The region's original blend of immigrant cultures has become a distinct, rich culture of its own that goes far beyond the beauty of the surroundings. It also an area of extreme poverty having 37 of the 100 poorest counties in the United States. Coal mine closures and other shifts in industry have drastically affected the economics of the mountainous locale, and while religion is important in Appalachia, the reality is that more than 70 percent of the region is unchurched with some counties as high as 90 percent unchurched.Appalachian Regional Ministry mobilizes Southern Baptists and their resources to provide ministries, evangelize the lost, assist existing churches and start new churches in the 12 Appalachian states. As we work in cooperation with state conventions, associations and churches throughout the region, we want to help you and your church make a profound impact in Appalachia.
How can I help?
"It's an area of great opportunity, but it's an area that needs Jesus," says director Bill Barker of the Appalachian area, and there are three ways churches are invited to take advantage of that opportunity.
Pray that God will raise up laborers to go to Appalachia. And pray for those who are already serving that God’s blessing would be upon them. Pray for short-term volunteers to come serve.
Your gifts through the Cooperative Program and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering enable us to reach out and touch this part of America that is lost and needs Jesus. You can also give to other physical needs by contributing coats, backpacks, food and other necessities to our ministry locations. Contact us for more information.
We invite you to join with us and be a part of what God is doing as a short-term volunteer in a church plant, ministry center, construction project or established church. On average, for every 10-12 volunteers who come to serve, we see one salvation decision. Contact us for more information about how your group can get personally involved in Appalachian ministry.