Admittedly, there are many churches in Metro DC, but the truth is the vast majority are in decline. Of the evangelical churches in the Washington metropolitan area today, an alarming 80 percent have plateaued or are declining. In addition, Nearly 80% of those living in the metropolitan Washington area have no meaningful relationship with a local church.  Meanwhile, our region’s population continues to grow. The solution is two-fold: establishing and nurturing new, healthy churches, while also supporting larger, more established churches in need of support to survive. We will aim to do both through this effort.
 Taken from a quote by Win Arn
 Redeemer Church Planting Manual, Tim Keller, p. 30
This church planting network is supplemental to MBC’s multi-site approach. New churches launched through the church planting effort will be autonomous and, eventually, self-sustaining. At this time, our five existing campuses will remain an active and vital part of the MBC church family.
Yes, we are currently aiming to partner with churches in the area defined as the “Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area” (list of counties).
Individuals interested in partnering with New City Network will be selected through an application process, which includes a thorough assessment of their qualifications, leadership skills, and marriage and family life. New City Network provides varying levels of support, including funding and resources, which are stewarded accordingly.
Support for new church plants will not be limited to any particular denomination. However, churches in partnership with New City Network must affirm the Baptist Faith & Message.
New City Network will provide varying levels of financial support and capacity- building resources for partnering new churches and multiplying churches in Metro DC. A future goal is to provide resources for struggling or dying churches in the area.
We are prayerfully considering the launch of 10 new church plants in 2016-2017. However, the number of qualified applicants will ultimately determine the actual number.
MBC staff and congregants will be given preference in the application process. Our strong desire to identify and train both individuals in our existing church body to replicate the success of MBC by becoming effective church leaders in their local communities.
Yes. In fact, individuals with ethnically diverse backgrounds will be given preference in the application process. Our city is diverse and we pray that the churches launched through this effort will adequately reflect that diversity.
Each church planter will undergo extensive training over a 10-month period during which they will be required to provide monthly reporting to MBC. We will also regularly monitor the health and progress of the new church plants, and serve as a resource to the new church plants on an as-needed basis.