Church-Planting, Anyone?

This is sobering. Our friend, Will Galkin, recently posted the above graphic. A few observations:

  • church attendance ≠ born-again individuals
  • morality is not a sign of Gospel faithfulness (i.e. just because the South votes conservatively does not mean that God is glorified)
  • we need church-planters (and mother churches) to boldly enter unclaimed cities for the Gospel
  • resources need to be allocated for church-planting
  • churches need to reassess whether programs in place are meant to “entertain” the churched or seed the community with the Gospel

Statistics like these demonstrate that Gospel-preaching churches need to seriously reexamine our mission. The American church has a unique opportunity to answer our Lord’s call to the Great Commission or sit idly by hoping that some type of change happens.

The Fruit of Church Planting

This past Sunday night at our business meeting we voted as a congregation to stop funding one of our three church planters at his request. The reason stated was that the church is now self-supporting. Some encouraging news from this now self-supported church:

  • supporting six missionary families at $1260/month
  • averaging about sixty people each Sunday morning.
  • 75% of their church are first generation Christians
  • training five individuals for full-time ministry
  • planning on planting another church in the same city Continue reading

A Thought on Church Planting

Pastor has regularly encouraged to pray about Bethel having an active role in planting churches in Allentown and Bethlehem. Consider this church planting thought from Charles H. Spurgeon, Baptist preacher of the mid-1800’s:

“It is with cheerfulness that we dismiss our twelves, our twenties, our fifties to form other churches. We encourage our members to leave us to found other churches; nay, we seek to persuade them to do it. We ask them to scatter throughout the land, to become the goodly seed which God shall bless. I believe that so long as we do this, we shall prosper. I have marked other churches that have adopted the other way, and they have not succeeded.”