ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The North American Mission Board (NAMB) and the Louisiana Baptist Convention (LBC) will launch Send Network Louisiana beginning August 1 of this year. The increased partnership will boost coordination between NAMB’s Send Network church planting arm and Louisiana Baptists as they seek to reach people for Christ by starting new, evangelistic churches within the state.
“The vision of Send Network resonates with our vision to create a culture of evangelism in Louisiana,” said LBC executive director Steve Horn in written comments.
When discussing the potential for Send Network Louisiana, Horn said, “We believe that this partnership will help us have greater excellence and efficiency in our church planting strategy. Further, we believe that the Send Network Louisiana identity will create unity of purpose and clarity of presentation when we talk with churches and pastors about planting.”
Send Network’s vision is to see God’s kingdom expand in North America over the next decade through churches planting churches that reach and baptize enough people to reach at least one percent of the lost population.
“As Send Network seeks to be a family of churches planting churches everywhere for everyone, we need as many churches, missionaries, and church planting teams as possible who share our values to engage in this work,” said Vance Pitman, president of Send Network. “Pastors and church leaders, I would encourage you to join in the effort with us as we seek first the kingdom of God in North America.”
As churches plant churches, NAMB comes alongside them and other partners to provide assessments, training, coaching and care for church planting efforts. All of the state conventions outside of the south and now over half of south states utilize this special Send Network partnership.
“We work with every state convention to help churches plant churches across North America,” said NAMB president Kevin Ezell, “but these Send Network partnerships allow us to work even more closely with our partners as we come together to support Southern Baptist church planting efforts.”
Published June 6, 2023