The North Georgia Conference Board of Church Development is well on its way toward reaching the goal of 200 new churches by 2020.
From the July 4 Wesleyan Christian Advocate, the newspaper of the North Georgia and South Georgia Conferences:
Nine new ministries were started in 2007, seven of which are currently worshiping with an average of 630 persons in weekly services. This year [the board is] planting six new ministries which will bring [the] total to 74 new churches and missions in pursuit of the goal of 200 by 2020.
At last month’s Annual Conference session, the Office of Church Development unveiled this video update about the conference’s church-planting efforts.
Despite the growing number of successful church starts, the Rev. Parks Davis, head of the Office of Church Development, told conference delegates more needs to be done.
Citing research by Bill Easum, Davis noted that for a conference to thrive church planting needs to occur a rate equivalent to about 4 percent of the conferences total number of church each year.
“Currently we plant an average of eight new churches and missions every year. If [Bill Easum is] right, we really need to be planting to 35 new churches and missions every year.”
North Georgia’s church-planting program, envisioned by Bishop Lindsey Davis, was launched in 2000.
Remarks by Parks Davis at last month’s conference session are below (3 min.).
After Parks Davis’ presentation, Bishop Lindsey Davis prayed for the church planters and their families (2:30).