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A s I read through this history of our Baptist forefathers, that simple method for planting churches that Pastor Beller had mentioned in our phone conversation years earlier was to my surprise the Bap- tist Church Planting Pattern of the Separate Baptist pilgrims of the mid- 1700s. This group was led in North Carolina by a man named Shubal Stearns. The book was an exhaustive history of Baptists. It spoke of the San- dy Creek Church pastored by Stearns. During the Separate Baptist Revival led by Stearns, 17 men were ordained and they planted churches. Through those early church planting efforts, it is possible to trace in one generation 500 Baptist church plants back to the Sandy Creek Church and in two generations over 1,000 Baptist church plants back to Sandy Creek! tearns was born in Boston, Mas- sachusetts, in 1706. After hear- ing the preaching of George Whitefield, he was converted, and later ordained as a Baptist preacher. In 1755 he came to North Carolina and there started the Sandy Creek Bap- tist Church. His idea for church plant- ing was simple. Out of Sandy Creek he started planting other churches. The church plants would have their own pastors and when these new churches were established, they would begin to carry out the planting of other new churches. It is a simple illustration of multiplication of churches. This simple plan of starting churches in those early days resulted in what we know as the “Bible Belt” today. As we see the tremendous need for the Gospel to be preached today in the Northwest, the Northeast, and the Southwest United States, perhaps we need to take a look back at how God used Shubal Stearns. God took him from the Great Awakening in the Northeast and brought him to an area where there were few proclaiming the Gospel and planting churches. S 12 • NATIONS Today in our churches we have many ministries. Why do we not have church planting ministries in our Baptist churches? Today in our churches we have many ministries. Why do we not have church planting ministries in our Bap- tist churches? The fruit of a Christian is another Christian. The fruit of a church is another church. The church is more The fruit of a church is another church than an organization. According to the Scriptures, the church is a living organ- ism. If living organisms are healthy, they will do several things. One is that they will grow and if they are healthy, they will reproduce. e have the manpower sit- ting in our churches in the Southeast United States to- day to plant hundreds of new churches in needy areas of our nation. We must get motivated and mobilized and move out into our nation with a great deter- mination to see other areas reached with the Gospel. Let us continue to minister and reach the Southeast United States, but let us remember that the Southeast has the greatest number of churches and W they have abundant resources to start new churches. Modern day “Shubal Stearns” are desperately needed. May God raise up men with a pioneering spirit and churches with a vision to see America reached with the Gospel through church planting! If you are a pastor interested in starting a church planting ministry in your church or you are a church planter, contact Bob Larson at Baptist International Missions, Inc. Reseeding America stands ready to assist your church and church planter in the starting and establishing of New Testament Baptist churches. Reseeding America also works with churches in decline and restarts churches that have closed.