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New Orleans Church Plant Growing in Difficult Soil

New Orleans is not an easy place to plant a church, but Saints Community Church, with the help of AGTrust, is healthy and growing.

Planting a church in New Orleans — a city that is home to the infamous Mardis Gras festival and is a stronghold of unique forms of paganism — has never been easy.
In addition to the city’s significant spiritual barriers, social maladies such as alcoholism, racism, and poverty are rampant throughout its many quarters.
After Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005, one major evangelical denomination launched church planting efforts in 110 locations in and around New Orleans. Today, 12 years later, only three of those churches have survived.
Saints Community Church in New Orleans, Louisiana, is an Assemblies of God church that was launched in October 2011 with help from Matching Funds provided by AGTrust, in cooperation with Church Multiplication Network.
Today the church thrives. Currently, 300 people, mostly from a Catholic or no church background at all, call Saints Community Church their home. In addition, Saints Community is preparing to launch a second campus across the Mississippi River in the Algiers township.

“Planting the Saints Community Church in New Orleans has been the hardest and most exciting thing we’ve ever done,” states Pastor Wayne Northrup. “The Matching Funds provided by AGTrust kept us open. It was a good start for us to be able to begin building the church.”

Thanks to the generosity of AGTrust donors, the Matching Funds are helping hundreds of Spirit-filled church planters start churches like Saints Community Church and see spiritual breakthroughs in difficult places where other efforts have failed.

Dan Kersten

Dan Kersten is communications and development director for National Men’s Ministries and Light for the Lost. He is a writer, photographer, and ordained Assemblies of God minister. He lives in Republic, Missouri.