The NWBC is divided up into 5 different regions. Learn a bit about the regions below,
Seattle Church Planting is the church multiplication arm of The Puget Sound Metro Region (NWBC Region 1), an area comprised of urban, suburban, and rural settings. This diverse, secular, postmodern setting has more than 4 million people and over 100 major languages. The large population centers of Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, Everett, Bellingham and the surrounding communities are home to major industries (Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, Nintendo-USA, Alaska Airlines, biotech research, fishing, tourism) and significant educational institutions (University of Washington, Seattle Pacific University, and more). Set on the Puget Sound with many lakes and rivers, and surrounded by the Olympic and Cascade mountains, the region is one the most beautiful metropolitan spaces in the world.
Spiritually, the greater Seattle area is one of incredible opportunity. While over 80% of people believe in something beyond the physical realm, only about 1/3 are a part of any organized religion. It is a pre-Christian society that is seeing encouraging growth in the number of new disciples, churches, and even networks. On any given Sunday, only 4% of the population attends an evangelical church of any kind. Less than 1% attend a Southern Baptist church. We are “planting the Gospel” to see God’s Kingdom expand through the making of new disciples…and it is.
Since 2000, the number of Region 1 churches has approximately doubled. About half of our churches are 2nd generation ethnic churches or worship in languages other than English. Seattle Church Planting provides planters and their teams with one of the most extensive support systems anywhere, including prayer support, assessment, training, focus community exegesis, partnership development, coaching, advocates, planter networks, spouse networks, family gatherings, online giving, an administrative hub, block party trailers, portable baptistries, and more.
Western Washington Church Planting (NWBC Region 2) is the product of years of work by a dedicated team of churches that began as a cooperative initiative of the Olympic Baptist Association, Southwest Washington Baptist Association, Northwest Baptist Convention, and North American Mission Board. After over 60 years of ministry in western Washington, we have been impacted dramatically over the past five years by cooperative prayer, partnership and participation with teams from across North America. We look across the landscape of our field and see over 45 churches composed of people from around North America and the world. We now stand poised in Western Washington with a passion to see our cities, towns, and communities transformed by an almighty God and with a plan that has been formed by those same three elements: prayer, partnership and participation. As we look to that future our family of churches holds these things in common.
The churches in western Washington will be an expanding, vibrant network of cooperating congregations that will draw people toward Jesus Christ through life-changing ministries.
To encourage and empower the churches of western Washington toward a spiritual vitality that results in a growing Gospel witness and in the continuous planting of healthy, reproducing new churches.
Our Core Values
- Leadership and Service
- Creativity and Excellence
- Inclusion and Cooperation
- Urgency and Faith
The hope – the dream
The hope and dream is that a true God-led movement is developing to a point that the region is transformed to a place where it is evident that God reigns.
Portland Church Planting – Making Disciples who make disciples, forming new churches throughout the Portland Metro area.
Portland, Oregon is the 27th largest city in North America, with 2.36 million residents in the metro area (600,000 in the urban core). Commonly referred to as Bridgetown, Stumptown, the Rose City, Rip City, Portlandia, and PDX, the moniker “keep Portland weird” is a daily tribute to the uniqueness of Portlanders.
Portland is a coffee-lover’s haven, and the biking capital of North America (6-7% commute to work by bike). It is the home of corporate giants like Nike and Adidas, and yet boasts over 700 food carts and trucks, making it truly a city of “cheap eats” with world class flavor, ranking as the World’s Best Street Food. A city of neighborhoods, it is “a Big city of Small neighborhoods.” It is also a city of refugees — both nationally and internationally.
Portland is a very spiritual-seeking city, although many do not know what they are seeking. It is a city in need of Jesus- the one who is seeking them.
Some stats according to Portlanders…. -64% believe in something -25% consider themselves religious -39% consider themselves spiritual -10% are atheist -17% classify themselves as agnostic -8% are confused -23% participate in organized religion regularly (daily/weekly) -26% participate for major holidays -51% never participate in organized religion
Though largely unchurched, Portland is a city of spiritual seeking people. The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. Currently, the Portland Metro area has approximately 78 SBC churches. However, most of these churches gather outside the central city causing what is referred to as the “donut effect.” Many of us know that cities are central to spreading the Gospel. Most of us know that Jesus’ movement started in large metropolitan areas before spreading like wildfire through the ancient world. Portland Church Planting, while still planting churches in the suburbs and rural areas of the Portland metro area, is poised to re-imagine being the people of God in the central city, engaging “the donut hole” in Portland. Join us in making disciples who make disciples, resulting in the birth of new churches in Portlandia – where young people go to retire.
Region 4 encompasses the majority of the state of Oregon, and a tiny bit of Northern California. Extremely diverse in many ways, from the larger cities like Eugene and Salem, to extremely rural areas, desert, mountains and coastline - we have it all! The last five years have seen a number of rePlants as well as Hispanic plants happening. We are excited to see what God has in store for the years to come!
Region 5 of the Northwest Baptist Convention is made up of Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, and Northeastern Oregon. There is great variety contained within this vast region – mountains and farmland, dry desert and lush green land.
There are cities here (Spokane, Yakima, Tri-Cities, Moses Lake, Wenatchee, Coeur D’Alene, Lewiston, Pendleton and Baker City) and smaller towns, too (Ritzville, Coulee City, Sandpoint, Omak, Heppner, and Warden.) It is suburban and rural, young and the old, churches proclaiming the Gospel, and those without Christ.
Nestled in the region are eight Native American reservations; Native American Church planters are needed. Church planters are needed to plant churches in a variety of cultures and settings, in both rural towns and cities. A deaf church planter is needed. Contemporary and traditional churches are needed.
There are many more needs and places to plant. God is at work and is sending workers into the harvest. Are you one of those workers?