The EFCA Southeast District represents 9 states, 63million people, numbers of growing cultural population groups and currently have 65 churches and 15 new church starts. The opportunities for new church starts are endless and we are growing in contacts in each state desiring a new EFCA disciple making church.
Our district’s definition of church is a disciple making faith community that is reproducing new church communities.
IMMEDIATE NEED: New Orleans Metro (ReachNOLA 2012)
This area is still spiritually devastated and desperately needs healthy disciple making churches started to reach, equip and send. We have discovered neighborhoods that do not have a church at all. Right now in partnership with a several others we are focusing on using work teams coming down to rebuild, to assist church planters in evangelism, serving the people in these communities and gathering people for the new churches. New Orleans metro has EFCA’s TouchGlobal Ministries located there and two existing churches. The harvest field there is plentiful!
We are praying for 10 church planting couples to be identified starting the process of gathering people by the summer of 2012. In 2012, the EFCA Student Ministries will host the Challenge Conference when 4k students and leaders will come to NOLA (C12). The students and the leaders will focus on assisting the church planters and serving other ministries for one week. There will be an opportunity for some funding next summer. Currently we have three church planting pastors already confirmed so come and join us in what God is doing!
There is a core of 30 plus people in Greenback, TN beginning to form a church. They are ready to launch and need leadership. The group would like to be led in disciple making skills and launching other church starts. The area is small town feel with a large bedroom community of homes. There are almost 11k people within 5 miles of where they are getting ready to meet. Currently there is a network of 7 regional churches spread out over 40 miles that get together regularly.
There is a church planter on the ground and he has gathered 25 people. Right now he is looking for team members to fill ministry teams to work toward gathering more people for a launch in September. This would be a good opportunity to be on the ground floor of a new launch or for an internship. Go to www.declarehope.org for more information.
This community is a growing bedroom community for Tamp, FL. There are new stores, shopping malls and new schools. There is a military base nearby where a number of families work as civilians so the economy is stabilized. The city of Brandon has 61,000 people growing by another 9,000 people by 2015. This community has access to airports, good schools and new growth. Right now we have two experienced and mature lay couples who have been in church starts before who are committed to making this work. One is African American couple so you will begin with a multi cultural church start right away. These are trusted men we have known for a time. It is a terrific opportunity.
Contact Bruce Redmond firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-331-2729 for more information