Michigan Baptists are deepening their partnership with the North American Mission Board by adopting a new name for church planting efforts in the state: Send Network – Michigan.
Tim Patterson, executive director-treasurer for the Baptist State Convention of Michigan, noted, “With this new initiative our state convention continues to coordinate our field-based strategy, as always, to create new churches throughout our region. The state’s priorities and strategies remain ours.”
Now, however, NAMB’s church planting Send Network “and its standards of excellence will be understood as synonymous with Michigan’s church planting efforts.”
In the past three years, Patterson recounted, the BSCM “intentionally adopted NAMB’s church planting assessment, orientation, training, coaching and pastoral care as our systems.”
“The processes and systems driven by NAMB’s national staff function so well that our field-based staff, located in Michigan, are able to spend deeper, personal time with church planters, apprentices and partnering churches,” Patterson said.
NAMB President Kevin Ezell expressed gratitude “for our close working partnership with Michigan Baptists. We want to help plant churches everywhere for everyone and this name change reflects the team effort that has already been taking place in Michigan between the Michigan convention and NAMB. Now our efforts will be even more seamless.”
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Source: Baptist Press