Ken Davis: Planting Churches

Ken Davis: Planting Churches

As a "missionary kid" serving with his family in Guyana, South America, Ken Davis had a sense God was calling him to full-time ministry. While working alongside is father on the mission field, he developed a heart for serving God and leading others.

Ken DavisKen is a professor at Baptist Bible Seminary and Director of Project Jerusalem, a BBS church- planting ministry.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Bob Jones University and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Whether teaching courses at the Seminary or coaching church planting teams, Ken uses his love for the Lord and for people to make an impact in the world for Christ.

I grew up as a missionary kid in Georgetown, British Guiana (now Guyana). The school I attended was very diverse culturally and many of my classmates were of African, Asian-Indian, Amerindian and Chinese decent. Although there were many differences in culture and religion, people lived at peace with each other.

It was different when I returned to the United States for college to see the racial segregation in the south. Our concern for what was happening eventually led us to start an inner city youth ministry. This became a Bible-believing church.

God called me into urban church planting and I moved to Indianapolis where for 19 years I was involved in cross-cultural church planting primarily in the African American community. Later I partnered with an African American pastor to help start Crossroads Bible College.

I have served in various leadership roleson Baptist Mid-Mission's North American Church Planting Ministry Council. This June I will again be privileged to be one of the main instructors in the mission's School of Church Planting, now in its 28th year.

I co-authored a 650-page textbook with Roger McNamara, another BMM church planter, that has been used in a number of Baptist colleges and seminaries. Entitled "The Y-B-H (Yes, But How?) Handbook of Church Planting" it is available at Amazon .

Church planting is my heartbeat. For the last 13 years it has been my privilege to serve as the Director of Church Planting at BBS. I teach eight classes - mostly in the areas of church planting and urban ministry - along with training the church planting teams. I lead Project Jerusalem, which allows me to stick with the conviction that starting and growing a new church is something learned through on-the-job training rather than taught in the classroom. So I see myself as a player-coach working alongside of and mentoring our launch teams.

There are two Project Jerusalem church plants in the Poconos that are very multicultural, ministering to Hispanics, West Indians, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Anglos. It is my firm conviction that intentionally multicultural churches are urgently needed in our nation's cities to be living testimonies that the Gospel can reconciles us to God and to one another, breaking down the barriers that often separate us.

The latest planting outreach is in Astoria, Queens. We have been praying and preparing to plant in NYC for several years. Realizing that with 22 million in the metro, the nation's largest city is perhaps the most unreached. After lots of research and prayer, God has led us to northwest Queens to launch a multiethnic church in Astoria, a community of about 300,000 people and 120 nationalities. Right now CityView Baptist Church is in a pre-public phase. We are seeking to gather a core group of local residents committed to helping us publicly launch weekly services. About 30 people, mostly South American immigrants, are now gathering on Sunday afternoon for training and community groups. With the help of BBC students who come down on weekends, we are doing lots of surveying, servant evangelism, and organizing evangelistic Bible studies.

Church planting is God's calling on my life. I have no plans to retire and hope to be coaching and training church planters until the Lord takes me home. My wife Sharon and I both thoroughly enjoy investing in the next generation of Christian leaders. Because Christ has promised to build His Church and churches in every generation and among every people group, I sense there is some job security this side of heaven. The harvest is still plentiful and the laborers few.

Learn more about Project Jerusalem here.

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Posted on: 3/26/2013 12:57:33 PM

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