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A Biblical and Practical Guide to Church Planting Strategies

CASE STUDY: When The Crossing in Quincy, IL, was just a small country church, they saw that the surrounding area had an unusually large number of poor, destitute individuals and alcoholics. So they began planting in a unique way. Pastor Jerry Harris created Celebrate Recovery groups throughout Quincy. Because so many lived below the poverty line and most of them were unemployed, he opened a thrift store in Quincy and began to staff it with workers from the Celebrate Recovery programs.

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These cultural groups have unique lifestyles, language, practices and worldviews as well. Some of these cultural groups are easier to reach and assimilate into our existing churches than others. What do we do with the ones who are not easy to reach or assimilate? We plant new churches. Churches need to engage and reflect the context and the unique people groups among whom they are planting.

The church planting team is here to come alongside and assist church planters and partner churches in assessing the context, learning the culture of the people, and putting a strategic plan together to connect with them. All of this is so no one misses out on an opportunity to hear about and know Jesus.

This church planting principle is all about finding balance between recruitment and relationships. Planting a church means finding members to fill that church, but be careful not to abandon the members who have already joined.

The New Vision era of Bethlehem was coming to a close with great thankfulness to God for his many graces upon the church. By the turn of the millennium, Bethlehem had grown tremendously and was striving to use church planting as one means of caring for the influx of attendees. However, Bethlehem was also learning how vital church planting is to a healthy, God-glorifying church. This growth inspired a thoughtful, intentional, and more strategic approach to church planting.

In the U.S., church membership fell below 50 percent for the first time last year. With the decline in church membership overall, many churches have gotten smaller. Some of them are struggling to survive and an increasing number are closing. So why plant churches now? This might not seem like a great time to be starting new churches at first glance. But here are three reasons why church planting has always been worth considering, and now more than ever.

Established churches who help start new churches often experience renewal because of the church planting process. A study by Peter Wagner showed that congregations that gave birth to new congregations grew at nearly twice the rate of those churches that did not plant. These sending churches come in all shapes and sizes (yes, even very small churches can do this!). And they often discover that participating in church planting strengthens their own ministry.

A people group is unreached when less than 2 percent of its population is evangelical Christian. A people group is unengaged when no evangelical church planting strategy is being implemented among them.

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Recently, Matt wrote an incredibly insightful article on the 5 models of virtual ministry churches should be implementing. To help you determine which model is best for your church, they have created a FREE downloadable resource to help you. Simply click HERE or the image provided to get your complimentary resource. I found the information so interesting, I want to share it with you.

We dive more deeply into what we are seeing in this free download, but here is what we know: there is no right or wrong model. Each church will need to decide for themselves as to which model is the best fit and then begin to optimize their current staffing, budgeting, and programming to fit the model.

In A Guide to Church Revitalization, editor and Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. highlights in the opening chapter the need for a new generation of church revitalizers. Replanting struggling churches about to close their doors is a critical calling for contemporary pastors, Mohler writes.

Dream Big, Plan Smart by Todd Wilson with Will ManciniWilson and Mancini seek to help church leaders turn their aspirations and good intentions for multiplication into compelling visions with actionable strategies. The book is built on a solid foundation of strategic planning, looking through the lens of multiplication.

New to Five by Ralph Moore and Jeff ChristophersonRalph Moore and Jeff Christopherson have poured 70-plus years of multiplication experience into this amazing new resource for leaders! New to Five: Starting a Level 5 Multiplying Church should be mandatory reading for anyone and everyone involved in church planting.

Sending Capacity, Not Seating Capacity by J.D. Greear and Mike McDanielIn this new FREE eBook from J.D. Greear and Mike McDaniel, the two Summit leaders share some of the lessons they've learned over the last 10 years of planting 23 churches domestically and 90 internationally, and sending out 555 people from the congregation to be part of new church plants.

Successful urban church planting often involves people from the same group, share a common identity and share spirituality in a coordinated and integrated way. We should plant grow and sustain churches within a particular linguistic, cultural and ethnic identity. God blessed culture. We retain our differences and we share a common calling.

We will consider the factors and forces connected to a remarkable phenomenon of church planting movements taking place throughout the world today. At a time when definitions of the Church have become more and more loose and individualized, we will analyze all church plant and growth theories as they relate to the Nicene marks of the Church in the world. Using these marks as a representative of a legitimate biblical view of the Church, we will then discuss and investigate the connection between church planting and world evangelization, growth, and leadership development. You may also access this class at under the title, "Winning the World: Facilitating Urban Church Planting Movements."

The Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board will focus part of its efforts on planting churches in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, with the aim of reaching nearly six million people.

So far, NAMB has also recruited the help of the leadership and congregation of Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, Ga., for the initiative. Under their direction, the church planting strategy will take off while they aim to recruit others along the way.

"Cross Pointe Church is leading the charge to see healthy churches planted in our nation's capital. We have committed prayer teams, short term mission teams and $30,000 per year for five years to this critical church planting initiative," Mark Maynard, missions pastor at Cross Pointe Church told The Christian Post.

In addition to planting churches throughout the city, Clifton says he is also focused on planting churches at every United States Marine Corps base in the world. Pillar D.C. is going to be planted at Quantico base in Northern Virginia. However, Pillar Churches already exist at major USMC bases throughout North Carolina and California.

"The truth is, lost people don't see a need for new churches so the communities are always resistant to churches, especially churches that are clear on the gospel," said Clifton. "It's an uphill battle planting churches in a city that doesn't see a use for them. The challenges are numerous, the city is expensive, the culture is diverse but Jesus saves! His gospel is powerful and will grow wherever it's planted, even in the concrete of a city like D.C.!"


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