Over ten years ago, the North American Mission Board began the Send City initiative focusing resources on large metropolitan areas in North America where there was little gospel presence. With over a million people in the greater New Orleans area, along with incredible diversity both demographically and religiously, New Orleans was chosen to be one of those cities. Over the past ten years, we have seen the Lord use the stewardship that Southern Baptist have entrusted to us to bring people to Christ, plant multiplying churches, and to serve this city through many storms and trials. New Orleans is a hard place to do gospel ministry in, but the Lord has been faithful to use us to expand his kingdom here through the faithful witness of Southern Baptists.
Here in New Orleans, our work consists of three crucial parts. First, through Send Network we seek to plant churches everywhere in our city for everyone. Currently, we have over 20 church plants that have just crossed the five year mark. Second, through Send Relief we seek to meet human needs in the name of Jesus. We do this through partners like the Baptist Friendship House and disaster relief efforts. Finally, through our evangelism initiative, we help equip churches with resources to help everyday believers live on mission. This goes even further here in New Orleans. Recently, our work has expanded with the opening of our new NAMB Church Planting and Ministry Center. In partnership with NOBTS and Leavell College, we have a state of the art meeting space here on the campus of NOBTS in the Fred Luter Jr. Student Center. In this space, we host a variety of events and conferences for both NAMB and NOBTS such as mission teams, faculty meetings, and even seminary classes. Our space is used to serve churches of the SBC.
At New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, we believe there is no better place to learn and do missions than New Orleans. Students who attend New Orleans will be trained in a post- Christian and cross-cultural context while serving alongside some of the best church planting practitioners in North America. We believe students who are trained and equipped for church planting in New Orleans, can plant churches anywhere in the world.
In an unprecedented agreement, NAMB and NOBTS are partnering to give students academic credit through the NAMB Multiplication Pipeline. The Multiplication Pipeline is a discipleship tool designed to help churches raise up and train the next generation of missional leaders. The Pipeline includes simple assessment tools and a user-friendly online training system to equip participants for ministry in a post-Christian context. The program provides up to 19 graduate hours for those enrolled in Send Network Training; up to 20 graduate hours for those in the Multiplication Pipeline Training; and 18 undergraduate hours for those in the Multiplication Pipeline Training.
Graduate students in the Multiplication Pipeline (Spans 2 Semesters):
Undergraduate students in the Multiplication Pipeline (Spans 3 Semesters):