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.
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.
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.
The Puget Sound area is one of the top 10 most expensive places to live in the US. There are more millionaires per capita in the Seattle area than anywhere else. They also have a much higher than average level of education. 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 affluent community is often beyond the financial means of a planter by themselves. Partners can help planters afford to do their God-given ministry.