Partnership Between Florida Baptists and North American Mission Board Expands Church Planting Strategy

Tommy Green of the Florida Baptist Convention and, via video conferencing, Kevin Ezell of the North American Mission Board announce an expanded church planting partnership — SEND Network – Florida — March 28. Florida Baptist Convention photo

The Florida Baptist State Board of Missions announced and voted March 28 to expand the partnership between the Florida Baptist Convention and the North American Mission Board through a new SEND Network – Florida, effectively expanding the SEND South Florida emphasis across the entire state.

“This is a game-changer for church planting in all of Florida,” said Tommy Green, the Florida convention’s executive director-treasurer, of the distinctive partnership with NAMB among Baptist state conventions in the South.

“NAMB is about planting churches everywhere for everyone,” said Kevin Ezell, the mission board’s president, speaking with the mission board via video conferencing. “I am grateful for the strategic partnership we have with Tommy Green and Florida Baptists. We share the same objective of developing strong church planters and churches that will have an evangelistic presence in their communities.

“Our partnership in church planting through Send Network maximizes efficiency and removes unneeded overlap,” Ezell said. “We can now work seamlessly together toward the same goal.”

Through the partnership, every endorsed church planter will go through Send Network assessment, orientation and training. Funding will be based on a funding grid developed by the Florida convention.

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Source: Baptist Press