INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITIES...INCREDIBLE NEEDS
Utah is a wonderful place to visit and live! The Salt Lake City region has the youngest population in the U.S., the highest birthrate in the U.S. and the most educated adult workforce. Overall in Utah, 70% of the population are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).
BMW missionaries have been planting churches in Utah and Idaho for over 50 years. Through the efforts of BMW missionaries, some of the churches have been released and have called their own pastor, while others are still under the care of BMW missionaries. In addition, towns without a Gospel witness are still targeted for future plants. These churches are also served by BMW personnel running Key Radio in Provo.
The BMW team of missionaries that labor in Mormonland has grown to 15 couples and 3 singles. Much progress has been made, but there are still many towns with no Gospel witness. There is also a need for mature lay people - "Priscillas & Aquilas" - to join the team to strengthen and encourage developing church plants.
THE UPCOMING NEEDS
Two of our present missionary families have just launched two new church plants. One is in Salt Lake County, the other in Utah County near Provo. Whether from in state or out of state, please pray that the Lord would be pleased to bring a group of people together in each area that become a part of each core group for these new church plants.
A NEW STRATEGY GAINING MOMENTUM
In July of 2000, a church-planting consortium strategy was implemented which has greatly enhanced the church-planting efforts. The Consortium is not an organization, but rather a joint vision of BMW and Tentmakers Bible Mission to expedite church planting in the inter-mountain west. Since its inception, the new strategy has been able to see the launching of eight new ministries, which is more than triple the average number of plants in that time frame.
In 2008, two of the ministries launched into building programs. The Plain City ministry (Liberty Bible Church) erected their first building. Payson Bible Church sold their previous facility and started all over again on a brand new piece of property. 2013 saw the completion of remodeled buildings for the growing ministries of Alpine Bible Church in Lehi and Bryce Canyon Bible Church in Tropic. More recently in 2014, North Salt Lake Bible Church began meeting, and New Hope Bible Church became the first non-Mormon church in the city of Highland.
For more information, please contact Dominic Gonino, BMW's U.S. Area Director.