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USMB Pastors Weigh In On Added Value

Pastors agree that planting churches is the most important national agenda

By Ed Boschman, USMB executive director

In a 2009 survey, USMB pastors say church planting, ministry coordination and theological oversight are the most important added values the national staff can provide.

Most important USMB added values
Results of a July 2009 survey to USMB pastors; includes 80 responses
1. Church planting initiatives and partnerships (Mission USA) 85.3%
2. Coordination of ministries/organizations 72.1%
3. Theological oversight through Board of Faith and Life 57.4%

Three years ago we sent an electronic survey to our USMB pastors. We invited them to communicate to us what they believed were the most important added values the national staff could deliver to our conference of churches. Their message was clear.

1. Plant churches. There was strong agreement that nothing is more important than birthing new churches. Even though local church pastors are often over-consumed by the weight and breadth of shepherding a church family, they are keenly aware that an absence of church multiplication would not be a good thing.

That is why we are giving priority focus and energy to Mission USA, our USMB church planting and renewal and leadership development initiatives. In fact, we are asking the Lord of the church to bless our national family with six new churches...

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