Tom Ricks, chair of the EPC Church Planting Team, presented several highlights of church planting efforts over the past year to attendees of the 37th General Assembly in Sacramento, Calif.
He reported there are currently more than 37 active EPC church plants.
“Since we are not a top-down organization that tells you how to do it, we don’t always know about every newly planted church,” he said. “I knew we had 37 active plants, but found out about three more since I got here—so I think we have 40!”
Reminding those in attendance that the vision for the EPC is that every church become a Parent, Partner, or Patron of a church plant, those in attendance heard from a church that has taken up the mantle of Partner in creative, innovative, and effective ways in a city with significant Muslim and Hindu populations.
He also reported on church planting networks in Brooklyn, Detroit, the New Orleans/Gulf Coast region, Memphis, Denver, and the San Francisco Bay area. These networks provide resources and support to church planters, as well as focused training, nurturing, and equipping.