Why Plant Churches

Why have babies? Someone will occasionally ask me why a church should consider planting churches.  There is usually significant resistance behind the question and it is often followed with additional questions that hold out reasons why the person thinks their church can’t plant churches or that church planting is rarely necessary.

Asking “why should a church be a church-planting church?” is like asking a married couple, “why would you want to have a baby?”  I believe the answers to the two questions are very similar.

It is God’s design

It has always been God’s desire and design that local churches would multiply.  We see this from the Great Commission and then throughout the Book of  Acts and so many of the epistles.  Churches planting churches is how the gospel most often spreads and impacts communities.  Just like it was God’s design from the beginning for people to “be fruitful and multiply” through couples having babies so the church is also to be fruitful and multiply.

It enriches and stretches the life of the family

When a local church invests in planting other churches it will enrich the life of that church in so many ways as this great challenge and vision challenges and mobilizes the church.  It will demand that leaders be raised up, prepared and sent out.  It will stretch the leaders and staff of the church in many good ways.  People who don’t normally serve and engage may step into roles that are created  in the new or existing church.  Having a child certainly stretches and changes every family but it is also undoubtedly an enriching experience for every family.

It is costly but is worth every penny.

Babies are expensive.  There is just no way around it from diapers to medical bills to clothes.  But babies are worth the cost.  They are always worth the cost.  Church plants are also expensive.  They will cost the existing church in numerous ways financially.  There is just no way around the real financial costs of church planting.  But it is worth it.  Church plants are worth the cost to the existing church.

It multiplies future laborers.

Some parents may have children so that they have them around to help do the chores around the house or to help with the family business.  This is obviously less common now than in previous generations but it can still happen.  When we plant churches we also multiply future laborers.  The church plants grow up and become engaged congregations who join in the work of the gospel and hopefully multiply themselves in the future.

It expresses trust in God and glorifies Him.

Many couples are nervous when they prepare to have a baby and worry about if they are ready on various levels.  Ultimately, seeking to have children shows our trust in God and because it is His good plan it also glorifies Him.  For a church to move forward in seeking to plant churches will require trust in God because they are so many reasons not to plant.  It will also glorify God as we are engaging in significant gospel work when we do this.

Why would a church want to become a church planting church?  Perhaps the better question might be “why wouldn’t a church want to plant other churches?”  Friends, it is truly a worthwhile pursuit for every local church.  May God stir up many church planting churches across our nation and around the world for His glory!

cookCurtis Cook is the Pastor of Hope Fellowship Church in Boston MA. Curtis is married to Brandy, and they have two children, Hannah and Brennan. He enjoys time with Brandy and the kids, reading, coaching little league basketball and baseball, Dunkin Donuts coffee, following the Red Sox, and occasional games of pick-up basketball and flag football.