North American Mission Board Sues City of Clarkston in Georgia for Opposing Plans to Build $10 Million Send Relief Ministry Center

The Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board is suing the city of Clarkston, Georgia as the town’s city council stands in the way of plans related to a proposed $10 million Send Relief ministry center.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the lawsuit was filed last week in the Superior Court of DeKalb County.

The document accuses the Clarkston government of unlawfully halting progress on a proposed missionary center by not approving a permit allowing the SBC entity to demolish two uninhabitable homes from the early 1900s located on property that it owns.

NAMB, the domestic missions agency of the SBC, owns the Clarkston International Bible Church and seeks to build a massive Send Relief ministry center that will be spread out across four blocks and include spaces for missionary housing, a medical center, parking, a gym, and training center.

According to Baptist Press, NAMB purchased the congregation’s property in May 2018 as part of a partnership to replace the church’s aging buildings.

The historic church became the first of NAMB’s seven new Send Relief ministry centers.

According to its website, Send Relief aims to provide resources, training experiences and events to help churches engage in relief work for those in crisis. The Send Relief center in Clarkston will focus on providing aid to “refugees and internationals.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith