It is Biblical: Jesus said, “I will build my church…” (Matthew 16:18) and calls us to “go and make disciples…” (Matthew 28:19-20). The pattern that emerges through Acts is that the apostles make disciples and appoint leadership in every city to lead those churches (Acts 2:42-47, 14:23, Titus 1:5). Paul, in fact, focused his energies on new churches, releasing local leadership to continue to evangelize and shepherd. It is through the planting of churches in key cities that the Roman empire was slowly transformed into Christendom.
New churches best reach the unchurched.
Missiologist C. Peter Wagner has famously said, “Church planting is the most effective evangelistic methodology known under heaven.” This statement has not been disputed. In fact, new churches gain more of their people from those who do not attend church (60-80%) versus churches 10-15 years and older gain most of their new members from other churches (80-90%). You can read Tim Keller’s four points on church planting by clicking the link.
What do you think? Have you seen this to be true?