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Crossover Baltimore

Baltimore Inner Harbor

Less than a year ago Bob Mackey spent a Saturday traveling around Houston. Together with hundreds of other Southern Baptists from across the nation, Mackey, executive director of the Baltimore Baptist Association, was in the city to participate in Crossover 2013, a citywide service and outreach initiative preceding the Southern Baptist Convention. Over the course of the day, Mackey observed partnership in action, with visiting Southern Baptists working alongside the local association and churches of Houston to serve the city.

Since then Mackey and his team at the Baltimore Baptist Association have been working hard to prepare for Crossover Baltimore, taking place in their home city on June 7.

"We visited a lot of different events taking place as a part of Crossover Houston...

When Aaron and Carmen Coe started Gallery Church, situated in the heart of Manhattan, they had no idea of what the Lord had in store for them and their vision.

Within its first year, their first church plant grew to nearly two hundred in weekly attendance and started the work of planting two other churches—one in New York City and one in Baltimore, Maryland. In less than six years, the Coe's vision to evangelize the nation's largest city had become a national church planting strategy called "Send North America" that had garnered international media interest, from the New York Times to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and even the Dutch newspaper Friesch Dagblad.

Send North America is the North American Mission Board's strategy to help existing churches start new evangelistic Southern Baptist churches in twenty-nine regions across the North American continent that are under-reached and underserved. This bold church-planting initiative stemmed from one man's vision f...