A boost to church planting: Georgia Baptists committing additional $300,000 to start new congregations


SNELLVILLE, Ga. — The Georgia Baptist Mission Board will send an additional $300,000 to the North American Mission Board next year for planting new churches in the state.

W. Thomas Hammond Jr., executive director the state Mission Board, said that’s being done to help meet the demand for additional churches in a state that had 300,000 people move into it between 2019 and 2022.

“We need to be planting more churches,” Hammond said at the Georgia Baptist Convention's annual meeting at the Church on Main in Snellville on Tuesday. “We need more churches desperately.”

The North American Mission Board is the Southern Baptist Convention entity charged with planting churches across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The $300,000 Hammond announced Tuesday will be used exclusively in Georgia.

Georgia Baptists already contribute some $9.5 million a year to the North American Mission Board through the annual Annie Armstrong offering.