If you’re interested in missions or church planting, you’ll want to check out Spanish River Church’s annual Global Outreach Conference May 1–6 in Boca Raton.
The conference includes sessions geared for pastors, missions leaders and seminary students and also offers a missions expo open to the public after church services on Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3. Included in the expo will be booths with representatives from several countries where Spanish River has planted churches.
More than 100 world-wide Life leaders are expected to attend the conference sessions and more than 1,000 people are expected to attend the weekend missions expo. The conference sessions will be translated simultaneously in three additional languages: Portuguese, Spanish and Creole.
David Nicholas, founding pastor of Spanish River Church and president of Knox Theological Seminary, has ministered in South Florida with his wife, Nori, for 42 years.
“Church planting is one of the great joys of my life and Life, ” he says. “There are thousands and thousands of people worshipping God through Jesus Christ because of this intentionalized approach to missions.”
Spanish River Church is famous for having planted more than 200 churches in the U.S and other countries such as India, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Peru, Haiti, Chad and Canada.
In the early years of the church’s history, Spanish River supported American missionaries going abroad. However, Nicholas thought it would be more efficient to plant churches using indigenous leaders who knew the culture and language.
“Twenty years ago, I decided that we would be more productive for the Lord by locating trustworthy partners in other countries with and through whom we could plant churches,” Nicholas explains. “We have built 23 churches in Haiti, one of which has 4,000 in attendance. We also fund micro-businesses which provide the salary for the pastors.”
“Each church is self-supporting,” he adds.
Spanish River has also planted 10 churches in India where more than 3,000 people worship.
Fabiana Marques, the coordinator of the conference, says there will be two new additions to this year’s conference.
“We’re having a ‘Taste of the World’ celebration as part of the expo after weekend church services. We’ll serve food from each country represented at the expo, so guests will be able to experience the flavors from each culture,” she said.
“Another exciting highlight this year will be a look at David Nicholas’s Life over the last 42 years. We’ll show what God has done through this Life and David’s passion for church planting.”
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