On Church Planting

Here are a few things to consider regarding evangelism & church planting.

Each year 3,500 to 4,000 churches close their doors forever; yet only 1,100 to 1,500 new churches are started.

“…by faith Abraham obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8)

The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.

No congregation has the ability & financial resources to reach and respond to the needs of every resident in a community. So partner with someone else and plant another church somewhere in order to reach more people.

On a per capita basis, new churches win more people to Christ than established churches.

Nationally there is a net loss of over 2,400 churches each year. Every 4 years the US has 10,000 fewer churches.

The Hartford Institute estimates that in 2012 there are around 350,000 religious congregations in the United States or roughly 1 church for every 1100 people.

The median church in the U.S. has 75 regular participants in worship on Sunday mornings.

60% of Americans attend a church with an attendance of 100 or less. 95% of Americans attend a church with an average weekly attendance of 500 or less.

“Only 13% of those born between 1980 and 2000 in a survey by the authors considered any type of spirituality to be important in their lives.” – Thom Rainer

Just as the early church was born in a prayer meeting, every successful church plant must be born in prayer.

“We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard of the first. No one has the right to hear the gospel twice, while there remains someone who has not heard it once” – Oswald J. Smith

“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because [there are places where] worship doesn’t.” – John Piper

“Some wish to live within the sound of Church or Chapel bell; I want to run a Rescue Shop within a yard of hell.” -C.T. Studd

ATTENDANCE # OF CHURCHES WEEKLY WORSHIPERS PERCENT

7-99

177,000

  9 million 59%

100-499

105,000

25 million 35%

500-999

12,000

  9 million 4%

1,000-1,999

6,000

  8 million 2%

2,000-9,999

1,170

  4 million .4%

10,000-plus

40

  .7 million .01%

TOTALS

approx. 300,000

approx. 56 million 100%

 

 

*For more info see: http://hirr.hartsem.edu/research/fastfacts/fast_facts.html#top

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