Why Start New Churches

Borrowing a great post from Bishop Will Willimon, here are the reasons why we should be starting new churches at a rapid rate:

80% of new churches in America fail yet we start new churches…

  • Because there is no more effective method on the planet to reach new people for Christ.
  • Because the only denominations that are growing are those that are planting churches at a rate approaching two percent. (In case you are doing the math that would be sixteen new communities of faith per year for us. We start about a fourth of that number.)
  • Because everywhere in the world where the church is expanding (ie. China, India, Africa etc.) it is happening on the foundation of rapidly multiplying communities of faith.
  • Because Jesus commands us to go and do the new thing: making disciples.
  • Because…selfishly we need more vibrant churches to share the load of paying for our mission (OK…I admit that is not the best motivation…but it is motivation.)

I couldn’t agree more.

They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved (Acts 2:46-47).

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2 thoughts on “Why Start New Churches

  1. I’d like to know where Willimon is getting that 80% number. I spent a couple of days in November in Nashville with Ed Stetzer and a group of other denominational leaders as part of the Church Planting Leadership Fellowship ( http://www.edstetzer.com/cplf/ ), and in that room were the denominations responsible for 75% of all the new churches planted in the USA last year, and I know the success rate among those groups is FAR greater than that. Proper methodology (which includes proper screening of candidates) has gotten denominations like the Baptist General Conference to around 80% survival rate 3 years after a church launches.

    But yes, too many churches aren’t making it still, and certainly many more need to be planted because it is indeed the best place where people come to know, love, and serve Jesus by percentage.

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