The Liberty Center for Church Planting concluded a four-day “Storm the Gates” Church Planting Emphasis Week on Saturday.
“Storm the Gates was only Liberty’s second Church Planting Emphasis Week in its history, and it also was a huge success,” said Dr. Dave Earley, director of the Liberty Center for Church Planting at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.
During the week, church planters spoke in numerous classes and in convocation. Students were given opportunities to sign up for summer ministry internships in more than 20 states.
The week also consisted of three unique conferences. The Next Church 101 conference allowed more than 200 students to break up into teams and plan how to launch new churches in needy cities around the United States. The Next Church 102 conference gave 125 students and pastors the nuts and bolts they would need to launch a large church from scratch. The Next Church 103 conference gave pastors information on how to start daughter churches.
Since the Center for Church Planting was created in July of 2006, the number of Liberty churches has doubled each year, with more than 40 new churches expected to be planted in 2008.
The Center for Ministry Training said its goal is to plant 500 Liberty churches within the next few years and to position Liberty as the primary site to resource church planters.
“Storm the Gates” was presented as a partnership of the Liberty Center for Church Planting, Next Church, Westridge School of Church Planting and the Liberty Baptist Fellowship for Church Planting. Speakers during the week included Jamie George, Vance Pittman, Jim Aiken, Randy Smith, Hal Mayer, Ellis Prince, Roscoe Lilly, Steve Canter and Matt Wilmington.
The next Church Planting Emphasis week is scheduled for Feb. 27 through March 4, 2009.