Church Planting

Ever since the birth of Bay Area Community Church in 1987, church planting has been part of our vision.  In 2008, Bay Area commissioned our first church planting team, and in late 2012 we launched the SENT Network to equip leaders to plant gospel-centered churches that make disciples of Jesus throughout the mid-Atlantic and beyond.

“As the Father has Sent me, so I send you.”  Jesus – John 20:21

The U.S. is the fifth-largest mission field in the world. Sadly, according to church planting leader Ed Stetzer, 3,500-4,000 churches are closing every year in the U.S. Of particular concern is the younger generation of millennials, of which only 4-13 percent consider themselves churched.

Innovative, Spirit-empowered church planters are needed to spread the good news and multiply disciples and churches.

The Sent Network is an arm of Bay Area through which we’ve helped plant churches in key cities including Annapolis, Silver Spring, Washington, D.C., and Richmond. Today, seven active church plants are reaching their neighborhoods, building disciples, and gathering as the SENT Network continues to equip leaders and multiply into surrounding regions. There are several additional leaders preparing to plant churches in the upcoming months. We are praying and believing God to use us to plant churches in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston and many other places.

Interested in learning more about church planting? Go to, or email Mark McGeever at or Brian Hopper at