With about 350,000 evangelical churches in North America, some might say that we have enough. But consider these facts:
That means that only 1 out of 100 of the churches that claim to be “evangelical” are actually winning non-Christians to Christ. We desperately need more “Great Commission” churches.
As good stewards we must ask ourselves how we will spend our limited resources. Do we reenergize existing churches or work on starting new ones? The answer might be found in the following quote from Peter Wagner, a leading expert in church renewal:
I begin this book with a categorical statement that will seem bold and brash to some at first sight, even though it has been well substantiated by research over the past two or three decades: The single most effective evangelistic methodology under heaven is planting new churches. (Wagner, “Church Planting For a Greater Harvest,” Page 7.)
Those who have tried both will attest to the fact that it takes much more energy to bring new life into an existing church than to start a new one. As Audrey Malphurs puts it, “It is easier to have a baby than to raise the
Christian Schwarz in Natural Church Development surveyed over 1,000 churches from 32 countries and 6 continents. He discovered that new churches of 100 were 16 times more effective in winning new converts to Christ than megachurches.
Clearly, we need more churches that are passionate and effective in winning the lost to Christ.
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