The Need for Church Planting in Chicago & Beyond. Reaching the World Through Chicago. Psalm 67:2-4. that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations . May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you.
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that your ways may be known on earth,
your salvation among all nations.
May the peoples praise you, O God;
may all the peoples praise you.
May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you rule the peoples justly
and guide the nations of the earth.
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"The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27 God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.
More than 6,000,000 still need Jesus Christ!
How are we going to reach them?
Between 1997 and 2006, we had a net loss of more than 500 churches (Catholic, Orthodox & Protestant).
We must begin with God’s response . . .“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14
as a part of every church’s vision?
Christianity Today, January 1991
Implication: Church plants are more effective evangelistically.
Average size: 2,856
On the average, won 112 people to Christ over 5 years.
Average size: 51
On the average, won 32 people to Christ over 5 years.Megachurches vs. Minichurches(Results from an international survey of 1000 churches)
Natural Church Development, pp. 47-48
Implication: Minichurches (some of which were church starts) are 1600% more effectively evangelistically.
Robert Goette, Church Planting Consultant
Chicago Metropolitan Baptist Association
(last edited 11/6/2009)