Planting new churches is the most effective evangelistic methodology known under heaven. Peter Wagner
Why go through all the effort of starting a new church? Aren’t there lots of churches already? Doesn’t this cause competition?
These questions and more come to the surface when church planting is discussed. It can first be noted that Vancouver is one of the least-churched cities in North America. There are cities in the Lower Mainland such as Abbotsford that are highly churched but the closer one gets to Vancouver the more unchurched the area becomes. We need more churches. We need more Jesus-followers who show and share Jesus in their everyday lives. Furthermore, we believe that there are numerous practical, biblical and strategic reasons to plant churches. But a foundational point to make is that the main point isn’t planting churches. At the end of the day it isn’t about having more church organizations, more pastors, or more church services. It is about more people knowing Jesus. It is about more disciples being made. It just so happens that a natural result of a multiplication of disciples is a multiplication of churches. It can also be noted that an effective way of making Jesus known is to send out Jesus-followers to plant new churches.
The vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for (1) the numerical growth of the body of Christ in a city and (2) the continual corporate renewal and revival of the existing churches in a city. Nothing else—not crusades, outreach programs, parachurch ministries, growing mega- churches, congregational consulting, nor church renewal processes—will have the consistent impact of dynamic, extensive church planting. Tim Keller
We desire for our city to be a great city where Jesus is known. We know there are great, thriving, Jesus-loving churches in our region and we pray that they flourish. We also know that there are hundreds of thousands of people who are not connected to a church. There are many people who don’t even have a relationship with a Jesus-follower. Many people don’t even know a Christian. We need more Jesus-followers and more churches with various styles spread throughout the neighborhoods of our region. We want people to know Jesus. We want to make Jesus known. This is why we want to start new churches.
For more information read this article by Timothy Keller entitled “Why Plant Churches?”