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Unique people group resources and places in need of churches
The population of North America is 323
million, and growing daily. It is estimated that approximately 226 million are
lost and unreached. In order to obey the command of Jesus Christ to make
disciples of all ta ethne (people groups), the Church Planting Group
of the North American Mission Board advocates people-focused church planting
approaches. People-focused church planting seeks to plant the gospel
with contextual methods, addressing specific worldviews and cultures.
Biblical missiology is foundational to people-focused church
planting, providing the principles, patterns, and strategy for
evangelizing and congregationalizing the unreached peoples of North
It is easy to assume that North Americans are
over-churched. But, in reality, North America is a mission field so populous
that it cannot be reached for Christ without starting large numbers of new
churches. God is beginning a movement of church planting in North America--will
you join Him? Invest in eternity.
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therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them...., teaching
"Church planting is much more caught than
taught....If God is leading you to plant a church, do it. That's what I
- John Mark
Kansas City, Missouri
"Everything that we have given...God has always
replaced many times over. Church planting is God's way of extending His church
and His kingdom...all across our land."
Deer Trail, Colorado
"My intention as pastor was to help our church
see that we could have a better impact and a greater impact on our community
and our city if we would be involved in planting churches. If we could do that,
we would reach more people for Christ.
I want us to be a church that's just like the
church in the book of Acts that goes and is obedient to preaching the Word of
God and starting churches. And it doesn't matter how big the church is. If a
church makes a decision to plant a church, it will light a fire under your
people. They will become excited because they are seeing God do something - not
only in their local congregation - but outside the walls of that church. And
that's where God told us to be on mission - outside the walls of our
You don't have to be a large church to plant a
church. You just have to have a desire and a passion to reach lost people for
Christ. And if you have that desire, you'll find a way to do it."
"The greatest joy in starting a church is being
part of something only God can do!"
- Cliff Ramsey
Blue Springs, Missouri
"Church planting is for lay believers, not just
the seminary-trained and ordained few. Each believer is a vital part of a
church planting movement, if he or she believes right and then behaves
We must expect God to work around us, showing
us where a Bible study could begin - and begin through us. Once we see hearts
hungering for God, we must then obey God, and begin the process of starting a
church. This is not complicated - it is obedience."
"We never considered it losing a member in order
to start another church. I'll never forget the Sunday we lost, or sent, 85 of
our families. The very next week we had the largest attendance in Bible study
we have ever had in the history of our church. It's God's way of saying, 'You
can't out give Me.' We gave to that fellowship 85 tithing families. And yet God
had a way of supplying, and our giving has never been better than it is now. It
has never been a loss to our fellowship.
We can invest in something that will outlast
us. We can watch churches grow like we watch our children grow. I really need
to challenge my pastor friends to step out into deeper water and trust God in
multiplying their ministry by starting new work and see the blessing that
returns to their own local church family."
- Johnny Hunt
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