the MILITARY CHURCH PLANTING CONFERENCE
Every year during Veterans Day week members of the military church planting community gather together for a one day conference. They share testimonies, collaborate, and fellowship for the purpose of building the bonds within this community and increasing mission success as it pertains to military church planting around the world.
Over 2 million people serve in the United States military (active and reserves) with only about 10% of them profess any kind of personal faith in Jesus Christ. These service members and their families are subjected to high levels of personal stress and substantial challenges based on their serving as our nations defense force. These circumstances have led to high levels of divorce, suicides, financial problems, and PTSD. Providing spiritual support through local bodies of believers is an essential contribution in healing and strengthening those impacted by the effects of war-fighting and ongoing deployment demands.
Military communities all over the world need faithful churches working to reach them with the gospel. With approximately 275 military bases in the United States and an additional 150 bases overseas, the natural movements between bases present a tremendous opportunity for gospel advance. In recent years there has been a surge in SBC church planting in military communities; however, compared to the great need for new churches in military communities, the work has only just begun.
For these reasons the North American Mission Board, The Praetorian Project, and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary have teamed up to host a one day Military Church Planting Conference. The conference is intended for students, pastors of existing churches, denominational leaders, and those interested in military church planting to join forces to see more churches planted in military communities.