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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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psalm 67 2 4
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.

May the nations be glad and sing for joy,

for you rule the peoples justly

and guide the nations of the earth.

urbanization is relocating the world s population
Urbanization Is Relocating the World’s Population!
  • In 1900, there were 20 cities of over 1 million.
  • In 2000, there were 433 such cities.
  • By 2050, there will be 900.



Chicagoland is 9,300,000

Chicago is…

  • The second largest Polish city in the world.
  • The largest college town in the U.S. with over 550,000 college students.

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the world is moving to the united states
The World Is Moving to the United States
  • 1 out of every 10 people is foreign-born. (25.8 million)
the world is moving to the united states8
The World Is Moving to the United States
  • Recently, of the nation’s foreign-born residents…
    • 50% were from Central America, South America or the Caribbean
    • 25% were from Asia
    • 20% were from Europe
    • 5% were from other places.

The World Is Coming to Our Campuses to Study

20,000 international students & their families are here!

The very people to whom we once would have needed to “go” many miles have already come to us and it’s changing the face of Chicago.
metro chicago in 2004
Metro Chicago in 2004

18.7 % Hispanic

top 15 languages spoken in illinois
















Top 15Languages Spoken in Illinois
acts 17 24 27
Acts 17:24-27

"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.

why is god bringing the peoples of the world to u s
Why is God bringing the peoples of the world to U.S.?
  • So that they might become more receptive to the gospel.
  • So that we might more effectively reach the world with fewer resources.
  • So that we might become a more diverse missions task force.
the challenge

The Challenge:

More than 6,000,000 still need Jesus Christ!

How are we going to reach them?

god is doing exciting things around the world
God is doing exciting things around the world!
  • Today in China 37,500 people came to Christ, in India 27,200, in Sub-Sahara Africa over 17,000 and in Latin America churches are being planted at a rate of one every eight minutes!
north america is a different story
North America is a different story
  • North America is the ONLY continent where Christianity is NOT growing.
  • The percentage of Christians in the U.S. dropped 9% from 1991 to 2001. The number of unchurched has almost doubled from 1991 to 2004.
the united states is
The United States is…
  • the largest post-Christian nation on earth.
  • the fourth largest unchurched nation behind China, India and Indonesia.

Between 1997 and 2006, we had a net loss of more than 500 churches (Catholic, Orthodox & Protestant).

  • 1997 Study: 1 church per 1199 people
  • 2006 Study: 1 church per 1455 people

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

why should we emphasize church planting

Why should we emphasize Church Planting

as a part of every church’s vision?

after all
After all,
  • Don’t we already have enough churches?
  • Shouldn’t we focus on strengthening and filling the existing ones first?
  • Aren’t there quite a few new churches already being started?

Here’s why...

on the average evangelical churches
On the average, evangelical churches...
  • …younger than 3 years old, annually win 10 people to Christ per 100 church members.
  • ...3-15 years old, win 5 people to Christ.
  • …older than 15 years old, annually win 3 people to Christ.

Christianity Today, January 1991

Implication: Church plants are more effective evangelistically.

mega churches vs mini churches results from an international survey of 1000 churches

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.

thus our mission must be
Thus Our Mission MUST Be:
  • To continue starting healthy new churches which are passionate about seeing people come to know Christ.
  • To help established churches redefine their measures of success.
chicagoland needs more churches
Chicagoland Needs More Churches!
  • Currently we have 5703 churches (Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant) in Chicagoland.
  • To reach a 1:500 in every zip code (one church per 500 people), we would need to start 11,212 more churches.
  • Just to reach 1:1000 (lower than the national average of 1:909), we need 3,726 new churches today.
matrixing chicago
Matrixing Chicago
  • Regional Grid
  • Language Grid
  • People Group Grid
  • Worldview/Religious Background Grid
  • Church model Grid
basic strategy
Basic Strategy
  • Bible Study & Prayer
  • Develop & Resource Strategists
  • Network Planters, Churches, etc.
  • Training & Mentoring
training offered
Training Offered
  • First Steps Weekend
  • Basic Training
  • Basic Training II
  • Friend-Raising
  • Mentor Training
  • Online Church Database Training
This presentation given by

Robert Goette, Church Planting Consultant

Chicago Metropolitan Baptist Association

(last edited 11/6/2009)