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Church planting reasons and rationales

CHURCH PLANTINGReasons and Rationales


Acts 2 42 47

Acts 2:42-47

42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. 44 And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common;45 and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. 46 Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread  from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.


Church planting reasons and rationales

“The single most effective evangelistic methodology under heaven is planting new churches.”

C. Peter Wagner


Wrong assumptions on church planting

Wrong Assumptions on Church Planting


Church planting reasons and rationales

“We already have plenty of churches that have lots and lots of room for all the new people who have come to the area. Let's get them filled before we go off building any new ones."


Church planting reasons and rationales

“Every church in this community used to be more full than it is now. The church going public is a 'shrinking pie'. A new church here will just take people from churches already hurting and weaken everyone.”


Church planting reasons and rationales

“Help the churches that are struggling first. A new church doesn't help the ones we have that are just keeping their nose above water. We need better churches, not more churches.”


Theological rationales for church planting

Theological Rationales for Church Planting


Each new generation must be evangelized on its own terms

“Each new generation must be evangelized on its own terms”


Even where there are many sheepfolds there are still many lost or wandering sheep

“Even where there are many sheepfolds, there are still many lost or wandering sheep”


Team up and form at least 3 theological rationales for church planting

Team up and form at least 3 theological rationales for Church Planting

Group Dynamics


Empirical reasons for planting new churches

Empirical Reasons for Planting New Churches


New churches are a key to outreach

New Churches are a key to outreach

It has been affirmed time and again that planting new churches enhances evangelism. Older churches usually have a variety of activities. The problem here is that evangelism sometimes becomes a low priority.


New churches grow better than old churches

New Churches grow better than old churches

Built into new churches is a potential for growth that older churches no longer have. New churches are more noticeable and new believers fit in better.


New churches provide more options for the unchurched

New Churches provide more options for the unchurched

Unbelievers come in such a wide variety that a correspondingly wide variety of church options is needed to win them. Fortunately, no two churches are just alike and new churches are different from others even in their same denominations.


New churches are usually needed

New Churches are usually needed

One common barrier to new church planting is the notion that “this area is already overchurched.” New churches are needed not only to accommodate more people but also to serve as venue for the ministry of unused believers.


New churches help denominations survive

New Churches help denominations survive

Churches, like people, die. Just to stay even without showing any growth at all, denominations need to replace their deceased churches. This makes it necessary to start at least some new churches each year unless leaders are indifferent to their own denomination’s viability.


New churches help meet the needs of existing christians

New Churches help meet the needs of existing Christians

Planting new churches is not only focused to the unchurched. It is also beneficial to believers in terms of location, and meeting their needs both individually and their family.


New churches foster a broad minded kingdom mentality

New Churches foster a broad-minded Kingdom mentality

Local churches are only part of the whole Body of Christ. There will always be a tendency to be parochial when it comes to our local churches or denominations thinking that we are the only one who is right. New churches being planted will help promote the kind of perspective that we are all working to fulfill the same mandate given by the Head – Jesus Christ.


Why is church planting crucially important

Why is church planting crucially important?


We want to be true to the biblical mandate

We want to be true to the BIBLICAL MANDATE

Jesus' essential call was to plant churches

2. Paul's whole strategy was to plant

urban churches


We want to be true to the great commission

We want to be true to the GREAT COMMISSION

New churches best reach a) new generations, b) new residents, and c) new people groups

2. New churches best reach the

unchurched


We want to continually renew the whole body of christ

We want to continually RENEW THE WHOLE BODY OF CHRIST

New churches bring new ideas to the whole Body

2. New churches are one of the best

ways to surface creative, strong

leaders for the whole Body


We want to continually renew the whole body of christ1

We want to continually RENEW THE WHOLE BODY OF CHRIST

3. New churches challenge other

churches to self-examination

4. the new church may be an

'evangelistic feeder' for a whole

community.


As an exercise in kingdom mindedness

As an exercise in KINGDOM-MINDEDNESS


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