One of the biggest questions to answer when we talk about church planting is, Why? Why should we plant new churches when there are so many already in existence? Why put all that energy into something new when we could improve was already is?
In 2002, Tim Keller wrote an excellent article outlining why he thinks planting new churches not only improves existing ones but also keeps us faithful to Jesus’ mandate to make disciples.
- To be true to the biblical mandate
- To be true to the Great Commission
- To continually renew the whole Body of Christ
- To exercise kingdom-mindedness
He then gives some historical examples and the need for new churches.
Think about it: The church you now attend was, at one point in time, nonexistent. Someone (or someones) came along and thought that it would be better than this new expression of the gospel be started. And you and your family benefit from how these courageous souls decided to their mark on the world.
Read the entire article here.