There are many great ministry priorities for believers, why focus on church planting?
Because it is the best method of evangelism: New churches’ members are more active in sharing their faith and newer churches have higher rates of baptisms than older churches.
Because it is the best method of discipleship: New churches need everyone involved to be active in ministering to others, they can’t rely on a faithful few administering well-honed programs. It is harder to be a freeloader. New churches motivate people to get involved in ministry and develop their spiritual gifts for use in the church.
Because it is the best way to add members than simply growing an existing church: New churches on average grow at faster rates than older churches.
Because it is the best way to meet human needs: When entering a new city, the church is the best institution to meet the human needs in the area because of its holistic approach in meeting spiritual, emotional, and physical needs in the context of a supportive community. Other ways to meet human needs like through more government programs or non-profit organizations are often impersonal and not holistic.
If I’m not going to start a new church, what should I do? Help your existing church to be involved in starting. You’ll find that a ministry of church starting will give new energy to your church’s priorities of prayer, evangelism, discipleship, meeting human needs, and other ministries.