Church Planting Updates
Introducing Our New Church Planter Recruiter
Wednesday, September 8th, 2021
Hey Denton County Baptists! My name is Micah Caswell, and I am your new Church Planter Recruiter. This is my first article, so I thought it a good idea to introduce myself, provide a brief case for church planting, and share our vision for SEND Church Planting.
I have been married to Kristen for 18 years and we have two children named Mason and Kenlee. Our family launched Redeemer Church in 2014 and just moved the church into our first building. It is the fourth church we have helped plant. Kristen and I grew up in Denton at First Baptist Church.
Pastor Jeff Williams was one of my early mentors in ministry. Reading ministry related books with Jeff opened my eyes to church planting. Clearly, church planting is biblical. Jesus’ Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) calls every Christian to make disciples. We see this happening when Peter preaches his famous sermon in Acts 2. The gospel was proclaimed, people were converted, and then they were organized into a church. Paul’s ministry followed a similar pattern: proclamation, evangelism, church planting.
Church planting has also proven to be effective at making disciples. For example, the average church plant gains 60% to 80% of its new members from people who were not regularly attending another church. By comparison, when a church is older than 15 years old about 80% to 90% of their new members are people who transferred from another church. Southern Baptist baptism statistics reflect these trends. Established SBC churches baptize 3.4 people per 100 members, while church plants baptize 11.7 per 100 members.
In order to make more disciples we have established the SEND Church Planting Network in order to recruit, assess, equip, plant, coach, and multiply church planters. My role is to recruit new church planters to our association. This year we are praying for four new men to attend our assessment weekend.
As I close, let me ask two things. First, please pray the Lord raises up four brothers to be assessed at our next assessment retreat. Second, if you know of someone in your church interested in church planting, please send them my way.
Our church planting team has some big hairy audacious goals. However, we serve a God who said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). I am excited to see how the Lord graciously meets us in this effort to plant new churches!