Church Plants Launched in 2018 Seeing Lives Changed

Church planting missionary Chris Flora prays over the Multiply Church’s meeting place ahead of a Sunday morning service. Photo courtesy of Chris Flora

Chris and Mindy Flora responded to God’s stirring in their hearts and moved to Canada in January of 2017 to reach a city whose population desperately needed the Gospel.

“When we heard that the city of Calgary was 95 percent lost and one of the fastest growing cities in North America,” Chris said, “God broke our hearts for the city.”

After inviting people to Bible studies, hosting block parties and summer camps and carefully cultivating relationships, the Floras launched Multiply Church in February 2018 with a core group of 28 people.

“It’s now about 130 people who call us home,” Chris said, “and we average between 60 and 70 people every week. We saw 11 accept Christ and seven baptized in our first year.”

Throughout the U.S. and Canada, similar stories can be told of how God is blessing new congregations that are already making a significant gospel impact on individual lives and communities.

In Atlanta, an under-reached area in the South, Mike McKee and his team launched Image Church in January 2018. They average 191 in worship attendance, have baptized 21 people and have built strong relationships within the community, especially a local elementary school they serve.

Grace Church in Boston has a plan to multiply across the city. And in September 2018, they launched a third campus — Grace Church West Bridgewater, led by pastor Stephen Sargent. The new congregation has baptized 27 since its launch, and on Easter Sunday 2019 they welcomed 667 people.

Last year, Southern Baptists planted 624 new churches in North America. An additional 254 churches began cooperating with the Southern Baptist Convention, bringing the total number of new churches added to 878. Of those new church plants, 62 percent were either non-Anglo or multi-ethnic.

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Source: Baptist Press