I think all local churches should have an active expression of support in another church which is growing toward viability.
I don’t think local churches should outsource this support to their denomination.
Being supportive of a growing church helps a local church actively think about what it is doing to grow. It’s hard to pray for and celebrate another church’s growth and resist attitudes that nurture growth in your own context.
If a local church is not involved in some aspect of planting they should clearly know why they aren’t instead of thinking that being involved in one is the irregular state.

Ed Stetzer had a whole post about why churches should plant, but this paragraph particularly appealed to me.

There’s never a good time to plant a church – do it anyway.
I just gave five reasons why established churches should plant churches. There will always be numerous reasons why you shouldn’t. “We’re too small. We’re too young. We don’t have enough money.”
An informal survey several years ago asked pastors what was the optimal size to plant a church. Across the board, whether the church was large or small, most pastors answered about 25 percent larger than their existing church.
Planting a church is like having a baby. There’s never really a good time. There is enough time, money, energy, and space to have one. Childbirth is messy and has a lot of yelling, but in the end, a beautiful life is born, the labor is forgotten, and we often want to have another.
Choose not to become a cul-de-sac on the Great Commission Highway.
We’ve got a lot of churches on some strong birth control. We need to have a lot more pregnancies. Intended ones. We need to see some beautiful church plants born and then we’ll want to have another one. And another one.
I would exhort some established church pastors to get some skin in the game. Generously give to church planting, yes, but then go and plant a church. Choose not to become a cul-de-sac on the Great Commission Highway.

Read the whole post here.

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