MUSCLE SHOALS — “Our world is like a waffle, not like a pancake, where the syrup, or gospel, spreads all over. There are strict cultural barriers in our waffle that keep the gospel from spreading across community lines.”
That’s why it’s important to learn how to reach different communities, like multi-housing communities, in unique ways, according to Eric Boykin, missions strategist at Tuscaloosa Baptist Association.
“Our goal is to plant a church in every metropolitan area of our state in order to get the gospel in hard to reach places,” Boykin said, noting that only 5 percent of residents in multi-housing communities (apartment complexes, trailer parks, etc.) go to church.
The Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM), along with Tuscaloosa Association, have teamed up to train believers across the state in a multi-housing pilot program learning how to reach different cultures and peoples who live in multi-housing communities.
Through funding provided by SBOM and the North American Mission Board, multi-housing strategists are already working in the 13 largest populated associations in Alabama and are in the process of training others across the state in multi-housing ministry, starting with Q-and-A type of luncheons, like the one held at Highland Park Baptist Church, Muscle Shoals, on April 19.
About 15 area pastors and leaders met at the luncheon to discuss what multi-housing ministry might look like in their own community. Multi-housing strategist Bryant McGee, a junior University of North Alabama student, shared how he’s helped start ministries at three multi-housing communities in the Shoals area. Online resources also were provided to participants and they were able to ask questions on how to fund multi-housing ministries, a timeline for how to begin and sustain a multi-housing ministry, how to find a person of peace and more.
Look for the full article on this event and ministry strategy in an upcoming issue of The Alabama Baptist.