Southern Hills is not a rich church with a huge budget. However, we have determined to scrimp, save and spend ever dime we possibly can on planting churches around the world. We have helped to plant churches in India, Africa, Mexico, the South Pacific, Nepal, France, Italy and the UK. We have supported church plants in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. This year we are taking on for support church planters Anthony King to Hawaii, Matt Lahmann to St. Louis, Zeb Greenfield to Seattle, Micaiah Irmler to San Jose. Why is our little church in Las Vegas dedicated to giving away tens of thousands of dollars a year to plant new churches? Here are a few reasons:
In Matthew 16:18-19 we see the Lord’s promise to bless His church. I have seen this blessing in the lives of hundreds of people. Couples that are on the brink of divorce are brought back together by the work of Christ through His church. Teenagers who are dangerously rebellious, men who are utterly frustrated, and women who are simply lost have all been saved by the work of Christ through His church. The reason the church will never cease to exist is because it really works.
The Church is Uniquely Blessed by God
Though there are many good ministries that are not local churches such as orphanages, publishing houses, camps, colleges, campus ministries, and homeless shelters – none of them have been uniquely blessed by God as the church has been. In Matthew 16:18-19 we see the Lord’s dedication to His church. It is the church that is the body of Christ on earth (Romans 12, I Corinthians 12). It is through these local churches that Jesus is able to interact with society. Though there will always be a small segment of loud, ugly, wicked and rebellious churches who attract the attention of the media and other scorners, the fact is there are hundreds of underground and under-the-radar churches that are doing the work of God in this modern world. The church has worked pretty well over the past two thousand years due to the obvious blessing of God. I think we probably need to start and plant a bunch more.
Church Planting is Fun
Alright, I know that some of you are much more spiritual than I am and are a bit upset that I might consider anything in life… fun. Sorry! The fact is I can’t think of many other things that are more fun that planting a new church. It’s terrifying, yes! It’s exhausting, yes! It’s awesome, totally! Right now I am thinking about my friend Matt in St. Louis who yesterday had their first Sunday. They had 85 people in attendance and one person was saved! I know that this past Sunday at Southern Hills was amazing, but part of me wanted to be there when this new church came forth and presented itself to the world. Church planting is AWESOME!
Yep, at Southern Hills we are going to support as many of these plants as we possibly can.
Have you ever been involved in a church plant? Tell me about your experiences? Is there a better way than starting new churches? Please Comment Below: