Considering Church Planting in Northern Colorado?
Resources for Church Planters in Northern Colorado
How to Partner with Church Planters in Norther Colorado
Thank you for exploring church planting in Colorado! Since 2000 Colorado Baptists have been praying everyday at 10:02 am for the Lord of the harvest to send out workers. Since then, this prayer movement has spread all over the country and all over the world. Click here (http://www.namb.net/TenTwo/) to join the national movement.
You may be one of the answers to our prayers! Please review the four stages of our planting process. Each stage helps us discover who you are and your readiness to plant in Colorado. We hope this process also helps you discover where you are as a planter and how we can be an effective partner as you follow the Lord into His harvest field.
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Of the millions of people in our area, a small percentage are active evangelical Christians. However, the Front Range is a very spiritually sensitive region. People are open to discussing spiritual things.
Although Southern Baptists have seen a significant increase in church starts since 2000, we have a long, long way to go. We still represent less than 1% of the total population. To accomplish our God-given assignment, we need partners to help us in three main areas: prayer support, mission involvement, and financial giving. These are also called Pray, Play, and Pay.
Pray: Prayer is essential for the work of planting a church. Planters are stepping out of their comfort zones and church families to follow God’s leading. Their work is spiritually challenging and the warfare is overwhelming without a solid base of prayer support. Partners are needed who will be on prayer teams, conduct prayer walks, meet for special seasons of prayer, and adopt a neighborhood for which to pray.
Play: Missions teams also play a strategic part of starting a church. They break ground through prayer walking. They provide the needed hands and help for outreach events that reach greater numbers in a community. They encourage the church planter and their team by their helping hands and hearts. Some individuals serve as short-term interns or lifelong team members for a church plant.
Northern Colorado is one of the most expensive places to live in the US. In order to reach people who seemingly “have it all” already, planting a church requires a great deal of financial resources. In addition, experience has shown that it is important to live among the people you are trying to reach. Planting a church in an affluent community is often beyond the financial means of a planter by themselves. Partners can help planters afford to do their God-given ministry.
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