Why A New Church?
Why Plant a Church?
Church planting was the primary New Testament strategy for extending God’s kingdom and fulfilling His missionary mandate. The book of Acts depicts the spread of a church planting movement throughout Asia and Europe. Almost all of Paul’s letters were written to new churches either he or someone else he knew had started. Fulfilling the Great Commission will always involve planting new churches because “God has chosen the church to make known his manifold wisdom.” (Eph 3:10)
Why a New Church in Hendersonville?
Whereas many churches in the area are effectively engaging in the Great Commission, statistics are still concerning.
- Less than 20% of the county’s population attends a Christian church on any given weekend. (American Church Research Project)
- The percentage of population growth far exceeds the growth of church attendance.
- There are more than 40,000 people in a three mile range of Grace Church’s plant site. This number is projected to be 42,000 people by 2014.
- There are over 56,000 people in a four mile range of Grace Church’s plant site. This number is projected to be 59,000 people by 2014.
- Hendersonville’s population is nearly 61,000 people. 48,000 people in Hendersonville do not attend church on a given weekend.
There is a great need in Hendersonville for a new church to reach the 48,000 unchurched people in our community.