Launching a Neighborhood Church for the Nations!


Sam Rainer

February 11, 2018


The church is not a destination point for crowds. The church is a vehicle engineered by God to send people into neighborhoods and to the nations. On Sunday West Bradenton launched a campaign to become a neighborhood church for the nations. Check out the video and see where God is taking us!



We want to launch a movement. Far too few churches in our nation focus on the needs of the immediate communities around them. We want to inspire other congregations to become healthy neighborhood churches. We believe we can create a model for a healthy neighborhood church.

We want to create space for our neighbors. Our building should welcome our neighbors into the body of Christ. Our campus should be a focal gathering point for the entire community. The church campus should speak to how we believe there is always room for one more.

We want to be good neighbors. The church is a vehicle for the gospel. The people of the church are the means by which the good news goes into homes. We care about our neighbors because God loves them. We serve our neighbors because we believe in the Servant Jesus. Our church address is not an accident. Your home address is not an accident. God placed us here strategically. We’re right in the heart of Bradenton, and our hearts need to beat for our neighbors.

You can also learn more about what we’re doing here.


3 comments on “Launching a Neighborhood Church for the Nations!”

  1. Roberta Jones says:

    I appreciate the positive balance the video shows between local needs and ministering to the nations.

    1. Sam Rainer says:

      Thanks! We are a both/and church.

  2. David Burton says:

    Sam, this is David Burton. You and I met briefly at a conference a few years back. Soon after you came to Florida. At that time I was on staff with the Florida Baptist Convention. I served 25 years in the evangelism area and from 2002 till 2015 served as State Evangelism Director. As you know our state lead the nation for years with over 32,000 baptisms average per year. God blessed. In 2015 due to leadership changes at the convention my position and my entire staff was eliminated. That summer God gave me a word to LAUNCH David Burton Ministries. Much like you launched a new vision for the church God helped us launch new ministry. It has been amazing. Traveling the country. Speaking in hundreds of churches, conference after conference and before thousands of people on personal evangelism. Im loving it. God is blessing. To him be glory. I would love to make a personal communication with you and talk about Future open doors of ministry. I’m doing consulting work with Association’s across the country. Specifically wonder northeast Florida outside of Jacksonville it’s beginning to go through major major transitions with G future open doors of ministry. I am doing consulting work with Association across the country. Specifically wonder northeast Florida outside of Jacksonville that’s beginning to go through major major transitions in GROWTH. My email address:
    Cell: 904-571-8040

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