Started my read of Ed Stetzer and Warren Bird’s new book Viral Churches: Helping Church Planters become Movement Makers. As I begin the echo of the latest research from the Lifeway group (see: edstetzer.com) is bouncing of the walls of my spirit. In brief, that research says that only 3% of American churches were the primary support for a church plant last year and only 14% were involved in any level of financial support of church planting.
Meaning 86% of all churches spent all their resources (in the main, since 80% or more of all churches in America are plateaued or declining) on holding territory for the kingdom rather than advancing the kingdom through church planting. Pitiful.
Here’s a great quote from the forward by Rick Warren.
“Two thousand years of Christian history have proven that new churches grow faster, and reach more people, than established churches. The growth on any plant is always on the newest branches. … Viral Churches casts a clear and compelling vision that calls for every local congregation, regardless of size or age, to make church multiplication a fundamental component of their evangelism strategy.” p. xi
Could not agree more. I will post a review later next week.