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Church Planting resources arranged by topic
Unique people group resources and places in need of churches
I. Historical Perspective
A. Country of Origin – France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Germany,
Portugal, Poland, Ukraine, Switzerland, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Sweden,
Romania, Russia, and Czech Republic.
B. Language(s) – English, French, Italian, German, Polish, Greek, Hungarian,
Portuguese, Polish, Spanish, Ukrainian, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Romanian,
Russian, and Czech.
C. Religious Background – Roman Catholic, United Church, Baptist,
Anglican, Lutheran, Pentecostal, Mennonite, Jehovah Witness, Reformed Bodies,
Salvation Army, Latter-Day Saints, other Protestant groups, Eastern Orthodox,
D. Southern Baptist Work –
“On October 27,1953, after four years of contacts with Southern Baptist
literature and methods of religious education, the members of the Kingcrest
Baptist Church of Vancouver, British Columbia, were seated at the 6th annual
session of the Baptist General Convention of Oregon-Washington.”
“From 1974 to 1962, ten Southern Baptist churches had been recognized in
British Columbia and Alberta. At the end of 1962, there were 19 churches and
missions in two provinces with 1,021 members and $6,541 in annual Cooperative
In June 1976, at the annual Southern Baptist Convention meeting, California
messenger Hazen Simpson made a motion that “the Southern Baptist Convention
immediately extend encouragement to Southern Baptists dwelling and working in
Canada, by financial assistance plus any and all other means of support that we
make available to ministry outside the United States and its territories.” The
motion was referred to the Foreign Mission Board for study. At the 1977
Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Kansas City, the SBC “voted to
adopt a Foreign Mission Board recommendation that the agencies of the SBC
provide help to Baptist churches in Canada upon request. As a result of this
vote, in 1978 the Home Mission Board of SBC began to channel support into
Canada through the Northwest Baptist Convention. This process was changed with
the establishment of the Canadian Convention of Southern Baptists in
1985/1986. Canada now receives support directly.
E. Subcultures – Within each of the recognized national people groups from
European countries are multiple subcultural people groups. Many bring with them
long histories of rivalry with others of their own national identity.
F. Past Challenges – People group rivalries, cultural differences,
language issues, and religious identification are some of the past challenges.
"The Canadian religious market place is more like that of Europe or England
than the United States. In many locations, evangelical believers are suspect."
Growth in the number of immigrant children representing two worlds also pose a
G. Past Immigration Patterns – The first Europeans were likely the Vikings
from Greenland, who settled briefly in Newfoundland. Then the Basque, Breton,
and English fishers came to fish cod in Nova Scotia and began to settle the
Maritime region, which they called L’Acadie (Acadia). In 1534, Jacques Cartier
landed in Gaspe and claimed French sovereignty over the territory,
but real colonization did not begin until the 1600s. By 1663, the area was
under the firm control of Paris and was called New France. War between the
French and British raged for most of the 1600s. From 1744 to 1748, war again
ensued with major fighting and conquest taking place in the 1750s. In 1756,
France and England declared what became the Seven Years’ War (French and Indian
War). In 1759, the British conquered Quebec City and, in the following year,
Montreal. Peace was declared in 1763 with the signing of the Treaty of Paris,
through which Britain gained control of all of New France. The area was then
II. Evangelism – Canada is a nation that embraces
III. Church Planting – The goal for church planting for the Canadian
Convention of Southern Baptists is 1,000 new churches by 2020.
Funding will be prioritized according to:
Renewal does not happen automatically on a multiyear basis, but is
influenced by the growth factors listed above.
IV. Family Life
Research collected by Rodney Webb, former
employee of the North American Mission Board.
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