Taylor named church planting strategist
On Nov. 17, Mike Taylor began his service with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) as a church planting strategist. Prior to this role, Taylor served as an Army chaplain, both on active duty and in the National Guard. Currently, he is also the State Chaplain for the Oklahoma National Guard and serves as one of the National Guard’s Disaster Response Religious Support Coordinators.
His first pastorate was Red Rock, First, while he was a student at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.
Taylor planted his first church in Grandbury, Texas in 1985. In 1994, with the aid of McLoud, First, he and his wife, Deborah, planted Pecan Valley Church in Little Axe. He served as pastor of McLoud, First, which sponsored the start of three missions, Pecan Valley being one of them.
“Mike began his ministry as a pastor who helped to start churches, so he truly understands church planting from both the partnering side and the planting side,” said Randy Adams, Church Outreach Team Leader of the BGCO.
Taylor has served as an associate in church planting at the BGCO since the Spring of 2004, assisting with the planting of approximately 60 new churches in Oklahoma over the years. In his role as church planting strategist, he will be responsible for developing the strategy for many new church starts that the church planting associates implement.
“I honestly believe that it is harder to lead a church to plant a new work than it is to start a new church,” said Taylor. “At McLoud, First, we had a good church that understood missions and the need for new churches. Just as I believe that the birth of children carries the human race to the next generation, church births do the same for God’s people. New works generally focus on the next generation or hurting people in a community that existing churches have missed.”
Taylor sums up his vision of church planting in these three statements.
1. To focus on strategies that will enhance our ability to start healthier churches and more of them.
2. To develop strategies that will focus on starting churches that will reach the invisible or missing generation in our established churches.
3. To develop strategies that will include more of our established churches in the planting process and that will help us as a denomination to see that any new work God has established in not a threat to an existing work of His, but a complement to what He intends to do for the lost.
Taylor emphasizes that, “the monopoly on the lost belongs to God and not to us. God isn’t going to start or do something that will threaten His church or His work in a community.”