Why Church Planting?
McLean Bible Church has been a beacon of hope for more than 50 years. God has used our church tremendously to reach many in our city with the gospel of Jesus Christ. However, there is more work that lies ahead of us, and we recognize that we can't tackle it alone. We need hundreds of mighty churches, all working together toward the same goal. In 2016, we launched our church planting network, New City Network, which aims to multiply and equip Gospel-centered churches in Metro DC. New City Network works with the North American Mission Board (NAMB) to accomplish this vision, through MBC's partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention.
Two ways you can stay up-to-date on New City Network progress and events are by subscribing to our monthly e-newsletter updates and "Prayer Warriors" planter prayer requests by clicking at the top of the right-hand column.
New City Network exists to disciple leaders and multiply churches among all nations beginning in greater Washington, DC by:
We recognize that there are many faithful churches in Metro DC working to make Jesus known. With this in mind, we seek to encourage like-minded church planting and revitalization initiatives in greater Washington DC, and beyond, by providing resources such as training, coaching and funding for those seeking to plant new churches and restore vitality to existing churches.
We are seeking to organize a simple family of churches dedicated to reproducing faithful churches throughout greater Washington, D.C and beyond. The network is made up of new and existing churches that meet the network guidelines and desire to participate in the work of multiplying churches. Check out our list of partnering churches!
Developing Training and Resources
We have developed a residency training course for church planters who spend one year with us as they prepare to launch their new church. We also create content, including books, videos, and podcasts, for churches and individuals to use as resources in their own church planting endeavors. Our desire is that these materials and methods are reproducible in churches of various sizes and adequately prepares and equips biblically qualified men and their teams to plant new evangelical churches.
Advocating for Church Planting and the Great Commission
We desire to help members and attendees of McLean Bible Church and other churches in the region to understand the biblical rationale for church planting and to familiarize them with need for new churches in Metro DC and among all nations. In turn, we hope this motivates them to participate in local church planting initiatives. Our intro to church planting course, "Church Planting Primer," is available online for anyone wanting to learn more about church planting and how every Christian can be involved.
Offices Located in 3 North
Director, New City Network
Clint Clifton is the founding pastor of Pillar Church in Dumfries, VA. Pillar Church began in 2005 Just outside Marine Corps Base Quantico and has aggressively planted new churches and developed church planting leaders in Reykjavik, Iceland, Bali, Indonesia and many other domestic locations. In 2011 Pillar launched the Praetorian Project, an initiative to plant a network of churches near military installations. Today there are eight Praetorian Project churches operating near bases worldwide.
Clint married Jennifer, his high school sweetheart, and together they have six children. Clint holds degrees from The Baptist College of Florida and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and has authored or contributed to numerous church planting books and periodicals. Clint currently serves as the North American Mission Board City Missionary to Washington, D.C. and continues to give oversight to Praetorian Project and New City Network, the church planting ministry of MBC.
New City Network Coordinator
Holly has served as the Coordinator for New City Network since its beginning in 2016. She has held other staff roles at MBC since 2010, both with Frontline Tysons and the subsequent Young Adult Ministry of MBC Tysons. Holly is from Oklahoma City and has lived in the DC area since 2006. Prior to working in ministry, she worked as a recovery room RN. She enjoys serving behind-the-scenes and helping processes run smoothly!