In all the places where Christianity is thriving church planting is a priority. I’ve heard from leaders in India, Africa, and even China and they’ve told me that church planting is foundational to their movement.
What is stopping the North American church from planting more churches?
I hear from lots of leaders about all of the reasons they CAN’T plant churches. No money and no leaders are the biggest challenges. But surely if these were the root causes for our lack of planting, we could figure out solutions.
I am going to suggest that it’s about priorities.
It’s clear that Jesus COMMANDED us to make disciples, baptize them and teach them to obey.
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).
(I understand he didn’t command us to plant new churches but do we need to argue that all of these things happen in the CONTEXT of a local church?)
I spent time in the Army. When a general gave us a command…it was a command.
I think we need 1) heed the order from Jesus and 2) take it seriously.
What if every church made church planting a priority? What if church invested as much time and energy into church planting as any of its other programs.
What if churches worked TOGETHER to plant more churches? I am convinced: It’s the responsibility – no, the obligation for EVERY church to help plant more churches.
EVERY church can help plant more churches by
- Make it a priority
- Quit trying to do everything
- Tithe 10% (at least) to church planting
- Invest in new leaders by starting training programs for them
- Partner with local churches who are planting
- Send people from your church to help others plant new churches
- Talk about church planting and celebrate it
- Host a leadership resident every year
- Network organizations planting churches
We can all do something when it comes to planting new churches. What can you and your church do?