A new study by the North American Mission Mission Board of the Southern Baptist convention shows that baptisms are the best indicator of health in new church plants. These churches are active in evangelism, effective ministries, and growing their leadership.
“In the area of missions and evangelism, these new church plantsrecognize that the community will not connect with their church unlessthey connect with their community,” said Ed Stetzer, missiologist anddirector of NAMB’s research center. “They look for needs in thecommunity and find ways to meet those needs,” through food banks,emergency shelters, drug and alcohol recovery opportunities and otherministries, Stetzer said.
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