Bellevue's annual Missions Week is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about how you can share the Gospel from Memphis to the ends of the earth. This year's theme is national missions and the need for salvation in the U.S.
63% of adults in the U.S. identify as Christians, and only 24% identify as evangelical Christians. The remaining 39% of people who identify as Christian consider themselves Catholic (21%), Protestant—but not evangelical by their own admission (16%), Mormon (2%), or Orthodox Christian (1%).
29% of U.S. adults identify as having no religion at all. This includes atheists (4%), agnostics (5%), or people who do not identify as anything in particular (20%).
5% of people in the U.S. identify with a religion other than Christian.
In 2007, Christians outnumbered "nones" or people who do not have a religion five to one. In 2021, Christians outnumber "nones" only two to one.
Pew Research Center
We partner with the IMB, NAMB, church members, and other believers to bring the Gospel from Memphis to North America and to the ends of the earth.
Church members: 250
Location: Lagrangeville, New York
Population: 300, 000
Unreached or unchurched people: 294, 000
How you can pray for us: Please pray for our church’s leadership. Pray for maturity of believers in Christ and for more opportunities to share Jesus. Pray for God to provide the funds we need to build our much needed new building. Pray against the pervasive darkness in the northeast and for more church planters to come to this area.
Church members: 35
Location: Medford, Oregon
Population: 81, 145
Unreached or unchurched people: 76, 276
How you can pray for us: We had a fire at our church building. We have both structure and smoke damage. Pray for wisdom and unity as we face this new challenge as a church. Pray for us as we train leaders to grow and share the Gospel.
Church members: 60
Location: Vancouver, Washington
Unreached or unchurched people: 177,660
How you can pray for us: Pray to the Lord of the harvest to send more workers! Pray that we stay strong in the midst of constant attacks from the enemy and spiritual warfare.
Church members: 60
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
How you can pray for us: Pray that we would be steadfast, unmovable in the work of the Lord and our people will have a burden for those who do not know Christ.
Church members: 275
Location: Denver, Colorado
How you can pray for us: Pray for unity between our two locations now in 2022 and that we are able to reach the lost for the sake of the Gospel. Pray our original location would “re-engage” in the community as COVID-19 subsides.
Church members: 120
Location: Bellevue, Washington
Population: 4 million
Unreached or unchurched people: 3.8 million
How you can pray for us: We need a permanent home for Awakening Church, boldness as we share the hope of Jesus with apathetic people, faithfulness and patience to make disciples—not just converts, and a deeper dependence on God to meet our needs and open the eyes of the blind.
Church members: 42
Location: Columbia Falls, Montana
Unreached or unchurched people: 13,500
How you can pray for us: Pray for Gateway as we move toward our vision 2025, which is to be a healthy, multiplying church that reaches 1%. Pray for salvation here and in the West. Ministry is challenging! Pray we remain focused on sharing the Gospel, raising up and recruiting leaders, and planting churches.
Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) sbc.net
As a Southern Baptist church, Bellevue partners with over 47,000 other Southern Baptist churches to support missions around the world. This partnership allows Bellevue to be apart of mobilizing thousands of people each year for the Kingdom of God.
North American Mission Board (NAMB) namb.net
The North American Mission Board helps equip churches on mission in their communities and across the continent. Through compassionate ministry, church planting, chaplaincy, and disaster relief, NAMB helps congregations go to the lost and hurting.
International Mission Board (IMB) imb.org
The International Mission Board partners with local churches to empower limitless missionary teams who are making disciples and multiplying churches among unreached people and places for the glory of God.
Kevin Ezell has served as President of the North American Mission Board (NAMB) since 2010, offering leadership and direction to the organization that equips SBC churches to spread the Gospel to North America.
Kevin earned his bachelor’s degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He received a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and a Doctor of Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
Prior to coming to NAMB, Kevin served as senior pastor of Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, for 14 years. He and his wife, Lynette, have six children, Anna, Shelly, Taylor, John Michael, Libby, and Micah Lyn. The Ezell's are also blessed with six grandchildren.
Learn more about Kevin
It all starts here. One of the greatest tools we can use to further the Kingdom of God is prayer. Pray for our national partners and their families. Please, pray for laborers to join church planting teams across the U.S. Pray believers are bold in their faith, sharing Jesus within their spheres of influence.
Did you know that your tithe helps support missions around the world? Here’s a glance at your giving at work. Each year, Bellevue allocates approximately 1.7 million dollars from our general budget and special offerings to support missions, ministries, and missionaries at home and abroad.
Short-term, mid-term, and long-term missions opportunities exist locally, nationally, and internationally. As you consider the Lord’s calling on your life, our Send Out Training is designed to help you navigate that call and equip you to serve in missions on a deeper level.