The city of Baltimore has a long history of renovation and reinvention. In the last century alone, the city has rebuilt itself time and again. With the Great Baltimore Fire at the turn of the 20th century, the city saw 1,500 buildings destroyed in only 30 hours time. After months of renovation, the city rebuilt and the community emerged stronger and better.
The 1960s saw another opportunity for reinvention, with the majority of the population fleeing to the suburbs and leaving the downtown area of Baltimore in financial depression and urban decay. Yet by the opening of the 1980s, the city had experienced an urban renewal with a revitalization of downtown Baltimore’s neighborhoods, businesses and harbor.
Today, though the area is home to a thriving downtown marked by universities, athletic venues and business, area church planters and pastors are looking to rebuild again, this time with the salvation of Christ.
The Baltimore metro area boasts a population of more than 2.8 million people. Yet within this same area, there are only 252 active SBC congregations, leaving just one SBC church to every 11,055 people. In a city with increasingly high rankings in crime, poverty and the spread of diseases like HIV, the need for the gospel is increasing. In an effort to see new works started and existing works supported, NAMB is mobilizing church partners and planters through Send North America: Baltimore.
“Our city is full of monuments that testify to what God has done in the past," says Brad O'Brien, church planter and pastor of Redeemer City Church in Baltimore, "but now we're asking God for the gospel to become a movement that spreads throughout the entire city."
Send North America: Baltimore is designed to help rebuild the city of Baltimore in the name of Christ through church planting and evangelism. Church planters wishing to join the movement or existing churches interested in partnering with Baltimore area planters can start the process by visiting namb.net and clicking “Send Me.”