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Why we need new Church plants in America

April 29, 2010

I found this video yesterday through my friend Jaime. She and her husband Mark are planting a new church in Arlington, VA. I found John Piper’s statements to be timely and right on the mark. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve ran into here in Dallas, Texas (aka “the Bible Belt”) who are un-churched, de-churched, or have been burned by the church.

I think it’s time for many of us to pray about planting new churches. Jeremiah and I are in that process as we finish out his degree in the next two years and pray about starting a new church (somewhere in America!) along with a core group of like-minded people.

Do any thoughts come to your mind about the state of churches in America today?

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  1. April 29, 2010 8:41 am

    we’re a part of a church plant- one year old- and it’s been incredible to experience. we’re a church for the unchurched- it’s been a real, true, authentic, organic thing to live in and we’re fascinated at what God is doing within it. http://www.theransomchurch.org/

  2. April 29, 2010 8:51 am

    that is great Megan. I didn’t know you were a part of a plant so that’s so cool to know. So encouraging to hear you’re a church for the unchurched too. It’s neat to see that more churches are sprouting up like that too. I checked out the site and it looks like you guys have some great things going on 🙂

  3. Jeremiah Krieger permalink
    April 29, 2010 8:56 am

    Hi Babe,

    Let’s get this degree thing done so we can get started! I love you!

  4. April 29, 2010 10:54 am

    i think im going to say i disagree. its either one….yea sure why not plant more churches. or 2 its time for the church to start rising up out of the ashes and do something. we are supposed to be doing greater things than Jesus did, but its not happening. well it might be in some places. its not noticeable though.

  5. April 29, 2010 1:25 pm

    Thanks for your thoughts Matthew. I don’t think Piper would say it’s not time for the church to rise up. The problem is that they aren’t and many are dying so they can’t rise up. Therefore, it’s time to allow Christ to do new things through a new plant…

  6. Jeremiah Krieger permalink
    April 29, 2010 7:59 pm

    Hi Matthew,

    Listen again to what Piper is saying. If new churches are not planted, then at the current ratio of decline, the church in America at large will die. While it would be wonderful to revitalize old churches, the reality is that all churches eventually die. Every church. There is an inherent need for church planting, and this should be done in conjunction with trying to revitalize existing churches- for those called to such ministries. However, right now the best use of resources are spent on church plants…for several reasons:

    1. Every reason listed in Piper’s message. 2. It creates spiritual growth in existing churches that launch new churches. 3. Generally, they are more relevant and intentional 4. It is easier than trying to change the culture of existing churches. This often takes years and can be painful and exhausting, and still lead to failure. 5. It opens up doors for new leadership to rise up. 6. They attract new people who may not otherwise be interested 7. You don’t have to fight against the reputation of existing churches 8. The church should divide and multiply- this is accomplished through church planting.

    Those were just a couple of quick thoughts off the top of my head. It is true that the church should be doing things greater than Jesus did…and it is. I can list a slew of churches that are having a noticeable global impact. However, sadly the Church at large has lost its effectiveness. Which is why it is better to do a church plant that starts with a few people who are like-minded and completely committed to being biblical, especially beginning with reconciliation.

    Anyway, your thoughts were provoking. They challenged me to think about why we are doing what we are doing…good stuff!

  7. May 6, 2010 12:10 pm

    Samantha and Jeremiah – it’s exciting that you guys are looking to plant a church! Have you been looking at organizations to come under to provide support/accountability?

  8. Jeremiah Krieger permalink
    May 6, 2010 12:32 pm

    Hi Aaron,

    We have not been avidly looking, but there are a few that are catching our eyes: Acts 29, Fellowship (In Little Rock, Arkansas), and Hill Country Bible Church in Austin, Tx. It will be a solid 2 years before we are ready for launch in that direction. I have to finish classes at DTS before we are ready to roll, and then we will need to rest/ recover for a summer. It has been quite a journey so far, and it get’s more exciting as we go. Do you have any suggestions for organizations?

    • May 6, 2010 12:40 pm

      Acts 29 is pretty amazing and their viability rating is something ridiculous like 97%. I’ve been reading up on their process for church planting and it’s incredibly thorough.

      I’ve only heard good things about Sovereign Grace as well.

      Harvest Bible Fellowship might also be worth considering. I’m a part of a Harvest in London, Ontario and I’ve never seen anything quite like what God is doing through that movement (granted, it’s also the second church I’ve ever been a part of, so my experience is limited).

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