As a Sunday School and small group guy, I have an appreciation for churches that start new groups. New groups grow faster, are more evangelistic, and help more people in the church use their spiritual gifts for the Kingdom.
The same principle applies to church planting. Like new small groups, new churches grow faster and are also more evangelistic. But new churches and new groups share something else in common… they tend to be unpopular and difficult to start. Let’s face it… most of us know that we need to start new groups, whether they be churches or Sunday School classes, we just don’t like to do it.
My friend Ernie Tullis has just planted a church in the neighborhood that he grew up in. Ernie’s church plant is funded through the Edna McMillan Offering for State Missions (SMO), which our state convention does every year during the month of September.
Planting churches is not easy, but you can help future planters start churches in neighborhoods and people groups all over Oklahoma by giving to the Edna McMillan State Mission Offering, or to your own state’s mission offering if you’re not from Oklahoma.
For more information about the SMO, go to www.bgco.org/smo.