According to research, after four years of labor, the average size of a church plant in North America is 100 people (that’s total attendance). Yet most Church Planters I have assessed, trained, and/or coached never start a church with the intention of being a church of 100 people or less. Very few churches are launched with the view that in five short years they will plateau or stagnate in their growth, becoming inwardly focused on maintaining their existing structures.
My observation of church plants (since 1985) is that the majority of new churches that grow quickly and pass through the ordinary size barriers have done so by one of two ways:
1) they launched as a Hive-off from an existing mother church (usually launching with over 100 people)
2) they “benefited” from another local church’s painful conflict and resulting split. In that scenario, the new church is a small mission one Sunday and then the next Sunday there is a large influx of previously churched people and momentum up flows from there.
Rarely do I find new churches that are growing by an intentional, focused mission on reaching the spiritually lost unchurched. But healthy, living things grow and reproduce.
So, let's explore the dynamics of planting a church that will reproduce itself. If we are going to ever have a church planting movement, we will need to plant churches that intend to reproduce themselves regularly. But before we get down to the nuts and bolts, let’s consider these Two Non-negotiable Assumptions:
1. You, as the Church Planter, must want to plant a church that reproduces. You must see this as God’s will for you and His Church.
2. You must be ruthless with setting and keeping the DNA for reproduction. Every decision, from who will serve as your first leaders, staffing decisions, your first budget decisions, the location and facility decisions will all be tested. Will you grow one large church that does missions or will you reproduce the church?
3 Key/Essential Perspectives for Planting
Dr. Tom Wood
I've been in the Church Planting business my entire career. I want you to know, you don't have to plant a church alone!