At last night's family meeting we spent a decent amount of time talking about church planting. Last week Erik Raymond posted on some of the rationale behind church planting. Here's an outline of his points. The whole post is worth reading.
SOME BIBLICAL & LOGICAL REASONS–
Multiplication is embedded in the Great Commission.
Church Planting rises out of faithful Great Commission Churches.
Church Planting follows the New Testament pattern.
Church Planting is an effective long-term evangelism strategy.
SOME PRACTICAL REASONS–
Church Planting stretches members.
Church Planting stretches leaders.
Church Planting is not (very) expensive.
My prayer is that pastors and churches would have the priority of faithfulness to the Great Commission and all if its implications. In some cases this means a reorientation of discipleship that includes being a missionary who pursues the planting of churches.
(HT: Ordinary Pastor)