New churches re-vitalize the area that surrounds it.
There is a great correlation to church attendance and morality/crime rate.
"You have to believe that God will bless you when you do His stuff"
"To reach America we have to plant churches"
We have to look at the 9% church attendance as a positive...that we can have a part of bringing America back to God.
The first opposition to church planting is other churches.
Family will either help the most or hurt the most; your ministry.
How do you sustain yourself when you first begin planting a church?
Church plants raise up new gifts in the Bible.
Steps For Church Planting/Church Growth
- team: worship, admin, kids, youth, senior leader...later on: assimilation, hospitality,
- when? - time between call and when is usually around 3 years
I really enjoyed and gained a lot of information from what Gerry spoke on today. I believe that God has called me to church planting and I know I gained a lot; everything from the start-up process, 10 years later, the hardships and the rewards.
Just talking about this stuff gets me fired up for what I believe God has called me to.