Why Church Planting?
by Jeffrey Haglund | June 2, 2016
Tim Keller asked the same question recently. You can really connect with his thoughts on Why Church Planting? by visiting the following link: http://www.acts29.com/why-church-planting/.
Here is where I want to camp today, there is significant evidence that new churches best reach the unchurched, period, period, and period.
Keller says; “Dozens of denominational studies have confirmed that the average new church gains most of its new members (60-80%) from the ranks of people who are not attending any worshipping body, while churches over 10-15 years of age gain 80-90% of new members by transfer from other congregation.”
Our own Rick Lawrence, pastor of Summit Baptist Church in High Springs and former Church Planting Director for the Florida Baptist Convention, stated in a recent CP meeting that church starts see a 4 to 1 baptism ratio verses an established church Baptism ration of 10 to 1. That means as far as reaching lostness, church starts are two and a half times more effective at reaching people for Christ.
So, based solely on the two above facts; church planting reaches those not attending any church and are 2 ½ times more likely to baptize new believers, we must prayerfully consider church planting if we are going to reach North Central Florida.
We are calling you, each church and church member, please consider your role in planting a church. Can you pray for church planting? Can you give toward church planting? Can you join a group of passionate, sold out, local believers in planting a church this year?
We have church planting training, partnerships and a network for church planters, and some finances to begin this biblically mandated charge from God here in North Central Florida. How will you partner?