by Steve Cordle
There are over 350,000 churches in the United States â€“ thatâ€™s enough right? Wrong.
Itâ€™s not enough to reach our nation. Church attendance in the U.S. over the last decade dropped more than 15%. Over 180 million Americans do not have a vital church connection. Less than 5% of churches are growing through reaching the unchurched.
Peter Wagner is famous for saying â€œThe single most effective evangelistic methodology under heaven is planting new churches. (â€œChurch Planting For a Greater Harvest,â€ Page 7.) Simply put, new churches reach more new people than existing churches do.
The cell-based church sees multiplication of cells as a natural result of fulfilling our mission to evangelize and disciple people. Just as a healthy cell will grow and multiply, a healthy church should multiply too. If we are developing leaders who know how to reach others, then we can challenge them to multiply cells that can become a new church.
Is it easy? Surely not. Is it vital? Absolutely.
How have you been casting the vision to your leaders to consider getting equipped to plant a church?