The Thanksgiving Offering is one tool we have to support new church planting efforts in multi-ethnic or economically challenged neighborhoods. Through grants, Mission to North America can encourage the training of interns for ministry in those neighborhoods or provide grants for church planters to have benevolence funds at their disposal.
Over the last few years we have had a few church planters seek training in cross-cultural ministry, especially in African American communities. In the PCA we obviously have more white pastors than black pastors, and many of them have no
cross cultural training. We need effective ways to train our pastors who wish to plant churches in a cross-cultural context. In this year’s brochure we highlight three church planters who have pursued being trained by established black churches and black pastors from outside the PCA to prepare them to go out and plant new PCA congregations.
Some of our wealthier PCA churches and church planting networks have helped sponsor the training and planting of non- PCA works, as long as they were church planters who preached a biblical Gospel. The PCA Church Planters highlighted in this brochure came into relationships with some wonderful and gracious African American pastors from other denominations who were willing to help them.
We ask you to help us help them. Mission to North America depends on the generosity and kindness of God’s people as they give to the Thanksgiving Offering. Please take a moment to read the brochure, then pray and ask the Lord to empower our church planters as they sow the seed of the Gospel among the poor, and as they do good works to show the love of Christ.
You can order free copies of the Thanksgiving Offering brochure to distribute at your church, Sunday school, or prayer group. We encourage pastors to preach a sermon that includes the mission of the Thanksgiving Offering, and then take up an offering as a congregation. Individual contributions are also welcome. Your gift will play a significant role in training those who will minister among the many ethnic groups in North America.
MNA Urban and Mercy Ministries Coordinator
Or send checks made out to Mission to North America and designated for Thanksgiving Offering to:
Mission to North America
PO Box 890233
Charlotte NC 28289-0233
If you have questions, please contact Karen Swartz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 678-825-1235.