What is the Purpose of Church Planting?

by | Feb 5, 2024 | Church Planting, Discipleship | 1 comment

Church planting, a term that resonates deeply within the Christian community, involves establishing new local churches in communities where they are non-existent or scarce. This endeavor is not merely about constructing new buildings or increasing numbers; it’s a deeply spiritual and strategic effort aimed at fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).

The short answer:


The main reason for church planting, at its very core, is to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20). This command is not merely about increasing the number of believers but involves a deeper, transformative process of guiding individuals to follow Jesus, teaching them to observe all that He has commanded, and then multiply themselves in order to continue the process of making disciples.


The components are intentional & ongoing:


1. Spreading the Gospel


At its core, church planting serves as a primary means for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. New churches provide fresh platforms for people to encounter the transformative message of salvation, grace, and love that Christianity offers. By establishing churches in new geographical and cultural contexts, the church can reach diverse groups of people, adapting its methods of evangelism to meet different needs and backgrounds. Evangelism leads to salvation which is the first step in the discipleship process.


2. Living in Community


Churches often become the heart of a community, providing its members with a sense of belonging and support. New churches can foster tight-knit communities where people share life’s joys and challenges, pray for one another, and grow together in faith. In an era marked by isolation and digital disconnect, church plants can offer a genuine, life-giving community. Remember, everyone wants to be loved and also love others. The church community is the perfect place.


3. Opportunities for Spiritual Growth


Church plants provide environments where individuals can explore and grow in their faith. Through worship, teaching, discipleship, and service, new churches equip believers to deepen their understanding of God, cultivate spiritual disciplines, and live out their faith in practical, impactful ways.

Spiritual growth doesn’t happen by accident. Spiritual maturity doesn’t happen automatically as one ages. People need to take responsibility for their growth, but at the same time, the church is responsible for offering discipleship “vehicles” that will help people move forward.


5. Multiplying Leadership


Church planting should naturally multiply leadership within the church. Again, this will not happen by accident. It is vital that we set a pathway to equip and train leaders for the church to thrive in the generations to follow.

Small groups are another way to offer opportunities for emerging leaders to step up, develop their gifts, and take on significant roles. This aspect of church planting not only benefits the new congregations but also strengthens the global church by raising up a new generation of committed, skilled leaders.


Winding it up…


The purpose of church planting is multifaceted, touching on evangelism, community building, spiritual growth, social impact, and leadership development.  It’s a call to action for the church to extend its boundaries, deepen its impact, and faithfully carry out the mission entrusted to it by Christ.

In a world craving hope and meaning, the church plant stands as a beacon of light, inviting all to discover the life-changing message of the Gospel.

Read more blog posts by Jeff Hoglen, D.Min.

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