Why Plant Churches in the US

Why Plant Churches in the US

  The mission of Every Nation Ministries work, which Cindy and I have served with for more than 15 years, is to make disciples and establish Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially-responsible churches and campus ministries in every nation.

With churches existing in perceived abundance, why would Kingdom resources be directed toward starting new churches?  Some people strongly believe that new churches will only weaken the already struggling existing churches. Why not spend our energy and resources helping revitalize declining churches?  Some of the existing churches that are in decline can be revitalized.

Unfortunately, most cannot because of established forms, traditions, mindsets, cultures, and inherent pride.  The statistics for established churches are not promising:

 

  • Between 50 and 75 U.S. churches close their doors every week. (Barna Research)
  • More than 80% of the churches in the U.S. have plateaued or are declining. (Barna Research)
  • In the United States alone, there are over 200 million unchurched people, making the U.S. the third largest mission field in the world. (Barna Research)
  • Since 1991, the number of adults in the U.S. who do not attend church has nearly doubled. (Barna Research)
  • Seventy-seven percent of Americans do not have a consistent, life-giving connection with a local church. (Olsen Research)
  • The largest unreached people group in America is the 20-somethings. (Barna Research)
  • 51.9 million people in the U.S. between the ages of 20-38 are not connected with the existing churches. (Gallup Poll)
  • Eight million 20-somethings alive today will no longer attend church by the time they turn 30. (Barna Research)
  • The percentage of people in attendance at a Christian church has dropped from 20.4 percent in 1990 to under 18 percent in 2005. In ten years, that number is projected to be less than 15 percent. (Olsen Research)
  • America has more people but fewer churches per person. There are 60 percent fewer churches per capita now than there were in 1920. (Dave Earley Research)

 

 

  Jesus’s command to His followers is clear: “Make disciples of all nations.”  We will not fulfill this without starting new churches in new communities and among different people groups.  As Luke records in the book of Acts, Jesus coupled this Great Commission command with the statement, “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

The story of the book of Acts is the story of the establishment, growth and multiplication of the church in initial and partial fulfillment of these commands to multiply.

  Every Nation Ministries is where the story continues in our generation to pursue the Great Commission by planting churches and campus ministries and to send disciples on mission into a world in need of Jesus.

 

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