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Cecil B. Day Center for Church Planting

The Cecil B. Day Center for Church Planting equips church planting missionaries to advance Christ’s kingdom. The Center works in partnership with the North American Mission Board, several state Baptist conventions, and local Baptist associations near New Orleans.

New Orleans provides students with a unique laboratory to develop their disciple making skills and form their character to serve Christ’s kingdom. The proximity of both urban and suburban environments (walking distance to a 10-minute drive from campus) offers students incredible possibilities for real-world training.

The Day Center strengthens church planting opportunities available to students at New Orleans Seminary. NOBTS remains the only seminary established by the Southern Baptist Convention for the purpose of bringing Christ’s gospel to an under-churched area. Moreover, since 1917, NOBTS remains the most urban setting for any of the seven SBC seminaries. In 1987, New Orleans Seminary became the first SBC seminary to establish an endowed professorial position in church planting, named in honor of Cecil B. Day, entrepreneurial founder of the Day’s Inn chain of hotels, and a compassionate Christian statesman and faithful Christian gentleman. Mr. Day passionately encouraged church planting.

NAMB Send City Initiative

It’s been said if you reach the cities, you’ll reach the nations. With 83 percent of the population now living in metropolitan areas, the major population centers in North America are vital mission fields for kingdom growth and influence.

The North American Mission Board has prioritized its work in 50 cities throughout North America – known as Send Cities. As a Send City, New Orleans could see as many 100 new churches planted in the next 10 years. For more information about the initiative, contact Dr. George Ross, New Orleans Send City missionary, at (504) 343-1697 or

For more information about the Cecil B. Day Center for Church Planting, its programs, services, or calendar of events, contact the Church Ministry Division office at 504.816-8232, or Dr. Greg Mathias at