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.
In addition to the targeted towns that need new plants, we presently have need for 2 pastors. Two of the BMW churches are ready to be turned over to a non-missionary supported pastor. We are waiting on the Lord for His choice.
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 it's 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, 2 of the ministries launched into building programs. The Plain City ministry (Liberty Bible Church) is erecting their first building. Payson Bible Church sold their previous facility and is starting all over again on a brand new piece of property.
For more information, please contact Dominic Gonino, BMW's U.S. Area Director.