Exisiting Churches: “Stop dragging your feet on church planting”

Earth boyA plea for existing churches to be Kingdom minded rather than fiefdom focused on the narrow interests of their shrinking congregations. My brothers, your congregation will grow when you begin to pray for workers and send some from you to plant other churches for the glory of God.

Quotes from my weekend reading

“The only way to increase the number and percentage of Christians in a city is to plant thousands of new churches … the only way to change the culture in a city is to increase the number of churches engaged in it.” —Tim Keller, in Viral Churches, p. 68

“I learned that if you preach as if non-Christians are there, Christians will bring their non-Christians friends to hear it.” —Tim Keller, quoted in Viral Churches,p. 69

“New churches best reach new generations, new residents, and new people groups.” —Tim Keller, in Viral Churches, p. 69

“The vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for the numerical growth of the Body of Christ in any city, and for the continual corporate renewal and revival of the existing churches in a city. New church planting is the only way that we can be sure we are going to increase the number of believers in a city and one of the best ways to renew the whole Body of Christ.” —Tim Keller, quoted in Viral Churches, p. 72

“Church Multiplication movements will occur only so far as leaders are ready to cooperate for a cause that is far greater than themselves.” —Stetzer and Bird, Viral Churches,p. 81


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