Here in the South, where churches are as thick as flies on a carcass, we imagine that every community in North America has an evangelical Christian presence. This is far from reality. The estimated number of lost people in the United States and Canada is 128 million (more than the population of New York, Atlanta, Chicago, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, and Los Angeles combined). Numerous communities, particularly in the Northwest and Northeast, have little or no evangelical Christian witness among them. So what is the answer? Simply, churches need to plant churches.
Our Seminary’s Center for Ministry Training recently hosted a “Church Planting Emphasis Week.” Church planters and churches that actually plant churches were invited to Liberty’s campus to share the vision and to prayerfully seek out those who are willing to go to the edge of the map for lost people. Imagine going into areas where your faith is considered a cult. Imagine meeting people in the United States who have never heard the name of Jesus in a meaningful way. To get the gospel to them, evangelical, Bible-believing churches have to be planted among them.
One of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary’s passions is to train those whom God has called to go outside the boundaries of the conventional pastorate. Perhaps you have a passion for the lost and yet find yourself at odds with people who practice “Churchianity” rather than Christianity. It is time to get out of the box and be trained for the calling that God has given you. Are you ready and willing to go? You can come to us for our best training (residential programs) or we can come to you in the field (online programs); either way, let’s get the job done. American Christians have lived too long in the safe center of the map – let’s go where the lost are – at the edges.