Church Planting


We believe that churches that are healthy should be reproducing themselves and starting new congregations and ministries. SMBA is a partner in SEND Atlanta and the Urban Atlanta Church Planting Network. We have identified over 60 locations where additional churches are needed.

This system has 5 major components:

Assessment: In cooperation with the North American Mission Board the process begins with the prospective planter enrolling in our assessment process by going to Mobilize Me on the website of the North American Mission Board.

Church Planting School: Upon completion of assessment, church starters are involved in a once-a-month year-long extensive training on the process of church starting through the Urban Atlanta Church Planting Network.

Coaches: Each church starter is provided a coach who has previously started a church. This person serves as a “sounding board” to the church starter.

Church Planter Roundtable: Church starters are encouraged to plant into the DNA of their new church the process of multiplication. Church starters are brought together to form networks to start more churches.

Multiplying Church Network: Our goal is to see every one of our churches involved in the multiplication process. We enlist churches to gather, pray and plan to start new churches. 

Our Association partners with the Georgia Baptist Convention and the North American Mission Board for resource support. Supplemental funding is available for qualified church starters.  

For more information, contact Larry Cheek at
770-483-2776 or