Strategically Establishing New Churches
Planting new churches to spread God’s word should be part of every church’s strategy.
To fulfill Jesus’ instructions to spread His word and win new followers, church leaders should have a plan to expand. While it might be tempting for leaders to feel satisfied with their achievements, they should keep up their momentum, strive to expand their reach, and learn as much as they can about the steps involved in doing so.
In this book, Reverend Geary Reid explains the many factors involved in establishing new churches and provides practical instructions that church leaders can use on their journey. Reid begins with discussing the importance of a strategic plan guided by a clear mission statement, and he points out how critical it is for leaders to stay focused on the mission at hand and, like Joseph and Nehemiah, to stay true to their vision despite the noise and distractions that abound.
Reid explains how a steering committee can help guide long-term planning efforts, and he breaks down the major costs involved with building a new church, such as land, building construction, labor, parking, and information communication and technology (ICT). He details the numerous funding options available to church leaders, including donations, loans, and special fundraising events, and he provides an overview of how to effectively delegate tasks, appoint new church leaders, and coordinate opening ceremonies.
Underlying all these steps, Reid shares the importance leading by example, infusing one’s actions with God’s spirit and wisdom, and keeping in mind that church leaders are not in competition with one another but with Satan. By adhering to these principles, church leaders can continuously minister to the lost and win new believers.
The establishment of new churches must be part of the church’s strategy. God wants his children to plan, and their planning must go beyond tomorrow. He wants them to prepare to reach the lost, win new souls, and retain those members. The Lord has not asked believers to do something impossible. It can become a reality if leaders organize with their congregations to plant churches.
Strategically establishing a new church requires the congregation to pray about this project. Then, as believers pray and God gives them directions, the Lord will assist them with the finances needed to start and finish the building.
There are many costs associated with the establishment of new churches. Some of these costs are fixed prices, and others are variable costs. To acquire land for the church, leaders must seek lands that are free from disputes. Acquiring commercial lands may allow leaders to attract more persons to the church. Leaders must not share the church’s vision with everyone, since some persons may hate or envy them for establishing a new church. When constructing new churches, quality materials must be used. Skilled employees must also be involved in building God’s house.
The strategy to establish new churches will be multifaceted, involving many persons from the congregation. Since no church leader has all the information to start and complete a new church, a steering committee will be required. The assistance of external persons may also be required—for example, project managers, lawyers, realtors, bankers, engineers, etc. In many large churches, some of the congregants may be qualified and experienced in these areas, and the church leaders must utilize the technical skills of their qualified members.
God wants his children to be in an established place. In the beginning, God met with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. Later, he commanded Moses to build a tabernacle to meet his people. King Solomon built a temple unto the Lord. Jesus Christ told Peter, “Upon this rock, I will build my church.” Therefore, we see that God wants his people to be assembled where he can meet them regularly and give them instructions through their leaders.
Before new leaders are sent to lead new churches, they must be trained. These new leaders will need other support persons to work with them. Each church leader must possess certain qualities so that people will respect them, listen to them, and follow their ministries. The lifestyle of leaders must be good testimonies for the kingdom of God.
A great farewell service must be planned by those members assigned to the new church. For the opening ceremony of the new church, many dignitaries must be invited. Leaders must expect the presence of God to be at the opening ceremony and all other services.
Expanding and establishing new churches should be the aim of church leaders everywhere. Jesus asked His followers to spread the word and win new believers, and pastors should continuously find new opportunities to do so. In this book, author Geary Reid explains how church leaders can plan, finance, and build new churches and attract new members to the fold. Using Reid’s practical advice and instructions, church leaders will be well prepared for their mission to deliver God’s teachings to others.
A saved Christian since 1986, Reverend Geary Reid understands the value of spreading God’s word and attracting new followers to Jesus. Blessed with many years of experience in evangelism, project management, and financial management, he has gained unique insights into the challenges—both theological and practical—that church leaders face when expanding their churches and how those challenges can be overcome. With this book, Reid hopes to use his experience as a church leader to demystify the process of building new churches for others.
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