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“ The North American Mission Board stands ready to help all of our SBC churches, associations and conventions in the task of evangelism that results in new churches being planted. It is going to take us all working together as one if we are going to get the job done. ”
NAMB President Kevin Ezell speaking on the importance of unity in the SBC as churches and organizations work together to reach North America for Christ


“ I believe church planting is the key element to reach a community. It’s not always easy but it is certainly a blessing. ”
Victor Solorzano, a church planter and pastor serving the Hispanic community of Los Angeles at Iglesia de la Comunidad Hispana


“ As evangelicals, we don’t believe the building is the church; the people are the church. The building itself has taken on less importance. Now we see churches in everything from art galleries to schools…there is definitely a trend and I think it’s one that’s here to stay. ”
Aaron Coe, NAMB vice president of mobilization and equipping, speaking with USA Today on the changing nature of where churches and church plants meet


“ Partnerships are huge. We don’t have a lot of people and it’s why we have worked so hard on partnership development… We can’t plant churches in this kind of environment without outside help. ”
Church planter Alex Ennes on the importance of church partnerships like the one his Cleveland church shares with First Baptist Church, Concord, Tenn.
Sources: Baptist Press and NAMB.net


 


Suburban Culture
Much like their neighboring cities, the culture and faces in the suburbs are rapidly changing. CNN reports that though 78% of those living in suburban areas are white, more than half of minority groups in any given metro area are now living outside the city. This includes 51% of Africa Americans, 59% of Hispanics and 62% of Asians. Overall, minorities now make up close to 35% of the total suburban population. As culture and ethnicity continue to change, consider how your suburban church can reach those of different cultures and backgrounds living in your area.
Source: CNN.com, December 21, 2011


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