Published February 7, 2013
Georgia Baptist work among the state’s non-Anglo population mirrors that of national efforts to reach ethnics for Christ.
And that makes the GBC’s Executive Committee’s recent decision to call for greater ethnic representation among elected officers even more relevant.
In their Dec. 10 meeting the members addressed the election of officers that occur at the annual meeting each November. Part of that policy called for greater diversity from the historical Anglo base and solicited representation among qualified persons “including generational diversity, laypersons, ethnics, and African Americans” that reflects the diversity of the state.
Jerry Baker, who oversees the state convention’s work in intercultural church planting, told The Index that Georgia Baptists have 324 ethnic and African American congregations statewide, with 170 of those in metropolitan Atlanta. There are 30 nationalities and languages among those in the Atlanta area.
“We are consistently adding 15 or more such congregations statewide each year. In many of our associations the non-Anglo congregations are the only churches that are being started,” he said.
“It’s interesting to note that Gwinnett Metro Association is now our first majority minority association, meaning more than half of the congregations are ethnic and African American.”
In addition, Baker said Georgia Baptist congregations are also reaching at least 92 of those ethnic/language groups through church-based ministries in English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Reading Writing (ARW), and Tutoring Children and Youth (TCY).
For information on how to start any of those ministries contact State Missionary Paulette DeHart at (770) 979-0588 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information can also be located at www.literacymissions.org.
Some of the groups among which Georgia Baptists have congregations include:
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