Hickman and Torrison

Many different people and organizations work to ensure a church plant succeeds and thrives. In this 2018 photo, John Torrison signs agreements indicating that Central Baptist Association will support Vertical Church as it launches.

ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) - The Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s church planting strategy emphasizes the local needs of churches and regional associations over a convention level approach, according to the BCNM’s Missions Mobilization Team leader Scott Wilson.

In the past, the BCNM has approached church planting from a top-down strategy, developing a statewide plan and seeking partnerships once specific planting locations are selected. Today, the convention encourages and equips local churches and regional associations to raise up potential planters and identify key geographic areas for church planting within their local communities.

According to Wilson, this approach is more effective and prioritizes local needs over top-down administration. “My conviction is that [church planting strategy] needs to come from the field,” Wilson said, adding, churches and associations “know the lay of the land better than we do.”

The BCNM recently launched its Planter Portal, an online assessment tool for potential church planters. Wilson told the Baptist New Mexican that Portal is designed to allow sending churches, regional associations and the BCNM to work together to plant churches.

To learn more about church planting or to partner with an existing plant, visit www.impactnm.org.

Daniel Porter is a staff writer with the Baptist New Mexican news journal and GoBNM.com, news and information outlets for the Baptist Convention of New Mexico.

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