Why Church Planting
The New Testament teaches us to “make disciples of all nations.”
Population growth requires more churches.
Only 40% of the churches that die annually in the U.S. are replaced by new congregations.
The U.S. is currently the third largest unchurched nation in the world. Sociologicaltrends indicate:
- Declining percentages of Americans who call themselves Christians
- Declining memberships within traditional denominations
- Increasing percentages within religious minorities such as Muslim, Wicca, and paganism
- Increasing numbers of Americans who describe themselves as atheist, agnostic, or having “no” religion
One third of those who leave organized religion continue to actively seek a faith that better reflects their beliefs and needs, which church planting provides.
New churches tend to be evangelistically effective.
Church planting is often the most cost effective form of evangelism.
Since 1999 Restoration House Ministries has been privileged to assist in the birth of sixteen new churches. We continue to be amazed at the doors God is opening for church planting in New England and are grateful to be used by Him in ways only He could foresee.
Why Church Planting in New England
The region includes three of the four most densely populated states in the United States: Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. If New England were one state, its population would rank 5th in the nation, behind Florida.
Southern New England forms an integral part of the Boston-Washington megalopolis, a conglomeration of urban centers that spans from Boston, Massachusetts, to Washington, D.C.
The Northeast has surpassed the Pacific Northwest as the least religious region of the U.S. (American Religious Identification Survey, 2008).
The ratio of independent Christian churches in New England is 1 per 876,390 people (as compared to 1 per 50,000 people in other areas of the U.S.).
Over 260 colleges and universities including Ivy League institutions such as Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard, and Yale exert global influence in the educational, financial, and political arenas.
Ethnic diversity and international student populations provide opportunities for global impact.