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By Bob Larson — USA Director
It is amazing that in the year 2020 there are many regions and places across the
United States where multitudes of people have never heard the Good News that
Jesus saves. In Acts 1:8, the Lord gave the church the scope or boundaries of His
Great Commission. His command for the church was to go into “Jerusalem, and
in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” We cannot
and must not reach one area without the other or one region to the exclusion of
the other. All four areas mentioned in Acts 1:8 are to be reached by the church and
to be done so simultaneously. The world is a vast mission field but let us always remember
that America is part of that world. Missions is not geography. Missions is people.
60 Years of Church Planting in America
Since 1960, the United States division of BIMI (Reseeding America) has always been about
bringing biblical change to America through the planting of new churches. Over the past
10 years since the 50th Anniversary of BIMI, our Reseeding America church planters have
continued to plant New Testament Baptist churches in areas of our country where Bible-
believing churches were desperately needed. Over the past decade, many of our USA church
planting missionaries have started churches in what we call “mainstream” America. Others
have planted churches to reach different ethnic groups in our nation and still others have
planted churches to reach the deaf and Native Americans. We appreciate the efforts of all
our USA missionaries over the years.
Today, more than ever, we need to reach our homeland with the Gospel of Jesus Christ! It is
also important to remember we can increase our missionary force worldwide by increasing
our missionary source here at home. By investing in USA church planting, your mission
offering or missions support for a USA missionary church planter will be multiplied tenfold,
twenty-fold, even thirty-fold. This is accomplished when a USA missionary gets a new
church started and challenges his congregation to get involved in sending and supporting
new missionaries out to the worldwide harvest.
Church Restart and Restoration Ministry
Since 2011, the Reseeding America Church Restart and Restoration Ministry has grown
at a rapid rate. In this day in which we live, we need to plant or start hundreds of new
independent Baptist churches right here at home to keep up with our present population
growth. At the same time, we must find ways to keep the doors of our existing churches
open and functioning and doing what the Bible commands the church to do.
Today, less than 20 percent of all Americans attend church on a regular basis. As a result,
churches are dying in exceptionally large numbers. Over the past ten years, this is a trend
that appears to be accelerating. Currently, in America
3,500 to 4,500 churches close their doors each year! That
number represents all denominations. What is shocking
to see as one looks at the statistics, 800 to 900 of those
churches are Baptist churches!
Reseeding America has been busy the past ten years
conducting a church revitalization program to assist
churches in decline. Because many of these churches
do not have a pastor, we begin with locating a man who
can restart the church. We first try to utilize our BIMI
missionaries who have returned to the States from a
foreign field. We will encourage them to restart some of
these churches. Many times, their missionary experience
in starting a church and pastoring a congregation can
prove to be a huge help and blessing for churches that
need to be rescued. We also utilize men for church restarts
who have the same doctrinal position and standards that
we hold and who have contacted us and are available for
this type of ministry. Examples would be retired pastors,
missionaries, or evangelists. The age-old problem has
always been manpower and we are constantly looking
for capable and trained men to assist us in this great
A Major Focus for the Future
There are now 381 metropolitan cities across America.
These large, sprawling urban areas are now home to 82
percent of our nation’s population. This means the great
majority of America’s unchurched and unreached live in
our large cities. To effectively reach the metro multitudes,
it will take hundreds of new church plants and hundreds
of God-called metro church planters with a vision to
reach the untapped metropolitan mission fields of the
United States. As we go forward with this ministry of
church planting, we will continue to focus on this need.
To accomplish this task, it will take a major investment
by the churches in our movement to assist men who are
willing to start and pastor churches in metro America.
Please Partner with Us in Prayer
As we enter into a new decade of ministry, we are asking
churches and God’s people across this nation to partner
with us in prayer, asking God to raise up church planters
and church planting families to join the Reseeding
America ministry to plant and restart churches right
here in our homeland. We welcome the opportunity to
partner with churches as well as individuals in this effort.
Therefore said he unto them, “The harvest truly is great,
but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of
the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his
harvest” (Luke 10:2). W
America Northeast USA Church Planting
Survey — This was a twelve-day survey
trip with eight men traveling as a team
and meeting with church planters and
seeing the need for churches in the
Northeast United States.
2011 Reseeding America embarks
on aggressive church restart and
church restoration ministry that will
result in 43 churches being restarted
between 2011 and 2019.
2013 Bob Larson becomes the
USA Director for BIMI in June.
2014 Pacific Northwest Church
Planting Survey Trip — In conjunction
with the BIMI Open Door Project,
Reseeding America conducts a church
planting survey trip to the Pacific
Northwest. In ten days this seven-man
team met with and heard from over
25 church planters and pastors in the
Pacific Northwest and visited many
communities with no Baptist churches
in the states of Washington, Oregon,
BIMI Reseeding America
launches large fundraising effort to
assist in the rebuilding of independent
Baptist churches in the Gulf Coast hit
by Hurricane Harvey.
2018 BIMI Reseeding America
introduces “Seeing the Multitudes” to
raise awareness of the need for new
churches and for church planters to
consider the metropolitan cities in
a Nation” is the latest effort from
Reseeding America to bring biblical
change back to America through
church planting and the restarting of
churches in decline.
Number 2, 2020