Has your congregation ever planted a new church?

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Has your congregation/church ever planted a new church?

Poll closed Jun 22, 2012.
  1. Yes, we have started at least one new church.

    38.5%
  2. Yes, we have started two or more new churches.

    30.8%
  3. Yes, we have started more than 10 new churches.

    7.7%
  4. We added a congregation within our own by some means.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. No, we have not started a new church.

    7.7%
  6. We would never consider starting a new church.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Starting new churches is not the work of congregations.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Starting new churches IS the work of the local church.

    30.8%
  9. We started a new church/congregation within the past 5 years.

    23.1%
  10. We started a new church/congregatgion lomger than 5 years ago.

    15.4%
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  1. glfredrick

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    The question is simple, and I'm not even really looking for a debate here, just information.

    "Has YOUR congregation ever planted (started) a new church (congregation)? And if so, when was the last time?
     
  2. webdog

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    First time was in '06, another in '09...and by extension the first church planted will be starting a plant this year.
     
  3. Tom Bryant

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    We have planted 2 churches, one is still serving Jesus, the other lasted about 18 months and failed.
     
  4. annsni

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    Our church has had one pastor who felt led to start a new church in his hometown and we supported him for a year while he got the work begun. We sent worship teams and support teams (nursery/Sunday school staff) for that year as well but it was not an official church plant of ours.

    We have started two other church campuses in the last year and a half but they are not independent churches. There is a difference.

    So no, we have not started any new church plants.
     
  5. glfredrick

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    My current congregation has not planted a new church in their history. That is about to change, but until it does, I am pastor of a flock who has never extended itself into another people.

    Otherwise, I have been part of other churches who have planted churches. Sojourn is now somewhere around 15 and more on the way (they are only 10-years old themselves and have 4 campus locations that extend their own congregation all around the area, plus have started a world-wide network and hired the personnel to plant others). Before that, Valley View, who started one new work in the past 5 years, but started about 10 over its life.

    Before that, I was the pastor and associational moderator of a General Baptist church and I helped to plant one church in the 5 years I was there.

    Before that, I was the lead planter for Rolling Hills Church in Platteville, WI. We adopted a mother church for the start, but they technically did not "plant" the new congregation. Most of the efforts came from outside the mother church and they were there mostly for spiritual support. RHC is now 10 years old and owns a building that was once the home of the Christian Science group on the town square of the city. I used to go there to witness and pray (and argue... :laugh:) and one of my prayers was that God would give us that building. He did!

    Before that, I assisted with two other church starts (both failed) in Wisconsin, one in Wisconsin Rapids and the other near Tomah. They failed because the motives of the senior pastor (not me) were financial instead of directed to God. He was in it becasue he got MONEY from the Home Mission Board, but did nothing with it except use it for his own gain. Meanwhile the poor congregation members worked their tails off to try to get one of the new works off the ground. I learned how NOT to start a new congregation from that effort.

    I am also a Nehemiah Project (NAMB) trained church starter, a NAMB trained church planter assessor, and have practical experience in starting new congregations, having assisted in multiple others not listed here.
     
  6. preachinjesus

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    We've directly started/planted (historically) about 25 churches over the past 20 years. It is something our church is known for in the commmunity. We love it.

    If you include assistance for, or participation in, international and long distance national church starts that number goes above 50 easily.

    I like that you included the question about whether one views it as a job for the local church. We absolutely believe church plants plant best with grown out of another church. This is a DNA thing for us and it is vital for how we go about our task. We want to distribute ministry among our people and not cloister around one speaker.

    While I appreciate the desire of national agencies, even regional agencies, for aiding new church starts I am not a firm believer they should take a primary role. Too often we see churches coming out of these agencies that end up cause division in the communities they start new churches or the churches have a higher failure rate. This isn't to say it is a bad activity, we just need to remember it probably isn't the only way to do things.

    We need at least 100,000 new churches in the next 15 years if evangelicalism is going to remain strong and reach the lost. We need these churches to be a polyphony of cultural expressions and utilizing unique ways to reach the individuals they are there to reach. Church planting is an exciting and necessary ministry. :)
     
  7. glfredrick

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    Amen! :godisgood:
     
  8. Earth Wind and Fire

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    On the contrary, all I see (with the exception of the RCC's) is them closing up......sad.
     
  9. Salty

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    so when will those campuses become independent?
     
  10. annsni

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    I don't believe there is a plan for that to happen.
     
  11. HAMel

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    The church we used to attend does a fabulous job of reproducing gossipers.
     

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