Why Plant New Churches
Tim Keller, who for many years pastored Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York once wrote; “The vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for 1) the numerical growth of the Body of Christ in any city, and 2) the continual corporate renewal and revival of the existing churches in a city.
Nothing else—not crusades, outreach programs, para-church ministries, growing mega-churches, congregational consulting, nor church renewal processes—will have the consistent impact of dynamic, extensive church planting.” I completely agree.
The planting of new churches is the best way to reach new generations, new residents and new people groups. In fact, younger adults have always been disproportionately found in newer congregations. Let’s get about our heavenly father’s business and encourage planting new churches; new wineskins for the new wine of our generation!
- Larry Kreider
Larry Kreider serves as International Director of DOVE International