Where New Churches are NeededJul 11, 2022
As the population of the Ocala / Marion metro area continues to grow, MBA Churches are addressing the need to plant more churches to keep up with population growth. So, where will these new churches need to be located?
According to the Ocala Metro CEP, Approximately 2/3 or Marion County is set aside for preservation. New development is limited to the Urban Growth Boundary, which represents about 12% of Marion County's total land area. According to the Marion County Growth Services Director:
Marion County’s existing UGB includes almost 200 square miles and nearly 125,000 acres of land. More than 55,000 acres of that land is undeveloped and has a development potential of 151,357 dwelling or housing units.
This map shows the Urban Growth Barrier within Marion County. It makes sense that MBA churches will want to concentrate their church planting efforts in the areas of the greatest population growth. Therefore, the focus of our efforts should be in this geographic region. If you would like to know more about church planting in Marion Baptist Association, feel free to get in touch at [email protected] or 352-622-6245.
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