Published July 1, 2004
Georgia Baptists who are interested in helping to start churches in multihousing settings are encouraged to attend an upcoming Emerging Multihousing Church conference. The national gathering will be held Aug. 26-27 at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
The National Association of Multihousing Ministries and Congregations, Inc. is focusing on the 90-million unchurched living in multihousing communities across North America. An estimated 1.6 million of those reside in a variety of multihousing communities in Georgia, ranging from apartments to manufactured housing communities.
Jim Millirons, specialist in New Church Development Ministries with the Georgia Baptist Convention, is serving as president of the national multihousing organization.
“God’s preferred vision is that none should perish. His will includes those who live in the fast-growing housing industry – multihousing communities. Our task is to provide every resident with the opportunity to respond to the gospel and be assimilated into an indigenous Baptist church in the community.”
Georgia Baptists are currently involved in starting churches in multihousing communities in Atlanta, Savannah, Columbus, Jonesboro, and Augusta.
Keynote speakers at the meeting will be Ken Hemphill, Dan Sanchez, Ed Stetzer, Chris McNairy, and Tillie Burgin. The conference is being held to develop a strategy to help bring those who live in multihousing communities to faith in Christ.
The first day of the meeting will be devoted to inspiration and instruction from keynote speakers and exploring strategies, and the second day will focus on training for local leadership. Representatives of most SBC agencies will provide input for the future strategy.
The conference is being sponsored through a partnership with the North American Mission Board, Southwestern Seminary, the Baptist General Convention of Texas, the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, Tarrant Baptist Association, and Mission Arlington.
For more information, and to register online, visit www.experiencemultihousing.org. The cost is $100, and the deadline for registering is August 15.
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