A Case for Church Planting
Our vision for the future includes planting churches in the Central Connecticut River Valley. By the year 2025, we would like to be well on our way to planting 2 to 3 churches in the region.
This begs the question: Why plant more churches? Don’t we already have enough churches in the area? Consider the following case for church planting, especially in New England.
- Consider the Need:
In 1900, there were 27 churches for every 10,000 Americans
- In 1950, there were 17 churches for every 10,000 Americans
- In 1996, there were 11 churches for every 10,000 Americans
- The number of un-churched people in America has doubled since the 1990’s.
New England can be considered an unreached people group with less than 2 to 3% claiming to be born again. People who study missions say to effectively penetrate an area with the gospel you need one church for every 1,000 people. In New England there is only one church for every 8,000 people.
Consider the Opportunity:
Church planting is an effective tool for evangelism. Statistics indicate that church plants baptize more people on average than established churches. Established churches baptize 3.4 people per 100 resident members. While church plants average 11.7 per 100.
Church planting is also the biblical model for evangelism. The goal of Paul’s evangelistic efforts was to establish churches that would continue to multiply throughout the region. With the growing diverse population in our country, there is a continual need for churches to be established so that all peoples may be reached with the Gospel.
Consider the Movement of the Spirit:
Church planting is not just something we are thinking about at WEFC. New England has become a focal point for many churches and denominations when it comes to church planting. So much so, secular periodicals like Slate and the Boston Globe have taken notice and have labeled this church planting movement as New England’s Quiet Revival. In other words, through church planting, we are simply jumping on board with what the Spirit of God is doing.
God is at work in New England and we are here for such a time as this!
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