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plantSTLOUIS

plantSTLOUIS

With 79 neighborhoods with their own distinctive styles and personalities, St. Louis exemplifies the melting pot personality America has always claimed to have. The 2.8 million residents of metropolitan St. Louis speak at least 110 different languages. Yet like in most large American cities and its surrounding suburbs, evangelicals have not been able to start churches to match the city’s great diversity. Less than 15 percent of metropolitan St. Louis residents are affiliated with an evangelical church. Close to 50 percent of residents aren’t affiliated with any religious group—Christian or otherwise. How should we reach the unchurched and dechurch in our city? As Timothy Keller once said, “The vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for the numerical growth of the Body of Christ in any city… Nothing else–not crusades, outreach programs, para-church ministries, growing mega-churches, congregational consulting, nor church renewal processes–will have the consistent impact of dynamic, extensive church planting.” plantSTLOUIS exist to do exactly that; to reach St. Louis by the vigorous planting of new churches.

plantSTLOUIS is a network of ethnically, socially, and strategically diverse church plants throughout the St. Louis metro area in both Illinois and Missouri. We are united together around historically baptistic principles as well as the “great commission” directive of going to all peoples and making disciples. Our movement began with the church planting initiative of the Saint Louis Metro Baptist Association; thus our planters are in agreement with the Baptist Faith and Message. The goal of the network is to see an explosion of “gospel points” through the city and metro area. The goal is for planters to be a part of a “band of brothers” where “team” is central and the only star is Jesus. We seek to assist one another in planting evangelistic churches with the never changing Gospel in an ever changing culture of both St. Louis and the world.

Target Areas For Planting

Washington Street (Loft District), North City, Spanish Lake, South Broadway, Shrewsbury, Mehlville, Creve Couer, Clayton/Richmond Heights

REGIONAL LEADERS

Darren Casper

Regional Church Planting Director
Lead Pastor – Church At Bevo

Jason Zellmer

Church Planting Strategist
Lead Pastor – Peine Ridge Church

Mike Hubbard

Coaching Team Leader
Lead Pastor – Genesis Church

Sean Boone

Coaching and Assessment Team
Lead Pastor – New Beginnings Christian Fellowship

Trey Herweck

Coaching and Assessment Team
Lead Pastor – Refuge Church

Noah Oldham

Coaching and Assessment Team
Lead Pastor – August Gate

plantCHICAGO

plantCHICAGO

Chicago represents the one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States, surrounded by four collar counties, all referred to by many as “Chicagoland.” There are 100′s of neighborhoods and communities that reflect a vast array of people, with an estimated 200 different languages spoken. This global impact city has brought the international community to our doorstep . . .

The entire state of Illinois boasts a population of nearly 12.5 million people. Of that total, nearly 9 million live in Chicagoland (not including NW Indiana and SE Wisconsin), which includes an estimated 6.3 million who do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ. As we reflect on this great challenge, we are reminded of Christ’s words in Luke 10:2, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” We are convinced that the power of the Gospel can and will transform the landscape of Chicagoland . . . and thereby change the world!

Starting Gospel-centered, contextually relevant and disciple-multiplying churches is considered to be one of the best ways to push back darkness and engage the diverse culture found throughout Chicagoland. It will take all Christ-followers to prayerfully consider what God would have them do as it relates to this God-sized task. We need praying people, partnering churches and planting leaders. Will you consider joining this Kingdom building effort? If so, there are many ways to participate. Please contact timcotler@ibsa.org or call me at (217) 391-3142. I and my staff stand ready to walk with you on this journey.

Target Areas For Planting

Algonquin, Aurora, Bolingbrook, Chicago Metro, Crystal Lake, Dekalb, Elgin, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Geneva, Joliet, Naperville, Vernon Hills, Villa Park, Waukegan

REGIONAL LEADERS

Director, Joe Thorn

Lead Pastor, Redeemer Fellowship

http://www.redeemerfellowship.org/leadership/

plantKC

plantKC

plantKC.org
With nearly 2 million people living in nine very diverse counties in two unique states, the Kansas City metro region provides ample opportunities to plant Gospel focused churches that seek to realize true community transformation. Our cities, towns, villages, rural communities and complex urban neighborhoods are rich with distinctive history, architecture, culture and personality. The 2 million people in our region speak over 100 languages and dialects and come from every part of the globe. Every part of our region desperately needs new churches, the rapidly growing suburbs, our older inner suburban ring, the many layers of our urban core and our numerous rural communities that are experiencing an encroaching urban environment with their own distinctive styles and personalities. One of our key passions is to seek to lead in the replanting of scores of the churches in our region that are in desperate decline. We refer to the replanting of these churches as “Legacy Plants”. We provide assessment, internships, coaching and a variety of support and training for those planters who consider Legacy Planting.

PlantKC is committed to bringing focused prayer, energy and resources to the need of church planting in our region. PlantKC is a network of ethnically, socially, and strategically diverse church plants throughout the Kansas City metro area in both Kansas and Missouri. We are united together around historically baptistic principles as well as the “great commission” directive of going to all peoples and making disciples. Our movement was birthed with the church planting initiative of the Blue River- Kansas City Baptist Association; thus our planters are in agreement with the Baptist Faith and Message. The goal of the network is to see an explosion of “gospel points” through the city and metro area. The goal is for planters to be a part of a “band of brothers” where “team” is central and the only star is Jesus. We seek to assist one another in planting evangelistic churches with the never changing Gospel in an ever changing culture of both Kansas City and the world.

Target Areas For Planting

The Northeast corridor of Kansas City, along Independence Ave is home to the most diverse population in our region. Scores of people groups from all over the world have made this corridor their new home.

South Kansas City. With the state line running down the middle, the area south of I-435 and near 135st Street, is a place of increased growth where several communities converge.

Inner Suburban ring. Our city has numerous “old suburbs” that realized their birth right after the Second World War. Today this is among our most diverse neighborhoods. Young families, older adults and a wide variety of people from around the globe call these post war communities home. While we have many churches in these neighborhoods they are struggling to adjust to the new environment which they find themselves. In many places we must start dozens of new churches and in other places we need to replant dozens of declining churches. The inner suburban ring on both sides of the state line represents one of the greatest church planting needs in our region.

Western Wyandotte County, Kansas. With unprecedented growth during an economic downturn this area of our city defies the odds and continues to grow and expand with new young families.

REGIONAL LEADERS

John Mark Clifton

plantKC Team Leader
Wornall Road

Jason Allen

LifeConnection Church

Chane Hutton

AZ-U-R Ministries

Chris Pinion

LifeQuest Church

Rodney Hammer

BR-KC Association

plantOZARKS

plantOZARKS

Southwest Missouri is a culture in transition. With a high quality of life and a low cost of living, the last three decades have proven explosive for growth in this part of the state, with Christian County being the fastest growing county in the state for all but a couple of the last 15 years. Land has been quickly turned from cow pastures to ‘people pastures’ in the form of everything from shopping centers to neighborhoods. Predominantly once a region of low ethnic diversity, this is changing as many are coming to this economy to seek jobs in the rural and urban contexts. Two of the states six largest cities (suburbs notwithstanding) are located in Southwest Missouri; Springfield at #3 and Joplin at #6. Southwest Missouri is also home to one of the Midwest’s largest tourist locations, Branson. There are many things that attract people to this area, but none more than an economy that is stabilized by 13 institutions of higher education, 2 hospital systems that are included in the top 100 in the nation, top tourist attractions, beautiful scenery, abundant opportunity and a simpler way of life in many respects and in comparison to most other parts of the country. The surrounding, outlying communities have experienced great growth as well and developed their own economic centers in the midst of revitalization. Southwest Missouri is a bastion of conservatism for the state and religion is plentiful. Two international denominations are headquartered in Springfield; the Assembly of God and the Fundamental Independent Baptist. Not absent from a high concentration of churches is an abundance of religion that is anything but Biblical and Gospel-centered, not to mention missional and that borders on dead. False gospels of most any kind can be heard and found regularly including the health and wealth gospel of varied flavors and legalisms that constrict more than the largest anaconda. As people continue to relocate to Southwest Missouri even in the midst of, and maybe encouraged as a result of, economic struggles the need for more Biblically-based, Gospel-centered, missional churches grows. We are focused on every demographic from urban core, suburban centers, small towns and rural plants.

PlantOZARKS is committed to raising up men called of God to plant Gospel-centered, missional churches and see a Gospel- movement multiplied. We want to see the Gospel impact our cities and communities with real redemptive power in people’s lives. We are a young and growing network of passionate planters, leaders and learners that meet regularly for encouragement, teaching, training, coaching and strategizing. We are united together through our passion for the great commandment to love God and the great commission to make disciples of all peoples. We are unashamed and passionate about our baptistic heritage, but un-denominational in terms of participation and cooperation. This movement was founded by the leadership of Pastor Lane Harrison through LifePoint Church, but is joined, supported and sustained by other like-minded leaders in the region. the focus of plantOZARKS is three-fold. First, invest in the Kingdom by building a relational network to grow Kingdom work. Second, invest in the Church as the ‘center of mission’ on earth to equip God’s people wholistically for mission and ministry. Third, invest in men to sustain a network that hinges on pastors being committed to the health, growth, maturity and strength of one another in the Gospel.

Target Areas For Planting

Northwest Springfield, Outlying, Surrounding Communities.

REGIONAL LEADERS

Lane Harrison

Regional Church Planting Director
Lead Pastor – LifePoint Church

Josh Hedger

Church Planting Strategist
Lead Pastor – Freshwater Church

plantOZARKS

plantDETROIT

Detroit has many nicknames – from “Motor City” to “Hockeytown,” the city’s storied history is among the greatest of America’s major metropolitan areas. At one time the city’s population soared to over 1.8 million… having now dropped over 60%, the once booming city fell victim to criminal leadership and, ultimately, an impending bankruptcy. She is a massive city – almost 145 square miles. Within Detroit city limits you could fit the cities of San Francisco, Manhattan (NYC), and Boston. This poses a rather significant challenge – where do you even begin in such a massive metropolis?

Perhaps the most racially segregated city in the United States, Detroit faces a very complex set of challenges with regard to church planting. The devastating effects of sin ravaged not just the automotive industry of downtown, but bore fruit in the areas where the population lives – the neighborhoods. One example is the heroin empire built by Milton “Butch” Jones in the 1980’s. Jones employed youths too young to be prosecuted by the law and, in effect, burnt up an entire generation of young men. In one generation, manhood evaporated in the neighborhoods of Linwood-­Dexter.

But are these the defining features of Detroit? Bankruptcy? Racism? Drugs? Certainly not – there is still great beauty to be found in “The D” and much work to be done in church planting. Since we believe God loves cities and uses cities in his plan to bring glory to himself, plant DETROIT is committed to connecting churches with church planters to pursue the neighborhoods of Detroit and the surrounding communities.

While Detroit may have more churches than “the belt buckle of the Bible belt,” many of the churches are, at best, “anemic” when it comes to preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Disenfranchised by the woes of the city, Metro Detroit is in desperate need of Bible preaching, theological sound churches.

In Acts 1:8 we have recorded the last words of Jesus to his disciples: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and ot the end of the earth” (ESV). “Jerusalem,” metaphorically speaking is “home base,” and “the ends of the earth” is rather self explanatory… but what about “Judea[s] and Samaria[s]“? is it quite possible that evangelical churches in Metro Detroit have pursued their “Jerusalem[s]“ and “the ends of the earth,” but have neglected their “Judea[s] and Samaria[s]“? plantDETROIT is excited to connect churches and church planters so that this middle ground, this “Judea and Samaria” might be smashed with the gospel for the sake of God’s glory.

Target Areas For Planting

Metro Detroit

REGIONAL LEADERS

Mike Hanafee

The City/Regional Leader for plantDetroit
Elder at Restore Church, Detroit MI

Brian Haber

Worship and Media Leader for plantDetroit
Worship Leader at Restore Church, Detroit MI

Marc Bewley

Administration Leader for plantDetroit
Church Starter Strategist for BSCM & NAMB – Detroit Region

Peter Ashmore

Administration Leader for plantDetroit
Restore Church, Detroit MI

Matt & Maja Golden

Hospitality Leaders for plantDetroit
Discipleship Group Leaders at Restore Church, Detroit MI

Wayne Parker

Connections Leader for plantDetroit
“Send Detroit” coordinator and Pastor of Merriman Road Baptist Church
NAMB – Detroit