by the state convention. Dr. Tony Lynn, the State Director of Missions who oversees the state’s church planting effort says, “NAMB’s Send Network is a highly respected and influential force among the nation’s church planting agencies. Asking to be clearly seen as a partner with the Send Network brings a valuable advantage. Send Network’s focus on brotherhood, multiplication, and restoration echo the teachings of Christ when He referred to the Kingdom of God throughout His ministry. That focus is attracting quality potential church planters unlike ever before, including Michigan.”
Send Detroit, one of NAMB’s 32 Send Cities, will continue to operate as it has in the past with its intense focus on the population of 4.3 million people. Detroit Send City Missionary, Wayne Parker, hosts Catch the Vision tours each year for those who might become partners in planting new churches throughout the Greater Detroit area. Church plants are developing throughout the city at an increasing rate: in the suburban ring, in the rapidly developing midtown and in the core of the urban center. Parker and four church planting catalysts welcome contact from potential church planters and potential church planting partners who believe God may be calling them to serve the Greater Detroit area.
For more information on planting a church or supporting a church through the Send Network, visit https://www.namb.net/church-planting/