Beyond Nickels and Noses: The True Impact of Church Planting

by | May 20, 2024 | Church Growth, Church Planting, Discipleship

Imagine, my friends, a world overflowing with factories of faith. These aren’t your average brick-and-mortar operations – these are powerhouses churning out kingdom goodness 24/7. That’s what planting churches is all about!

We can get caught up in counting nickels and noses (attendance and finances are important, sure!). But the true impact of a church plant? It goes way beyond those metrics.

Think of it like this: have you ever dreamt of catching a glimpse of heaven’s highlight reel (if such a thing exists)? Because that’s the only way we’ll ever truly grasp the breadth and depth of what these church plants accomplish.

 Here’s the deal:

 

The Apostle Paul lays it down in 1 Corinthians 15:58 (CEV): “You must stand firm, unshakable, excelling in the work of the Lord, as always, because you know that your labor isn’t going to be for nothing in the Lord.”

The Message translates it like this: “With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.”

That’s the battle cry, friends! Planting churches ignites a firestorm of kingdom activity, one believer at a time. It’s about unwavering commitment, knowing that the impact we create ripples out far beyond what we can see in this lifetime. So let’s get to work! Let’s build those factories of faith and unleash the unmeasurable power of church planting!

The Ripple Effect: Kingdom Goodness Beyond Walls

 

But how exactly does a church plant become this powerhouse of positive change? It all starts with a simple truth: people. A church plant draws in folks hungry for connection and purpose.

Here’s the magic:

  • Lives are transformed: As people encounter the Gospel message and build relationships with Christ, their hearts and minds are renewed. They find healing, hope, and a fresh perspective on life.
  • Community flourishes: These transformed individuals don’t just sit on the sidelines. They become active participants, using their gifts and talents to serve others and build a strong, supportive community within the church walls.
  • Love spills over: The positive energy doesn’t stay contained. The church becomes a launching pad for acts of kingdom kindness. Soup kitchens are opened, after-school programs are launched, and helping hands reach out to those in need.

This ripple effect, friends, is what makes church planting so incredible. It’s not about creating a club for the chosen few. It’s about igniting a movement of faith, hope, and love that transforms individuals, strengthens communities, and impacts the world for the better.

Fueling the Fire: Your Role in the Movement

 

Maybe you’re thinking, “This all sounds fantastic, but how can I be a part of it?” Here’s the good news: there’s a place for everyone in the church planting movement!

  • Prayer Warriors: The unseen heroes! Fuel the fire with your constant prayers for church planters, new believers, and the communities they serve.
  • Financial Partners: Every seed sown helps these factories of faith get off the ground and keep running strong.
  • Volunteer Champions: Roll up your sleeves and get involved! From construction projects to mentoring programs, there are countless ways to help.

The bottom line? Don’t underestimate the power of your contribution, my friend. Every act of faith, every generous gift, and every hour volunteered adds up to something huge.

So, are you ready to join the movement? Let’s build those factories of faith together and unleash the unstoppable power of church planting!

Read more blog posts by Jef Hoglen, D.Min

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