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The Virtues of Church Planting

  • Jim Townsley
  • Nov 15, 2016
Starting churches is the Biblical way to evangelize the unreached people of the world. It was through church planting that the early church in Acts fulfilled the Great Commission and spread the gospel throughout the Mediterranean region. The result of that great evangelistic endeavor was the salvation of souls and the establishment of autonomous churches. Through church planting the gospel spread throughout the Roman Empire to such an extent that by the fourth century the emperor of Rome converted to Christianity in order to keep his political power.
Times have changed but the need for church planting is still great. Many regions of the United Sates need churches. In addition to the needs of America, many parts of the world are totally unevangelized and are in need of churches. Church panting provides the possibility for exponential growth of Christianity. Consider the many residual effects from starting churches. There can be many unexpected blessings accompanying the starting of a new church. 
Often a new church will have more people saved than many larger established churches. Not only will new converts be made but the lost will be reached in the most efficient fashion. A new church planter can give the majority of his time to witnessing to the lost. When a church becomes established and more mature the pastor will find much more of his time is spent counseling, coordinating, organizing and attending numerous meetings. After many years in the ministry it will be virtually impossible to concentrate the same amount of energy to evangelization. In many church plants with which I am familiar more souls were saved during the first few years, mostly through the effort of the pastor, than after the church is mobilized and established years later. Older established churches tend to have more members but are less effective at soul-winning. It would be very difficult for the pastor of an established church to spend fifty hours weekly on visitation, yet in a new church plant it is possible and should be the reality.
New churches provide more laborers for the ministry. Many young people in a new church have a willing heart to serve the Lord and they are open to consider full time ministry. Future pastors and missionaries can be found in greater abundance in new churches. There is something about the pioneering of a new work that creates excitement that is difficult to produce in an established church. 
New churches produce new money for missionaries. Some churches are “full” and do not have the resources to take on more missionaries, but in a new church they have not yet supported anyone. They are able to take on one or more foreign missionaries almost immediately and within a few years they often support several missionaries. 
Members of new churches understand the importance of church planting and often they are more likely to start additional churches. When a young preacher has a vision to establish a new church it usually goes beyond his community into other needy cities and towns. New churches reproduce churches at a greater rate than established churches. Generally there is more excitement and life in a new church. Usually a new church has a higher percentage of members that win people to Christ. There are many reasons to start churches and if more churches in America developed a burden to start a church I can only imagine the impact it would have on our country. My prayer is for many more churches to be started in the near future.