Baptist21 Podcast: Interview with Young D.C. Church Planters, Nathan Knight and Joey Craft

Baptist21 believes that the GCR will only become a reality through Church Planting. The Church is the chosen means by which God is doing His work in the World. Missions, Evangelism, Teaching, Discipleship, and Calling out the Called are given to the Church. This is so with the Great Commission. If we want to see a Great Commission Resurgence happen, it will be done through healthy church planting that encapsulates healthy discipleship. This means that Church planting is vital to a GCR.

dc-planters-300x199-2This is why the baptist21 podcast wants to highlight young men who are taking on this endeavor in tough places. Two such guys are Nathan Knight and Joey Craft. These two men and their families are team planting (they will get into why they think this is best in one of the three parts of this interview) in Washington D.C. They are doing this work through NAMB and The Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia. Nathan is also moving through the Acts29 process (they also address why they are doing this in part of the podcast). The name of the church is Restoration Church. Check out their website. In addition, check out and join their Facebook group and videos that explain the name and vision of the Church.

Part one of the Podcast Interview


Here are the questions that they address in the first part:

  • Why Church Planting?
  • Why they are naming the church “Restoration” and why they are not putting Baptist in the Name?
  • Why Washington D.C.?
  • Why is North American Church Planting not in contradiction to having the “nations” on your heart?
  • What are your North American and International Church Planting ideas?
  • Why is it important to be planted out of a local Church?
  • Why do you highly recommend the church calling you out as a planter, instead of you deciding that you are ready?

We highly recommend this podcast if you are thinking about Church Planting, if you’re a pastor and your Church is thinking about Church Planting, or if you are wondering how to put the GCR into action. There is some very helpful information for healthy church planting in this interview. Also, we hope you will get to know some of the wonderful things going on in the SBC, seen in the lives of the young people we are training and going out.

B21 sees these two men as like-minded brothers who are seeking to make a difference for King Jesus in a tough area. They believe in and are committed to the Southern Baptist Convention, though they believe that there are things that need to be improved. They believe that there is great potential with the SBC. They are committed to strong theology, Baptist Distinctives, the power and authority of the Scriptures, Training Men, Missions, and Church Planting of Gospel-Centered Churches (though there is some frustration with the current processes of church planting in the SBC and this is addressed in the 2nd part of this podcast).  This is the heartbeat of baptist21. This is why Baptist21 is excited about the work these two young men are embarking upon. We believe the future of the SBC rests on young men like this. Baptist21 is excited about the future of the SBC, if it looks like this. We are grateful that we are meeting more and more like-minded brothers every day. We hope this will only continue, for the sake of the Name.

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