ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—At its November meeting, the board of Regular Baptist Builders Club highlighted initiatives for 2021 to fuel the health and multiplication of leaders and churches within the GARBC.
“A movement is happening!” says Clare Jewell, director of Regular Baptist Builders Club. Over the past several months, nine new micro networks started across the United States. These networks of four or five churches are coming together to plant churches, multiply leaders, and help revitalize declining churches. Each one is led by a GARBC church in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Kansas, Colorado, and Idaho.
The goal is for each network to be fully operational in January 2021. Each group is currently developing minimum requirements for participation and formulating action plans. “We are targeting the finalization of a leadership development plan for June 2021 and to launch several new church plants in 2022,” Clare says. “It has been great to see the enthusiasm and commitment of these network leaders. Please pray for continued progress even during COVID.”
Clare recently visited All Nations Baptist Church in Queens, New York, where Train Up grant recipient Jason Philip is completing his church planter residency. Clare also visited a new church that received a Start Up grant: Iglesia Bautista La Gracia in Bryant, Arkansas. He spoke during the dedication service. This one-year-old church already has about 65 people in attendance. Pastor Oscar Galan from El Salvador is working hard in this mainly Spanish-speaking community and is connecting with unreached people. Please pray for this church as it seeks to reach surrounding communities with the gospel and multiply in new locations.