Editorial: Reinforcements arrive to help win Georgia to Christ


The Georgia Baptist Convention, the state's largest religious organization, is still growing both numerically and ethnically.

Seventeen new congregations have joined the Georgia Baptist Convention, which has some 1.4 million members in about 3,600 churches.

Four of the new churches are Hispanic. Three are Korean. Two are African American. One is Russian. And one identifies itself as predominantly deaf.

Georgia Baptist Mission Board Executive Director W. Thomas Hammond Jr. welcomed the new churches at the bicentennial celebration of the Geogia Baptist Convention Nov. 14-15.

The best way for churches to win a state of 11 million people to Christ is by joining together. These new congregations recognize that they can be far more effective by joining forces with others.

“We still have much work to do to reach our state with the gospel, and my hope is that these churches, with their love for Christ and their enthusiasm for serving Him, will help propel us forward,” Hammond said.

The new churches are Anchor Church in Evans, La Cosecha in Oakwood, Purpose Church in Hoschton, Crossroads Church South Fulton in Fairburn, Redemption City Church in East Point,  Adelphos World Missionary Church in Buford, Agape Deaf Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, Glory of the Lord Korean in Duluth, Iglesia Cristiana Elevation Point in Grayson, Kingdom Kulture International in Ellenwood, New Song Korean Baptist Church in Buford, Legacy Church of Madison in Madison, City View Church  in Atlanta, Family Church in Marietta, Somos Ecclesia in Buford, Ark of Salvation Church in Powder Springs, Mar de Galilea in Byron.

La Cosecha, Iglesia Cristiana Elevation Point, Somos Ecclesia were identified as predominately Hispanic congregations.

Adelphos World Missionary Church, Glory of the Lord, and New Song are predominately Korean.

Ark of Salvation is the Russian congregation.

Family Church identifies as a multi-cultural congregation.

The five others are identified as predominately “Anglo” congregations.

Welcome to the Georgia Baptist Convention. May the Lord's favor be upon you as you seek to win the state for Christ.