We agree with Tim Keller when he writes: “The vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for the numerical growth of the Body of Christ in any city, and the continual corporate renewal and revival of the existing churches in a city. Nothing else – not crusades, out-reach programs, para-church ministries, growing mega-churches, congregational consulting, nor church renewal processes – will have the consistent impact of dynamic, extensive church planting. This is an eyebrow raising statement; but to those who have done any study at all, it is not even controversial.” Throughout the book of Acts and on into the first three centuries, Christianity spread like wildfire. Across continents the Gospel was preached and souls were swept into the kingdom. Even a cursory study of church history will reveal that at the heart of this Christian movement was the widespread reproduction of Gospel-driven, culturally engaging local churches.
At BLDG 28 our burning passion is to see a movement of God akin to what we see from those early centuries of Christendom. We want to witness our King rolling out His kingdom as criminals are transformed into children of the King. We know that the way this will be accomplished is through the vigorous continual planting of new churches. Therefore, we have an ardent desire to be connected to church planters/plants across the globe, to partner with them in ministry, and to specifically network with and launch planters out into our own backyard.
The white beaches, crystal clear waves, and year-round warm weather of Tampa Bay have attracted thousands of tourists and transplants, making the Bay area a booming metropolis. The greater Tampa Bay area spans nearly 4,500 square miles and contains over four and a half million people making it the 13th largest metropolitan area in the United States. Sadly less than 17% of the population claims to espouse evangelical Christianity and that would include liberal protestant denominations and churches. Tampa and the surrounding areas desperately need to be saturated with healthy churches. Our aim is laser focused. We are desiring to put church plants in every city throughout the Bay area. In order to do this we will need men whom God has called and equipped to train alongside of us and then launch out, with leadership in place and a core team around them, into the city where God leads.
Additionally, we have purposed to train and deploy planters across the globe as God raises them up. Though the context of ministry will differ in other parts of the U.S. or around the world, the Gospel message and the practical tools of planting remain unchanged.
If you are interested in supporting our church planting efforts or potentially being trained under and sent out from BLDG 28 check out our Church Planting Residency.
We are partnered with the Acts 29 Network as a church and in these church planting endeavors.
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