“The vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for the numerical growth of the Body of Christ in any city, and the continual corporate renewal and revival of the existing churches in a city.” Dr. Tim Keller
WHY PLANT NEW CONGREGATIONS?
Tim Keller, Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Founder of Redeemer City to City, and a leading national expert on church planting also notes that beginning new faith communities represents a response to the biblical mandate found in the Great Commission and proves most effective in “reaching new generations, new residents, and new people groups,” especially in our post-modern society. In addition, significant numbers of young men and women are being drawn to an expression of faith with historic roots incorporating liturgical worship, which positions North American Anglicanism as particularly appealing.
Rooted in a church planting movement, our Diocese continues to hold church planting as a core value. We are committed to careful study of a specific location and its ethos in order for leaders to identify a “people, place, and purpose” in which to do ministry. We are not about a “one size fits all” approach but rather embrace a balance of contextual ministry while holding dear our Anglican distinctives, history and liturgy. As a Diocese, we are committed to engaging our culture and establishing new missional faith communities that will in turn “go and do likewise.” As with our existing congregations, each church plant is encouraged to plant two new works in five years. Planting new Kingdom faith communities is a high calling and demanding, but it reaps a powerful harvest of transformed lives.
Churches can be formed in various ways including planting daughter communities from an existing congregation; a group of laity that gathers, forms a core group of Christ followers, and seeks clergy leaders to join them; or an ordained leader (or one seeking ordination) who identifies a core group and launches a new faith community.