Why Church Planting?

Despite the church planting boom in the United States (and in the SBC) over the last several years, there can still be resistance to planting among existing churches. I addressed some of the common objections to church planting in a previous article. However, with this article I want to address church planting from a more positive stance - that is, what are the reasons for church planting? I’m going to provide several “factors” that give the rationale for starting new churches. The first factor is... The Biblical Mandate Factor - Although the phraseology “church planting” is not mentioned in the New Testament, the concept is certainly assumed and practiced. The Great Commission Mandate to “m

Challenge for the New Year

As we are entering a new year we normally begin to think about setting some new goals. One of those goals that I normally try to set is that of reading good books. In Northwest Indiana as we enter into the January through April frigid season, it’s a good time to spend inside the warm confines of your house sipping coffee and reading a good book, right? Some of you might agree with that statement until the “reading a good book” part! I know for some, reading books, or even a single book, is like someone has said - “it’s like trying to drink down a huge vitamin…you know you’ll be healthier for it – but everything within you refuses to swallow!” 1 Some Christians see reading good Christian and

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