Keller on “Why Plant Churches, Anyway?”

Church planting (as Steve Timmis is fond of saying) is the new sexy. Do you want to be cooler than a “mere” pastor of an established church? Do you want to be the envy of budding seminarians? Do you want to be the scapegoat of a declining church in your community? Then plant churches.

However, these are not adequate reasons to plant churches. More negatively stated, they are wholly inadequate reasons to plant churches!

So the question remains: Why plant churches, anyway? Tim Keller responds:

The vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for the 1) numerical growth of the Body of Christ in any city, and the 2) continual corporate renewal and revival of the existing churches in a city. Nothing else – not crusades, outreach programs, para-church ministries, growing mega-churches, congregational consulting, nor church renewal processes – will have the consistent impact of dynamic, extensive church planting.

Read the rest of Keller’s article here.