PLANTING GOSPEL-CENTERED CHURCHES THROUGH THE SENT NETWORK
Every follower of Jesus is sent to live on mission in this world. Some are sent to plant churches (Acts 13:1-4). In 2008, Bay Area commissioned our first church planting team, and in late 2012 we launched a church-planting organization called the SENT Network. SENT's mission is equipping of leaders for contextual church planting.
Why plant churches?
The U.S. is the largest mission field in the Western Hemisphere and the fifth-largest in the world. Sadly, 3,500-4,000 churches close every year in the U.S., according to Ed Stetzer, church consultant and researcher. Of special concern is the younger generation of millennials, of whom only 4-13 percent consider themselves churched.
We’ve partnered with SENT Network to help plant over a dozen churches that are loving their neighbors and making disciples. Another half dozen lead pastors are currently preparing to start new churches. Church plant locations include Gloucester City, NJ; Wilmington, DE; Washington, DC; Arlington, VA; Richmond, VA; and Maryland cities of Baltimore, Frederick, Urbana, National Harbor / Oxon Hill, Riverdale, Silver Spring, Gambrills and Annapolis.
We are praying and believing God to send even more leaders to plant churches in our region, and to expand into other regions in the years to come.