This podcast was recorded at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s 2018 Annual Meeting and focuses on multi-housing ministries. Nearly 95 percent of the people who live in luxury apartments, gated communities, government housing communities, trailer parks and other multi-housing communities are unchurched. While there is no one-size-fits-all model for disciple-making among these different communities, churches can use proven principles to begin an effective ministry to the people who live in them. K.O. Grissett, Joe Maye and Brian Norris provide a biblical perspective of multi-housing ministry and discuss the next steps church leaders can implement to get their church members intentionally involved in outreach.
Here is an excerpt from this podcast:
When you think of unchurched people, what are some of the first thoughts that come to mind? I think a lot of times, we think of the differences that we have with people that are unchurched, but I don’t think a lot of times we think about the commonalities that we have. When we’re talking about multi-housing, one of the biggest commonalities I think we have with people that are unchurched is the fact that we all go to sleep, we all eat, and we all want a place to call home. And for a lot of people in our state, and definitely, in our cities, multi-housing communities are a place that many people are calling home at a rapid rate. So what is exactly a multi-housing community? Multihousing, also known as multi-unit or multifamily community, is a building or a group of buildings or a structure made to house separate families in individual units. The most common multi-housing unit we would see is an apartment complex, but we also see condos, duplexes, and also trailer parks and things like that. Who exactly lives in these multi-housing communities? One in three people in North Carolina live in a multi-housing community. That is a wide array of different types of people: people of different skin colors, of different socioeconomic strata, all different types of people living in these communities. With that being said, out of that one in three people in North Carolina that are living in multi-housing communities, ninety-five percent of those people are unchurched. There are about 900,000 residents currently living in apartment communities across our state; ninety-five percent of those people have no church home. That is one of the largest demographics of lostness in our entire country.
Editor’s Note: K.O. Grissett, Joe Maye and Brian Norris are all contractors for the Office of Great Commission Partnerships.
by Great Commision Partnerships / Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
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