Baptist Press – SBC church plants: up 27 percent in 2011 – News with a Christian Perspective

“We believe God is moving in Maryland and Delaware,” said David Lee, executive director of the two-state convention. Our motto has been: ‘Moving at the speed of God.’ He is really moving! To God be the glory.”

Lee says the BCMD believes new church plants are the best way to reach the unchurched in Maryland and Delaware. Lee hopes by strengthening existing churches and partnering them with church plants that plant churches they will establish a church planting movement in the region.

“We also believe that the success of these new churches will motivate our existing churches to re-dream their dreams of evangelism and missions,” Lee said.

NAMB missionary and church planter Brian Moon, featured in the summer issue of On Mission magazine, started one of those Maryland/Delaware churches with a new SBC ID in 2011. The young Korean church planter believes God led him to just the right location for his new plant in a North Bethesda, Md., neighborhood.

The church now hosts about 40 people from Japanese, Korean and American families on Saturday evenings for children’s activities, English classes and Bible studies. On the first Saturday night of each month about 50 people of various backgrounds attend a worship service at the church. Many of the Japanese families who have become involved in Life Mosaic Church come from a Buddhist background and have had little or no exposure to the Gospel.

“I never thought [we’d reach the] Japanese,” Moon said. “It’s amazing to us. It just formed in our hearts that this kind of church was needed.”

via Baptist Press – SBC church plants: up 27 percent in 2011 – News with a Christian Perspective.