NEW YORK CITY (FLBaptist)—More than 320 musicians and worship leaders—representing 120 Florida Baptist churches—will travel to New York City to partner with and encourage church planters while performing concerts in Central Park, Times Central Park, Times Square, Brooklyn Tabernacle and Carnegie Hall from May 30- June 4.
The NYC Worship Project is a mission experience “designed to make God known in a big way and to push back the darkness in what the North American Mission Board has defined as a Send North America City,” said Terry Williams, team strategist of the music and worship ministries team of the Florida Baptist Convention. “We are partnering with the new church planters who have an enormous task ahead of them as they try to reach people for Christ in New York City.”
Bill Hild, pastor of First Baptist Church in Sarasota, will serve as mission project pastor for the event, calling the trip “an opportunity to extend the Kingdom” in the nation’s largest city.
“Florida Baptists have been committed to developing a strategy to reach the cities in Southeast Florida. Here’s an opportunity for them to reach the biggest city in America.”
Hild said God is already at work among the 8 million residents in NYC, as evidenced by Journey Church and others. “We can come alongside these new church planters to encourage and seek to be a blessing to them as they reach others for Christ.”
The Sarasota pastor plans to speak at the conclusion of several of the worship choir concerts, visit several of the new churches and minister to the worship leaders during the trip. “And if there are times for street evangelism, I plan to be right there in the mix.”
The trip’s itinerary schedules the worship leaders to present a concert in Central Park on Friday; rehearse on Saturday; and visit churches and perform as a flash mob in Times Square on Sunday. Monday’s schedule includes a dress rehearsal and concert at Carnegie Hall. Then Tuesday, the musicians will attend worship at Brooklyn Tabernacle, which will feature participation from many of the musicians.
At this point, the musicians are confirmed to partner with 11 churches and NAMB church planters with the possibility of adding additional ones: Christian Bible Church in Yonkers, Todd Brandt; Crossroads Church of Long Island in East Islip, Sterling Edwards; Crossroads Church of Long Island in Farmingdale, Sterling
Edwards; Discover Church in Kings Park, Jason Jasper; House of Grace Church (American) in Jersey City, N.J., Moses Priester; House of Grace Church (Caribbean), Jersey City, N.J., and Pierre Walton Jean.
Also, Metropolitan New Revival Church in NYC, Derick Mehboob; Mosaic Baptist Church, Crown Heights, Stephen Stallard; New City Church in Queens, Patrick Thompson; Phares International Evangelistic Church in NYC, Abraham Desta; and The Gallery Church in NYC (Jessica McMichen, contact). Additional churches are expected to be added in the next two months.
Along with encouragement and training, the choir plans to leave the church plants with musical and sound equipment to enable them to more effectively lead their congregations in worship through music. They are in the process of collecting these materials, including musical stands, portable sound systems, hymnals, banners, keyboard and guitars.
Those interested in contributing, contact Kitty Herndon at the Florida Baptist Convention, 800-226-8584, ext. 3062.
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