Cuba (MNN) ― Cuba is seeing one of the fastest church growth rates in the world--the Southern Baptist International Mission Boardsays that's evidenced by the fact that there just aren't enough churches to hold all the believers.
In 1960, Cuban Baptist churches numbered 210. Growth was slow over the next three decades, increasing that number by just 28.
However, within the last 20 years, a church-planting movement began sweeping the island nation. Today, according to the IMB, the number of Cuban Baptist traditional churches, missions, and house churches exceeds 6,200.
Church growth is surpassing the speed of construction for houses of worship, which leaves some of the congregations worshipping in houses, garages, yards or on rooftops.
A similar phenomenon in Asia revealed a critical need for trained and Scripturally-grounded leaders for these new Christians. Without the proper training, the risk of heresy grows. The leaders also find they need tools to cope with the other needs of their burgeoning congregations. So, IMB missionaries regularly form teams help train and disciple new leaders.
This team also discovered another close tie-in that helps the church: music. It's a big part of life in Cuba. An estimated one of every five people is involved in music in some way.
When the church-planting movement gained steam, leaders saw many musicians coming to Christ. It made sense to develop schools that would teach musicians to grow as disciples and to use their skills in leading worship. As a result, these 50 train about 1,000 Cuban Baptists each year.
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