What is a REPLANT?
It’s estimated that around 1,000 churches are lost every year in the Southern Baptist Convention alone. “Replanting” a church happens when a church determines to restart the legacy of ministry and missions that once existed. While church planting efforts birth a brand new church, replanting is a sort of “two for one”: birthing a new church while also helping out an existing church that is in decline.
Our work started out as a church plant sent by Capitol Hill Baptist Church (Washington, DC), led by Dave Russell. As we sought to plant a church, a strategic opportunity arose: replant a 79 year old church, Oakhurst Baptist. In the spring of 2015, after months of discussion, the congregation of OBC voted overwhelmingly to partner with Dave Russell and the church planting core team. Together with the previous members, a new work was launched in September of 2015. Today, we long to see the Lord sustain a ministry that will continue a legacy of gospel ministry in the Oakhurst neighborhood and beyond!