In the next few weeks we will be sharing “Ten Practical Steps For Planting New Churches,” written by Rev. Manuel Molina, who has served as a pastor, missionary and church planter in Mexico.
When the gospel came to our land, it traveled with itinerant preachers who planted the seed of the Word without waiting for it to bear fruit. The goal was for people to hear the Good News. They even sang, “I will plant the precious seed of the glorious gospel of love…and I will leave the results to the Lord.” With the passing of time, Christian denominations that came to our country placed an emphasis on forming churches to teach new believers. Today we know the best way to advance the Kingdom of Heaven is to plant new churches in communities. When a healthy church is established in a community, it impacts the entire neighborhood with the power of the gospel. Desperate people find hope, sick people are healed, sinners are forgiven, wicked people are transformed, and the power of evil must retreat in the face of the Word of God. There is nothing that impacts a community more than establishing a healthy, growing church. It was God’s greatest invention to organize his disciples to accomplish the Great Commission in this way.
The Ten Steps are not magic or original keys to planting churches, but church planters actively working in the field have developed them. They can simplify the planning process and give church planters the tools to use so they can focus their energies and resources in the areas that produce the greatest results. If you follow the steps in order, the church will develop in accordance with the principles and goals the planter envisions. The order is important, but in some cases, it might be possible to change or adapt them.
***Discover step one in the next post.