New NAMB President, Kevin Ezell, has made it clear that church planting will be the main priority of NAMB. Yesterday, he was quoted as saying:
“Today, we’ve got the potential of entering a golden age of church planting. The GCR (Great Commission Resurgence) and Southern Baptists made it very clear that they want us to be about church planting. Fifty percent of NAMB’s budget is to be for church planting. So we need to be building the greatest church planting network in the world. God has given us the resources. We will have the passion. But we must focus and get it done. We can be the greatest church planting network the world has ever seen — to God’s glory, not our own,” Ezell said.
I agree that church planting should be part of our strategy to make disciples for Christ, but should it be our only strategy? Should there be a more balanced approach including church planting and helping existing churches reach their communities? It appears that Ezell’s approach is to put all of NAMB’s eggs in the church planting basket.
No matter how much rhetoric Ezell and others spout about church planting, the fact is that the majority of SBC churches will never plant a new church. But, I believe, they will reach out to their neighbors if encouraged to do so and given training on how to do so.
Church planting is now and will remain the approach of a minority of SBC churches. Is it wise to give our money to an organization that caters to large church ideals and does not help the majority of SBC churches reach their communities for Christ? I am pondering that question right now. How it is answered will impact my church’s giving to the new NAMB.